Halloween Trivia

For some holiday fun I thought I would post these trivia questions. I found them somewhere on line, forgive me but I don’t have the link. I did not come up with the questions myself….can’t take credit there lol. Answers are below the questions.

 

1. What rock star worked as a gravedigger before starting his musical career?
A. Roy Orbison
B. Billy Joel
C. Mick Jaggar
D. Rod Stewart

2.  Which tradition was NOT a precursor to Halloween?
A. The Celtic tradition of giving thanks at the close of the harvest season?
B. The European tradition of lighting candles and masquerading in costume to scare evil spirits away.
C. The celebration of the birth of Marilyn Manson.
D. The Irish custom where wealthy landowners would give food to the poor in hopes that the ghosts would look favorably on them and spare them from mischief.

3. Which phobia is the fear of Halloween?
A. Caspariophobia
B. Samhainophobia
C. Demonophobia
D. Boophobia

4. Where does the name “Halloween” come from?
A. In Scotland, the Celtic Feast of the Sun, which marked the end of summer was known as “Hallowe’en.”
B. In Ireland, the Celtic Feast of the Sun, which marked the end of summer was known as “Hollow Eve.”
C. The Druids held a ritual on that night honoring the leader of their sect. His name was Hal Ween.
D. The Roman ceremony of burying a hollow casket to trap evil spirits beneath the ground.

5. What is the purpose of a witch’s familiar?
A. Hey, everybody has to have a friend, even Broomhilda.
B. The stooge she sends out to lure innocent victims to her lair.
C. An animal, such as a black cat, that amplifies her power.
D. Every witch is required to have a black cat, according to coven code, so it has become tradition to see the “familiar” black cat at a witch’s side.

6. Lycanthropy is a term derived from Greek. What does it mean?
A. A psychiatric state in which the patient believes he or she is a wolf.
B. A person with a deadly fear of wearing Lycra (which is used in the making of some Halloween costumes).
C. A devotee of Lycos, the ancient Roman god whose feast was originally held on Halloween.
D. An inductee of the cult of Zeus which held a yearly gathering on Mt. Lycaeus.

7. How did the “jack-o-lantern” get that name?
A. An old man named Jack who was too mean even to get into hell. The Devil gave him a piece of burning coal and sent him away. Jack used a turnip to hold the burning coal and serve as a lantern.
B. The Devil’s favorite dish is pumpkin pie and a clever man named Jack carved all the pumpkins in town into lanterns to drive the Devil away with a blaze of bright light and of course deprive him of his treat.
C. In ancient times, when children went trick-or-treating, they were guided by a man who carried a lantern. The guide was called a “Jack.”
D. The man who first cultivated the potato and carved it into a lantern was named Jack.

8. Can you pick out Halloween’s former name?
A. All Hallow’s Eve
B. All Hallow’s Day
C. All Hallowmass
D. All Soul’s Day

9. The word warlock is a derivation of the Saxon-English term “war-loek” which means what?
A. Man with the magic hands
B. Oath breaker
C. Witch’s husband
D. Doomed one

10. The Celtics would carry a lantern when they walked on the eve of October 31st. These first “jack-o-lanterns” were carved with faces to scare evil spirits away. What vegetable was originally used to make a “jack-o-lantern?”
A. Turnip
B. Potato
C. Pumpkin
D. Watermelon

Answers:

1. D Rod Stewart

2. C The celebration of the birth of Marilyn Manson

3. B Samhainophobia

4. A. In Scotland, the Celtic Feast of the Sun, which marked the end of summer was known as “Hallowe’en”

5. C an animal, such as a black cat, that amplifies her power

6. A a psychiatric state in which the patient beleives he/she is a wolf.

7. A an old man named Jack who was too mean even to get into hell. The Devil gave him a peice of burning coal and sent him away. Jack used a turnip to hold the burning coal and serve as a lantern.

8. A All Hallow’s Eve

9. B Oath Breaker

10. A Turnip

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~ by alegna75 on October 7, 2008.

3 Responses to “Halloween Trivia”

  1. Great quiz!

  2. Thanks for this…I will have to forward to the wife. She LOVES Halloween!

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