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The All-American Halloween Trivia Quiz

Updated on September 28, 2011

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

e. M&M’s

f. Lifesavers

g. Nerds

h. bubblegum

i. SweeTarts

j. Now & Laters

k. candy corn

l. Smarties candy rolls

m. peanut butter taffy

n. candy pumpkins

o. Sugar Babies

p. gummies


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?

a. egging

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?

a. raisins

b. apple

c. peanuts

d. potato chips

e. popcorn balls

f. pennies


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

b. streaking

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?

a. Coors

b. Pabst Blue Ribbon

c. Heineken

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

b. Raisinets

c. licorice

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

c. tacks

d. paint


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

e. Halloween

f. Hellraiser


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)

Answers below!


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

Edgar Allan Poe's grave
Edgar Allan Poe's grave

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  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    7 years ago from Tennesee

    kitty, that's really good! I'd actually love to visit those graves myself, especially Poe's.

    And thanks -that's such a nice thing to say :)

  • kittythedreamer profile image

    Kitty Fields 

    7 years ago from Summerland

    I think I got about 15 out of 20...and I got the last one right! I was pretty proud that I knew the three graves visited most on Halloween. :) Awesome quiz, Beth. You are really keeping things interesting here on hubpages. It's nice to read your hubs after reading dozens of boring recipes, gardening tips, etc. Thanks!

  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    7 years ago from Tennesee

    Oh Will :( But I'm tickled you came by and took the quiz anyway!

  • WillStarr profile image

    WillStarr 

    7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    I had such dismal results that I won't admit how many I got wrong! ^_^

  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    7 years ago from Tennesee

    Congrats Dexter, that is good! Thanks so much for taking the quiz :)

  • Dexter Yarbrough profile image

    Dexter Yarbrough 

    7 years ago from United States

    Hi Beth! Great, fun hub! I got 18 out of 20. Not too bad, huh? Voted up, up and away!

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