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Halloween is a magical time of year, filled with spooky fun, eerie legends, and intriguing history.

Whether you're looking to spruce up a workplace Halloween party or challenge your colleagues' knowledge, Halloween trivia can add fun to your celebration.

Without further ado, let's dive into these thrilling questions and see who emerges as the Halloween trivia champ!

When is Halloween celebrated and why?

Halloween is celebrated annually on October 31st.

Halloween, also known as All Hallows' Eve, has a rich history rooted in various traditions and customs that date back thousands of years:

  • Ancient Celtic Festival - Samhain: Halloween's origins can be traced back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts, who lived over 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1st. This day marked the end of the summer and harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter – a time associated with human death. They believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31st, they celebrated Samhain, believing that the ghosts of the deceased would return to earth, causing mischief and damaging crops.
  • Roman Influence: By 43 A.D., the Roman Empire had conquered most of the Celtic territory. Over time, they incorporated two of their festivals with the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain. The first, Feralia, was in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead. The second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. It's believed that the incorporation of this celebration led to the predominance of apples and the tradition of bobbing for apples that is practiced today.
  • Christian Influence and All Saints' Day: As Christianity spread throughout Celtic regions, it began to replace older pagan traditions. In the 8th century, Pope Gregory III declared November 1st as All Saints' Day, a day to honor all saints and martyrs. This celebration incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain, and the evening before was known as All Hallows' Eve, eventually becoming Halloween.
  • Modern-Day Halloween: Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In the late 1800s, there was a move in America to mold Halloween into a holiday more about community and neighborly get-togethers than about ghosts, pranks, and witchcraft. By the 1920s and 1930s, Halloween had become a secular but community-centered holiday. Parties focused on games, food, and festive costumes.

Halloween trivia questions and answers

Here's a list of 100 Halloween trivia questions, along with their answers suitable for a workplace celebration:

Q: From which country did the Jack-O’-Lanterns originate?

A: Ireland

Q: Which vegetable was originally used for Jack-O’-Lanterns in Ireland?

A: Turnips

Q: Which Shakespeare play mentions Halloween?

A: "Macbeth"

Q: Which famous magician died on Halloween?

A: Harry Houdini

Q: What are the two colors most commonly associated with Halloween?

A: Orange and Black

Q: What does "Hallowe'en" stand for?

A: All Hallows' Evening

Q: Which animal is commonly associated with witches?

A: Black cat

Q: In which country is it believed that ringing a bell on Halloween will scare away evil spirits?

A: Ireland

Q: What does Dracula transform into?

A: A bat

Q: Who wrote "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"?

A: Washington Irving

Q: Which country celebrates the Day of the Dead instead of Halloween?

A: Mexico

Q: What fruit is popular for bobbing on Halloween?

A: Apple

Q: Which witch is crushed by a house in "The Wizard of Oz"?

A: The Wicked Witch of the East

Q: What do you sprinkle on a vampire to kill it?

A: Holy water

Q: What is the significance of seeing a spider on Halloween?

A: It's thought to be the spirit of a loved one watching over you.

Q: Which monster is known for its weakness against silver?

A: Werewolf

Q: In the movie "Psycho", who was the serial killer?

A: Norman Bates

Q: From which words did ‘bonfire’ originate?

A: Bone and fire

Q: What should you do if you want to keep a ghost away?

A: Turn your pockets inside out.

Q: Which two words are normally associated with mummies?

A: Ancient and Egypt

Q: What vegetable is considered to be a vampire's enemy?

A: Garlic

Q: Which fairy tale was the real Dracula based on?

A: None, he was based on Vlad the Impaler, a real historical figure.

Q: What is a group of witches called?

A: A coven

Q: What does a yellow ribbon on a dog's leash signify?

A: Approach with caution

Q: What is the main ingredient in a pumpkin pie?

A: Pumpkin

Q: Which Halloween film features three witches called the Sanderson sisters?

A: "Hocus Pocus"

Q: What does a werewolf fear the most?

A: Silver bullets

Q: What date is Halloween celebrated?

A: October 31

Q: Who is the antagonist in the movie "Halloween"?

A: Michael Myers

Q: Which classic horror movie features a killer in a William Shatner mask?

A: "Halloween"

Q: In the movie "Beetlejuice", how many times do you have to say Beetlejuice to make him appear?

A: Three

Q: Which Transylvanian town is Dracula's home?

A: Bran

Q: In "The Addams Family", what is the name of the hairy cousin?

A: Cousin Itt

Q: What do witches use to ride?

A: Brooms

Q: Who was the first actor to play Wolf Man?

A: Lon Chaney Jr.

Q: Which song by Michael Jackson became a big hit during the Halloween season?

A: "Thriller"

Q: Who does Dr. Frankenstein use to create his monster?

A: Body parts from deceased individuals

Q: In the movie "A Nightmare on Elm Street", who is the serial killer that haunts dreams?

A: Freddy Krueger

Q: What do you call a fear of Halloween?

A: Samhainophobia

Q: What is the other name for Halloween?

A: All Hallows' Eve

Q: How many people were hanged during the Salem witch trials?

A: 19

Q: Which fruit is a symbol of luck if you hang it above your door on Halloween?

A: Pineapple

Q: What type of vegetable is disliked by rabbits on Halloween?

A: Jack-O’-Lantern

Q: Which candy is NOT typically given out on Halloween: Skittles, Candy Corn, or Easter Eggs?

A: Easter Eggs

Q: What type of mask is traditionally worn during the Venice Carnival that can also be a spooky Halloween costume?

A: Plague doctor mask

Q: Which ancient festival is Halloween linked to?

A: Samhain

Q: Who directed the movie "The Nightmare Before Christmas"?

A: It was produced and conceived by Tim Burton but directed by Henry Selick.

Q: What is the primary purpose of a scarecrow?

A: To scare away birds

Q: Which country views Halloween as the day before All Saints' Day?

A: Many countries, including France and Spain.

Q: How do pumpkins reproduce?

A: Via seeds

Q: What candy is shaped like a corn kernel and has a flavor mix of creamy fondant, rich marshmallow, and warm vanilla notes?

A: Candy Corn

Q: Which author wrote "The Tell-Tale Heart"?

A: Edgar Allan Poe

Q: Who was turned into a stag in Greek mythology and later became associated with Halloween creatures?

A: Actaeon

Q: What were the first Jack-O’-Lanterns made out of?

A: Turnips

Q: In "The Nightmare Before Christmas", who tries to take over Christmas?

A: Jack Skellington

Q: Which horror movie character uses a chainsaw as his weapon of choice?

A: Leatherface in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"

Q: Which Halloween character can transform into a bat, mist, and wolf?

A: Dracula

Q: In Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds", which creatures start attacking people?

A: Birds

Q: What is the typical shape of a witch's hat?

A: Pointed

Q: From which region in the world do vampire bats come?

A: Central and South America

Q: Which two monsters are said to be rivals in classic horror lore?

A: Vampires and Werewolves

Q: Which monster is created by Victor Frankenstein?

A: Frankenstein's monster (Note: A common misconception is that Victor is the monster, but Victor is the scientist.)

Q: Which supernatural being is headless and carries a pumpkin to light its way?

A: The Headless Horseman

Q: What does a witch often use to brew her potions?

A: A cauldron

Q: In the movie "Coraline", what does Coraline discover behind a secret door?

A: An alternate, more sinister version of her life

Q: What do mummies get wrapped up in?

A: Bandages or linen

Q: Who is known to hypnotize victims, drink blood, and fear sunlight?

A: A vampire

Q: Which Hollywood actress played the character in the classic movie "The Bride of Frankenstein"?

A: Elsa Lanchester

Q: What is the name of the vampire hunter in Bram Stoker's "Dracula"?

A: Professor Abraham Van Helsing

Q: Which plant, associated with Halloween, is believed to ward off evil spirits when hung at the door?

A: Rowan

Q: What does the Old English word "Hallow" mean?

A: Saint

Q: Which fictional hotel did Stephen King’s "The Shining" take place in?

A: The Overlook Hotel

Q: In what year did the United States first celebrate Halloween?

A: The mid-1800s (but it became widespread by the early 1900s)

Q: Which item, when added to a broomstick, can make it fly, according to myth?

A: Magic

Q: What is the name of Dracula's sidekick who is often portrayed as a hunchback?

A: Renfield

Q: What do people in Scotland call the night before Halloween?

A: "All Hallows' Eve"

Q: Which Disney princess sings about a dream where she doesn't know she's royalty?

A: Aurora in "Sleeping Beauty"

Q: What's another name for a lycanthrope?

A: Werewolf

Q: Which phobia means you have an intense fear of witches?

A: Wiccaphobia

Q: Which activity involves lighting candles inside skulls?

A: The Mexican Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead celebration

Q: What do you call an undead Egyptian king?

A: A mummy

Q: Who is the author of the novel "Frankenstein"?

A: Mary Shelley

Q: What is the name of the killer doll in a series of horror films?

A: Chucky

Q: Which movie features a haunted videotape that causes anyone who watches it to die seven days later?

A: "The Ring"

Q: What is the ghostly apparition of a maiden that can predict death?

A: Banshee

Q: Which board game is used to communicate with spirits?

A: Ouija Board

Q: Which fruit should you not place by your doorstep if you want to keep spirits out of your home?

A: Lemon

Q: In which castle did the real Dracula live?

A: Bran Castle in Romania

Q: What is the day after Halloween called?

A: All Saints' Day

Q: What color cat is a sign of bad luck in the U.S., but good luck in the U.K.?

A: Black

Q: Which vegetable is notorious for being carved and lit from within?

A: Pumpkin

Q: Which movie features three siblings who discover their grandmother is a witch?

A: "Halloweentown"

Q: Which famous horror writer wrote "Carrie", "It", and "The Shining"?

A: Stephen King

Q: Who is the archenemy of the Ghostbusters?

A: Gozer

Q: In what country did carving Jack-O’-Lanterns originate?

A: Ireland

Q: Which two monsters were in love in the old Addams family TV show?

A: Morticia and Gomez

Q: What is the primary diet of the mythical creature, the Chupacabra?

A: Livestock blood, especially goats

Q: What does a ghost wear to a party?

A: A boo-tie (This one's a fun, light-hearted joke question!)

Q: In the song "Monster Mash", who performed the mash?

A: The monsters

Q: Which horror movie features a young girl possessed by a demon?

A: "The Exorcist"


There you have it! 100 spooktacular Halloween trivia questions to test your colleagues' knowledge and get everyone in the Halloween spirit.

From ghouls and witches to candy and pumpkins, Halloween is a festive time to embrace the supernatural and enjoy some eerie fun.

Challenge your coworkers, break the daily routine, and may the most ghoulish ghoul win!

Happy Halloween!

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