As you prepare for trick or treaters, scary costumes and lots of hair raising fun, brush up on your Halloween trivia. Tossing a few little known facts out to your Halloween party guests will really get them in the Halloween spirit! Here are some fun Halloween facts you can share with your friends and family members. Or use it to create a fun and festive Halloween trivia game.
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- In the United States, the first citywide celebration was in Anoka, Minnesota in 1921.
- More than 93% of children, under the age of 12, will go out trick-or-treating.
- Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
- Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.
- Over $1.5 billion is spent on costumes each year and more than $2.5 billion on other Halloween paraphernalia
- Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.
- About 50% of adults dress up for Halloween, while 67% take part in the activities, such as parties, decorating the house, and trick-or-treating with their children.
- 86% of Americans decorate their house for Halloween.
- Over 10% of pet owners dress their pets in Halloween costumes.
- The first Halloween card was made in the early 1920’s. These days, over 28 million Halloween cards are sent each year. U.S. consumers spend about $50 million on Halloween greetings.
- Halloween candy sales average about $2 billion annually in the United States and it is the largest candy-purchasing holiday.
- 90% of parents admit to sneaking goodies from their kids’ Halloween trick-or-treat bags.
- More than 35 million pounds of candy corn will be produced this year. That equates to nearly 9 billion pieces – enough to circle the moon nearly 4 times if laid end-to-end.
Here are some trivia questions you can use for your Halloween celebration. There are three separate category for your guests to choose from. Try adding more trivia of your own to the list. To play, separate your guests into teams. Allow your guests to choose a category. Whoever answers the most questions correct wins. Provide the winners with a special prize. Your guests will enjoy showing of their Halloween smarts at your celebration.
Halloween Trivia Candy and Treats – Questions
- What is the most popular candy sold in the US?
- How many colors of M&Ms are there?
- Which common Halloween vegitable originated in Mexico over 9,000 years ago?
- What is Bazooka Gum named after?
- Which U.S. president was known for his love of jelly beans?
- What do the Ms stand for in M&Ms?
- Which candy did the former Hershey employee, Harry Burnett Reese create in the 1920s?
Halloween Trivia Candy and Treats – Answers
- The pumpkin
- It’s named after a musical instrument. The bubble gum, and the weapon, were both named after a musical instrument created by entertainer Bob Burns in the 1930s. He made it from two gas pipes and a funnel.
- Ronald Reagan
- The Ms stand for Mars and Murrie. Forrest Mars, Sr., and Bruce Murrie launched the candy.
- The Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup
Halloween Trivia Chilling Tales – Questions
- Who wrote the famous spooky tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow?
- Who is the main character of this story?
- Who wrote a number of famous spooky stories including, The Raven?
- This lovely writer crafted a number of spine chilling stories. He is the creator of the Necronomicon and the Cthulhu Mythos. What is his name?
- This famous horror fiction writer play rhythm guitar in a band called The Rock Bottom Remainders. This Main native’s books have sold more than 350 million copies. What is this writer’s name?
- This famous American writer is most famous for her series of novels The Vampire Chronicles. What’s her name?
Halloween Trivia Chilling Tales – Answers
- Washington Irving
- Ichabod Crane
- Edger Allen Poe
- H. P. Lovecraft
- Stephen King
- Anne Rice
Halloween Trivia Monsters and Ghouls – Questions
- Which monstrous hurricane did the media dub as “Frankenstorm”?
- What is the name of the supernatural creature, in Latin American folklore, that drinks the blood of animals – usually chickens and goats?
- True or false. Vampire Bats were named after vampires.
- Bobby “Boris” Pickett composed this holiday hit in 1962. What is the name of the song?
- Mary Shelly published this Gothic novel when she was only 21. The novel was published in 1818 and is considered to be one of the first examples of science fiction.
- What is the supernatural condition called whereby a human transforms into a wolf?
- This creature is believed to inhabits forests, mainly in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. What its name?
- True or false. The Muppet vampire Count von Count from Sesame Street, is based on actual vampire myth.
Halloween Trivia Monsters and Ghouls – Answers
- Hurricane Sandy
- El Chupacabras
- The Monster Mash
- Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus
- Bigfoot or Sasquatch
- True. One way to supposedly deter a vampire is to throw seeds (usually mustard) outside a door or place fishing net outside a window. Vampires are compelled to count the seeds or the holes in the net, delaying them until the sun comes up.