The haunted season is here, so why not get your family into the spirit of Halloween? While carving the pumpkin, have a little bit of fun by testing your knowledge of the holiday with these Halloween trivia questions.
Halloween trivia for the young and young at heart:
- Why did the ancient Celts begin the tradition of wearing masks and costumes on Halloween? Answer: To trick evil spirits.
- According to superstition, a person born on Halloween has what particular ability? Answer: They can see and talk to spirits.
- Which country celebrates Day of the Dead starting at midnight on October 31st? Answer: Mexico
- The ancient Celts used which vegetable to carve their jack-o-lanterns? Answer: Turnips
- According to superstition, what does it mean if you see a spider on Halloween? Answer: A dead relative is watching over you.
- According to Halloween superstition, what should you do if you want to see a witch? Answer: Put your clothes on inside out and walk backwards.
- Halloween is the third biggest party night of the year. What are the first and second? Answer: New Years Eve and Super Bowl Sunday.
- Halloween originated as a pagan festival known as what? Answer: Samhain.
- It was believed that on Halloween, spirits and other evil creatures roamed the earth. How could you protect yourself from evil? Answer: Bury animal bones in your front yard.
- Pumpkins come in what colors, other than orange? Answer: White, blue and green.
- What was the first wrapped penny candy in America? Answer: Tootsie Rolls.
- What year did trick ot Treat for UNICEF begin? Answer: 1950 in Philadelphia.
- What is the most popular candy for trick or treaters? Answer: Chocolate candy bars.
- What are the traditional colors of Halloween? Answer: Black and orange. Black is associated with darkness and death. Orange represents the fall harvest.
- Who died on Halloween in 1926? Answer: The legendary magician Harry Houdini.
- What does the word pumpkin mean? Answer: Large melon. Pumpkins are 90% water.
- What was the first US city to officially recognize Halloween? Answer: Anoka, Minn. in 1921.
For fun Halloween things to do with kids in Atlanta, be sure to check out these articles:
Atlanta’s scariest haunted houses for Halloween 2011
Top 10 freebies for Halloween 2011
Halloween Hikes 2011 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center
Halloween events for kids at Atlanta malls
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