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HALLOWEEN TRIVIA

1) The first Jack-o-Lanterns were made out of what?


The first Jack-o-Lanterns were made in Ireland out of hollowed-out turnips. A piece of coal was inserted into the hollow and the "lantern" was meant to guide the way of poor old Jack who wasn't welcome in Heaven but was also barred from entering Hell for tricking the devil. According to legend, the devil gave this crude lamp to Jack so that he could walk the earth forever in limbo. When the Irish brought this tradition to America, they apparently decided that pumpkins were easier to carve than turnips, and the modern-day Jack-o-Lantern was born!

2) Halloween is generally considered to have evolved from what ancient festival?


Although there are many theories on the origin and history of Halloween, it is generally accepted that Halloween dates back to an ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain, or the Celtic New Year. It was believed that the spirits of everyone who had died during the year would return on the eve of Samhain to seek living bodies to possess for the following year. The Celts would dress in ghoulish costumes and hold noisy revels in an attempt to frighten away these spirits. Food and drink was also offered to pacify the dead. There are many tales of unfortunate souls being burned at the stake because they were perceived to have been possessed by one of the returning spirits. Around the turn of the first century AD, Romans abandoned this custom of human sacrifice in favor of the burning of effigies.

3) According to superstition, if you stare into a mirror at midnight on Halloween, what will you see?


According to superstition, if you stare into a mirror at midnight on Halloween, you will see your future spouse.

4) In what century did the practice of trick-or-treating begin?


In North America, trick-or-treating began to develop as a Halloween tradition during the 1920s, but the European tradition of going house-to-house collecting food at Halloween goes back at least as far as the 16th century. In Britain and Ireland, there are many accounts of people going house-to-house in costume at Halloween, reciting verses in exchange for food, and sometimes warning of misfortune if they were not welcomed.

5) In It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, who does Linus mistake for the Great Pumpkin?


When Linus sees a shadowy figure rising from the moonlit patch, he assumes the Great Pumpkin has arrived, and faints. When Sally sees that it is only Snoopy, she yells at Linus for making her miss out on the Halloween festivities.

6) Which of these Halloween films was NOT directed by Tim Burton?


The Nightmare Before Christmas was produced and conceived by Tim Burton, but it was directed by Henry Selick.

7) What might you "bob" for on Halloween?


Bobbing for apples is a traditional Halloween game in which a tub or large basin is filled with apples and water. Because apples are less dense than water, they will float at the surface. Players then try to catch one with their teeth.

8) If you want to keep spirits out of your home on Halloween, what should you sprinkle on your doorstep?


According to tradition, salt can be laid around the boundaries of a room to prevent spirits and demons from entering.

9) What Michael Jackson song was adapted by American Werewolf In London director John Landis into a highly successful Halloween-themed music video?


"Thriller" was adapted by John Landis into a highly successful music video. In the video's most iconic scene, Jackson leads other actors costumed as zombies in a choreographed dance routine.

10) What was the most popular Halloween candy in 2004?


According to the Extreme Chocolate annual Halloween candy survey, Candy Corn was the most popular Halloween candy in 2004. In previous years, Snickers had held the #1 spot.

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