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The All-American Halloween Trivia Quiz
This following trivia quiz is all about Halloween traditions and stats here in the U.S. To participate just get out paper and pen or pencil and answer the following questions by making an answer selection from the choices provided. Answers are found at the end of the questions, and there you can tally up your score to see how well you did. Good luck!
The All-American Halloween Trivia Quiz
1. Over the course of the past 40 years what single pre-packaged non-candy bar treat has been most often given out to Trick-or-Treaters?
a. Tootsie Rolls
b. Mary Janes
c. Pixie Stix
d. Hersey’s Kisses
j. Now & Laters
k. candy corn
l. Smarties candy rolls
m. peanut butter taffy
n. candy pumpkins
o. Sugar Babies
2. What sad event happened on October 31, 1926?
a. The Great Chicago Fire
b. Stage magician Harry Houdini died
c. The Titanic sank
d. The avocado replaced the pumpkin as the official state vegetable in California
3. According to a 2010 study more men bought or ordered this costume for their wife or lover more than any other. What is it?
a. French maid
b. sexy witch
c. harem girl
d. Catholic school girl uniform
e. Princess Leia
f. Playboy bunny
g. hot nurse
h. school lunch lady
4. For the past twenty years what prank have American police been called in to investigate the most frequently?
b. toilet tissue rolling
c. flaming poop in a bag
d. the vanishing doorbell-ringer prank
5. In 1977 a mortician in North Carolina reported what/who showed up on his doorstep on Halloween?
a. the liver, toes and piece of thigh skin with tattoo from the dead man he was working on
b. a two-headed black kitten
c. his son, whom he thought had died in a fire Halloween night eighteen years before
d. a newborn infant dressed in an authentic, pristine seventeenth-century burial gown and left in an iron-wrought cradle
e. a letter from Normandy, France, postmarked June 4, 1944 and sent from his soldier brother - who died fighting in the D-Day battle.
f. an old collie, whose collar indicated he belonged to the mortician’s sister who had died ten years previously in her home in Nome, Alaska
6. In the original film, Halloween, the revamped mask of what celebrity was used to provide the make-up for slasher character Michael Myers?
a. Chevy Chase
b. Gerald Ford
c. William Shatner
d. Johnny Carson
7. Of non-candy food items it is estimated that over the past fifty years this has been given out the most to Trick-or-treaters. What is it?
d. potato chips
e. popcorn balls
8. Over the course of the last 40 years what Presidential mask has made more Halloween retail sales than any other?
a. Richard Nixon
b. Bill Clinton
c. Barack Obama
d. Jimmy Carter
e. George W. Bush
9. According to calculated law enforcement statistics, the typical Halloween requires police to do what more often than any other night of the year?
a. Endure crank calls
b. Investigate vandalized graves
c. Clean eggs off of their cruisers
d. Go out during heavily windy weather to calm seniors who believe their garbage cans have been knocked over by pranksters instead of the wind
10. According to statistics, what real criminal activity do law enforcement officials actually do have to contend with on Halloween more than any other night of the year?
a. razor blades appearing in apples
c. animal sacrifices
d. disgruntled religious people stalking and/or injuring teens
11. Every Halloween people venture to the Butler Bridge in East Tennessee in hopes of seeing what?
a. the Wild Duck festival
b. the specter of the faceless Monk
c. The Autumn Apple Jubilee Dancers
d. the ghost of Elijah Montgomery, who was hung from the bridge in 1899 for murdering a school teacher
12. Over the last twenty years what beer is reported to be bought most often on Halloween night by college students?
b. Pabst Blue Ribbon
d. Samuel Adams
13. Over the last thirty years what one song do radio DJ’s report getting the most requests for on Halloween night?
a. Flying Purple People Eater
b. The Beatles’ Helter Skelter
c. The X-Files theme
d. The Monster Bash
e. Black Sabbath’s Children of the Grave.
14. What treat has been estimated to be eaten last –or not eaten at all- from a child’s trick-or-treats booty?
a. hard cinnamon candies
d. sugarless gum
15. According to a 2009 poll what spooky American story or urban legend rated as annual Halloween favorite among American junior high school students?
a. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Nathaniel Hawthorne
b. The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
c. The loverslane Hook Man legend
d. Mary, the hitchhiking ghost legend
e. The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe
f. The babysitter and the man upstairs legend
g. The old lady strokes her dog goodnight legend
16. Statistically, hardware stores sell more of these items around and on Halloween day more than any other holiday of the year. What are they?
a. flashlights and batteries
b. hammer and nails
17. According to Appalachian folklore Voodoo sorcerers and sorceresses don’t travel to the hills (Appalachia) at All Hallowed's Day because of what?
a. Appalachian folk witches don't give out candy
b. Voodoo practitioners think Appalachian folk witches are ignorant
c. A Cherokee shaman laid a curse on Voodoo practitioners
d. Voodoo is weaker than Appalachian folk magic on Samhain (the sacred European pagan name for Halloween)
18. For the last thirty years what movie soundtrack has consistently outsold all others in the week prior and just after Halloween?
a. The Omen
b. The Exorcist
c. Nightmare on Elm Street
d. The Nightmare before Christmas
19. In the southern United States some people of German descent still put an offering of milk and food outside for the wood trolls on Halloween night. They do this for what reason?
a. to encourage fertility
b. to keep the trolls from raiding the home pantry
c. to keep children from developing overbites
d. to invite the trolls’ protection of hearth and home
e. in the hope of gaining wisdom from the trolls
f. to ensure the trolls won’t go hungry
g. to ensure the trolls won’t eat the wild game
h. as a bargain, so the trolls will kill annoying neighbors
i. in the hope of gaining troll-like sexual seductive powers
j. in the hope of exchanging an ugly human baby for an attractive troll child
20. Statistics show over the last 100 years that in total the grave sites of these three celebrities receive as many visitors every Halloween night as George Washington’s tomb receives during in an entire year. Who are these three celebrities?
a. actor Vincent Price (known for his numerous macabre roles)
b. stage magician, Harry Houdini
c. Marie Laveau, New Orleans Voodoo priestess
d. singer/song writer Jerry Garcia
e. actress Margaret Hamilton (played the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz)
f. actor Lon Chaney (played the lead in the silent film, Phantom of the Opera)
g. actor Boris Karloff (played Frankenstein’s monster in Frankenstein)
h. comic strip creator Charles Addams (of The Addams Family fame)
i. Anton LeVey – founder of the Satanist Church
j. actor Lon Chaney, Jr. (played the Wolfman)
k. author Nathaniel Hawthorne
l. Reverend Joseph Babin, Atlanta minister rumored to have been a maker of zombies
m. author Edgar Allan Poe (his original grave site as well the one his remains were relocated to)
1. l. Smarties candy rolls
2. b. Stage magician Harry Houdini died
3. b. sexy witch
4. d. the vanishing doorbell-ringer prank
5. f. an old collie, whose collar indicated he belonged to the mortician’s sister who had died ten years previously in her home in Nome, Alaska
6. c. William Shatner
7. e. popcorn balls
8. d. Jimmy Carter
9. d. Go out during heavily windy weather to calm seniors who believe their garbage cans have been knocked over by pranksters instead of the wind
10. d. disgruntled religious people stalking and/or injuring teens
11. b. the specter of the faceless Monk
12. c. Heineken
13. d. The Monster Bash
14. c. licorice
15. d. Mary, the hitchhiking ghost legend
16. a. flashlights and batteries
17. d. Voodoo is weaker than Appalachian folk magic on Samhain (the sacred European pagan name for Halloween
18. a. The Omen
19. d. to invite the trolls’ protection of hearth and home
20. b. stage magician Harry Houdini, c. Marie Laveau, m. Edgar Allan Poe