How Many Of These Halloween Facts Do You Know?

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It's that time of year again, Halloween. We can't believe it's come around so quickly! However, while we all know October 31st and we all know about trick or treating and horror movies, pumpkins, and dressing up as Freddy Krueger, how much do you ACTUALLY know about Halloween? Take our ultimate Halloween quiz to find out if you're a ghoulish genius.

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1. So, first things first, on what date is Halloween celebrated?

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  1. April 1st
  2. December 25th
  3. January 2nd
  4. October 31st
Halloween is celebrated on October 31st as the eve of All Hallows Day, or All Saints Day, on November 1st.
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2. At what time are Werewolves said to transform themselves?

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  1. Mid-day
  2. When there's a full moon
  3. At the crack of dawn
  4. 11:30am
The full moon has always been associated with wolves and werewolves. Wolves are said to howl at the full moon because they love and miss her.
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3. Dracula was said to live in Transylvania, but in what country is the real Transylvania?

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  1. USA
  2. Brazil
  3. Romania
  4. Italy
Many people don't know that Transylvania is actually a real place in Romania.
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4. The name Halloween is just a shorter name for which Christian holiday?

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  1. All Hallows' Eve
  2. Easter
  3. Bonfire Night
  4. Boxing Day
Halloween is known by a number of different names such as All Hallows' Eve, Allhalloween, and All Saints Eve.
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5. What's the name of this movie about a group of friends who investigate and hunt down ghosts in New York City?

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  1. The Goonies
  2. The Exorcist
  3. Ghostbusters
  4. Poltergeist
Ghostbusters is a DEFINITE Halloween classic.
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6. In what decade did Trick or Treating become popular in the USA?

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  1. 1710's
  2. 2000's
  3. 1460's
  4. 1930's
Although people trick or treated before then, only after 1930 did the term become popular and mainstream.
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7. If a werewolf was to attack you, which of these is said to immediately kill it?

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  1. Your fists
  2. An Assault Rifle
  3. A Gun With Silver Bullets
  4. A Samurai Sword
Werewolves hating silver dates back to the legend of the Beast of Gévaudan, in which a gigantic wolf was killed by a hunter wielding a gun loaded with silver bullets..
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8. Victorian's truly believed in the supernatural. But what was the real reason they kept bells in their coffins?

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  1. To take it with them to the afterlife as a gift
  2. In case they were buried alive by accident and could ring for help
  3. There was no reason
  4. To play music
Yes, Victorian's really buried you with a bell - just in case you happened to be buried alive by accident.
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9. In Mary Shelley's novel, what brought Frankenstein's monster to life?

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  1. Electricity
  2. A naggin of rum
  3. CPR
  4. A cheese sandwich
Although Dr. Frankenstein does not reveal EXACTLY how he brought Frankenstein to life, it is hinted that he was brought to life by electricity. Mary Shelley was inspired by experiments on dead bodies using electricity at the time.
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10. Which fruit do you go 'bobbing' for as part of a classic Halloween game?

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  1. Passion Fruit
  2. Bananas
  3. Apples
  4. Oranges
Little is known about the origin of apple bobbing, but it is known that people have been doing it for hundreds of years on Halloween.
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11. What's the name of this 1984 American slasher film featuring Freddy Krueger?

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  1. Avatar
  2. A Nightmare On Elm Street
  3. Titanic
  4. Gladiator
A Nightmare on Elm Street terrified people when it hit cinemas and tells the story of Freddy Krueger, a disfigured midnight mangler who preys on teenagers in their dreams, which, in turn, kills them in reality.
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12. How many years is Halloween thought to have been celebrated for?

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  1. 1,000,000
  2. 150,000
  3. 25
  4. 6,000
It's believed Halloween first began being celebrated in around 4,000BC.
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13. In which legendary city is the United States' largest Halloween parade?

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  1. Cheyenne
  2. New York City
  3. Galveston
  4. Seattle
The Village Parade in NYC includes over 50,000 participants and draws over 2 million spectators.
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14. A child born on Halloween is said to possess what supernatural ability?

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  1. They can talk to spirits
  2. They're great at football
  3. They're very funny
  4. They have an incredible voice
Halloween is said to be the day when the world of the living and the world of the dead is most connected. An old wives tale claims that children born on October 31st can speak to the dead.
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15. Dracula was based on a real-life prince, but what was his name?

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  1. Prince Charles
  2. The Prince of Denmark
  3. Vlad The Impaler
  4. Prince Harry
Vlad The Impaler was born in Transylvania and had a genuine thirst for blood. It's thought Vlad was much more evil in real life than the fictional Dracula ever was.
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16. In what year will the next full moon occur during Halloween?

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  1. 2095
  2. 2020
  3. 4404
  4. 7142
There hasn't been a full moon on Halloween since 2001, and after 2020, there won't be another one until 2039.
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17. What's the name for a ghost that is said to make loud noises and throw things about?

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  1. Messy Spirit
  2. Poultry Ghost
  3. Poltergeist
  4. Angry Ghoul
Poltergeists are supposedly the scariest type of ghost. They're known for making lots of noise, opening and closing doors, throwing objects about, and generally just scaring people to death.
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18. In the USA, how many pieces of candy are handed out to each Trick or Treater on average?

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  1. 25 Pieces
  2. 12 Pieces
  3. 2 Pieces
  4. 100 Pieces
Two pieces were most common at 50%, next up being three pieces at 22%.
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19. What's the only way you can kill a zombie?

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  1. Cut off its head or destroy its brain
  2. Strangulation
  3. Machine gun fire
  4. Napalm
Zombies spread infection via biting people - and the only way to definitely kill a zombie is to remove the head from the body, or to completely destroy the brain.
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20. What were mummies actually wrapped up in?

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  1. Skin
  2. Bed Sheets
  3. Linen Cloth
  4. Toilet Paper
After dehydration, the mummy was wrapped in numerous layers of linen cloth. Within the layers, Egyptian priests placed small amulets to guard from evil.
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21. How heavy was the world's largest pumpkin?

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  1. 2 Tonne
  2. 1,502 Pounds
  3. 12 Pounds
  4. 1 Million Pounds
It was grown by Ron Wallace of Greene, Rhode Island and at 1,502 pounds it is still the largest pumpkin ever grown.
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22. Which of these would you NOT use to kill a vampire?

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  1. Poison
  2. A wooden stake
  3. Holy Water
  4. Sunlight
The manner in which to kill a vampire has evolved over the years, but poison is not customarily known to affect an immortal.
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23. In which Massachusetts town were infamous witch trails held?

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  1. Hogansville
  2. Plymouth
  3. Salem
  4. Landrake
Between February 1692 and May 1693 more than 200 people were accused, 19 of whom were found guilty and executed by hanging. One other man, Giles Corey, was crushed to death for refusing to plead. Nasty!
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24. Which American author is responsible for creating such spine-chilling novels as 'Salem's Lot,' 'IT,' and 'The Shining'?

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  1. Stephen King
  2. Steven Strange
  3. Eddie Vedder
  4. Edgar Allan Poe
To date, King has published 61 novels and has sold more than 350 million copies, all beginning with 'Carrie' in 1974.
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25. Before directing blockbuster hits such as 'The Avengers,' filmmaker Joss Whedon was best known for creating which TV show featuring a teenage girl fighting evil?

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  1. Buffy The Vampire Slayer
  2. Law & Order
  3. M*A*S*H
  4. Dark Thoughts
This 90s classic ran for seven series and won 2 Emmy and six Saturn awards.
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26. Which color cat used to be associated with the devil and witchcraft?

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  1. Tortoise Shell
  2. Ginger
  3. Black
  4. Brown
In the 14th Century, black cats became linked with the devil, and many of them were killed during the Black Death pandemic. This proved to be a huge mistake as the cats would have helped kill the rats that spread the plague.
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27. What is the name of the killer featured in John Carpenter's pioneering slasher film from 1978?

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  1. The Lost One
  2. Sam
  3. The Wishmaster
  4. Michael Myers
On a small budget of roughly $300,000, 'Halloween' became a huge success, making over $60 million at the box office and birthing a genre.
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28. Complete the title of this modern horror classic - 'Interview With The ________'

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  1. Horse
  2. Ghoul
  3. Faceless Man
  4. Vampire
A must-read for fans of the gothic, the book spawned a total of eleven sequels, collectively known as The Vampire Chronicles, and the spin-off series New Tales of the Vampires.
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29. "Season of the Witch" is a 1966 song written by which Scottish singer, songwriter, and guitarist?

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  1. Rhianna
  2. The Cure
  3. Tom Waits
  4. Donovan
An early example of psychedelic rock, the song is as famous for the number of famous covers it's had. Some of the more notable artists to tackle the song include Hole, Lana Del Ray, and Joan Jett.
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30. Candy corn was originally called what?

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  1. Sugar pops
  2. Sweet Pals
  3. Chicken feed
  4. Rocket Tums
Here's a fun fact; each kernel of Candy Corn has its unique shape, just like a snowflake!
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31. In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be what kind of mythical being?

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  1. Witches
  2. Spirits
  3. Ogres
  4. Magicians
The Greeks and Romans believed witches could turn themselves into owls, and in animal form, they would suck the blood of young children! Obviously, they were wrong!
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32. Black and orange are the colors of Halloween! What does the color black represent?

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  1. Love
  2. Death
  3. Joy
  4. Anger
Black used to be a typical color of clothing to Halloween bonfires, traditionally as a sign of mourning, to honor their late relatives.
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33. What do mummies smell like?

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  1. Perfume
  2. New Car
  3. Incense
  4. Oranges
Although they have been buried for thousands of years, mummies still have a slight smell of the incense they were buried with.
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34. Which object would people look into at midnight on Halloween to see their future partner?

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  1. A Mirror
  2. A sink
  3. A window
  4. A Glass of water
Maybe try this old wives tale yourself. Stare into a mirror at the stroke of 12 o clock and see if you can see the future...
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35. Halloween has thought to have been around since which century?

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  1. 1800s
  2. 1700s
  3. 800s
  4. 1900s
Although the holiday of Halloween began around the 1700s, people have given significance to this time of year for over 6000 years!
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36. The "bon" in bonfire is a reference to witch part of the body?

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  1. Bones
  2. Skull
  3. Spine
  4. Feet
During The Gaelic festival of Samhain, priests lit large fires to represent the sun returning after winter. They would throw the bones of cattle into the flames, thus, "bone fire."
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37. In which state in the USA was the pumpkin declared the state fruit?

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  1. New Hampshire
  2. Colorado
  3. Florida
  4. Washington
The definition of a fruit is, “the usually edible reproductive body of a seed plant.” Pumpkins are edible and contain seeds! Therefore they are fruits!
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38. The tradition Italian Halloween cookie, 'Fave dei Morti,' roughly translates to what?

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  1. Drops of Love
  2. Beans of the Dead
  3. Flavor of Mama
  4. Cheese of the Gone
'Fave dei mortis' are almond cookies that are traditionally made in many regions of Italy at the end of October to be eaten during the period of Ognissanti, or, All Saints’ Day!
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39. In a few American towns, Halloween was originally known as what?

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  1. The Day of Life
  2. Cabbage Night
  3. Thanksgiving
  4. Night of Frogs
The term Cabbage Night stems from a Scottish tradition where girls used cabbage stumps to predict information about their future husbands.
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40. How much are American consumers expected to spend on Halloween?

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  1. $44.50
  2. $1 Peso
  3. $100
  4. $8.4 Billion
Halloween is second only to Christmas for holiday consumer spending.
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41. In what US state is it illegal to dress up as a priest or nun?

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  1. Oregon
  2. New York
  3. Alabama
  4. Florida
Dressing up as a priest or nun is technically 'fraudulently pretending to be a clergyman' in Alabama and can you land yourself a $500 fine or even up to a year in county jail.
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42. In what country did Halloween originate?

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  1. Ireland
  2. Russia
  3. France
  4. USA
Halloween came from the ancient Celtic festival Samhain. Samhain comes from old Irish and means 'the end of summer'.
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43. Before fancy dress, what did people originally wear on Halloween?

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  1. Animal Skins and Heads
  2. Potato Bags
  3. Nothing
  4. Rags
The Celts and Roman tribes traditionally wore the heads and skins of animals to bring them closer to the dead.
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44. Before people used pumpkins, what were the original Jack O' Lanterns made of?

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  1. Carrots
  2. Mars Bars
  3. Turnips
  4. Oranges
They were originally carved from Turnips and were intended to ward off unwanted visitors.
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45. Ironically, some people are terrified of Halloween. What do you call a real phobia of it?

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  1. Ghoulorrhea
  2. Weeptoolosis
  3. Scaredycatitus
  4. Samhainophobia
The name, Samhainophobia, comes from the original word for Halloween, Samhain.
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46. Who is the hockey mask-wearing antagonist in the 'Friday The 13th' franchise?

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  1. Susan Marsh
  2. Albert Fish
  3. Mr. Nasty
  4. Jason Voorhees
One of the most successful media franchises in America, 'Friday The 13th', has spawned twelve movies, not to mention novels, comic books, video games, and more!
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47. In which country did Trick or Treating apparently originate?

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  1. Colombia
  2. Canada
  3. Spain
  4. Iceland
The first written account of Trick or Treating comes from a 1925 article in a Canadian newspaper.
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48. Who is the author of the famous 'Goosebumps' books?

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  1. R. S. Squirrel
  2. P. G. Tips
  3. R. L. Stine
  4. J. K. Rowling
Since it was first published in 1992, 350 million copies of the 'Goosebumps' series books have been sold around the world!
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49. The phrase 'Hocus Pocus' originates from which religion?

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  1. Hinduism
  2. Islam
  3. Judaism
  4. Catholicism
This phrase is often believed to originate from the Catholic liturgy of the Eucharist, which contains the phrase “Hoc est enim corpus meum,” meaning, 'This is my body.'
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50. Finally, how much money will be spent on Halloween candy this year?

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  1. $1 billion
  2. $2.6 billion
  3. $200 Million
  4. $3 Million
According to the National Retail Federation's annual survey, consumers are expected to spend $2.6 billion on candy this year for Halloween!
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