Think you know everything about Halloween? Think again ! There are so many interesting facts about Halloween, its meaning, and the story behind why we celebrate.
For example, you might be surprised to learn that the origin of Halloween is still debated – thousands of years after it supposedly began at a Celtic festival called “Samhain”.
If you are a Halloween enthusiast, this is exactly the kind of Halloween trivia you’re dying to know.
There are all kinds of juicy treats out there. For starters, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” is sure to be on your Halloween playlist, but did you know that the original version of the song had a completely different title and lyrics? Or how about “Hocus Pocus” was filmed far from Hollywood? Spoiler alert: the location of the film has witchy roots.
If you’re looking for something to do this Halloween, plan a trivia night with all your friends. And since you want to win (or at least increase your odds of winning), arm yourself with all these fun facts beforehand.
So, let’s get down to business.
Question: When did Halloween start?
Answer: Although opinions vary, Halloween is believed to have started around AD 600 with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, which commemorates the end of summer and the beginning of winter. However, some experts believe it started with the Catholic holiday, All Saints Day.
Question: How much money should consumers spend on Halloween decorations in 2021?
Answer: $3.2 billion, per National Retail Foundation.
Question: Which actress said ‘Hocus Pocus’ was one of her all-time favorite movie roles?
Answer: Bette Midler
Question: Which US state produces the most pumpkins?
Answer: Illinois, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
Question: What percentage of people planned to celebrate Halloween in 2021?
Answer: 65%, depending on FRN.
Question: Why are the Halloween colors orange and black?
Answer: Although there are competing theories, orange is generally thought to be for pumpkins and the harvest, and black to represent night, death, or darkness.
Question: How much money should consumers spend on Halloween costumes in 2021?
Answer: $3.3 billion, according to the FRN.
Question: Where was ‘Hocus Pocus’ filmed?
Answer: Although there were multiple filming locations, the most famous scenes from “Hocus Pocus” were filmed on location in Salem, Massachusetts.
Question: Where does the mask that Michael Myers wears in “Halloween” come from?
Answer: This is a modified mask of Captain Kirk from the TV series “Star Trek”.
Question: Where does the word “Halloween” come from?
Answer: Halloween went by All Hallows’ Eve” until 1773, when the Scots started calling it Hallow-e’en. The first known person to put the words together was Scottish poet Robert Burns, who wrote the poem “Halloween” in 1786.
Question: What was the original title of the movie “Halloween”?
Answer: “The Babysitter Murders”
Question: How many pounds of fresh pumpkins did the United States produce in 2021?
Answer: Nearly 1.2 million pounds, according to the USDA.
Question: Who wrote “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”?
Answer: washington irving
Q: When was ‘Monster Mash’ released?
Question: What is the most popular Halloween costume for pets?
Answer: Pumpkin, according to NRF.
Question: Where does “Double, double labor and trouble” come from?
Answer: “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare
Question: What is the most popular Halloween costume in the United States, according to Google?
Answer: A witch
Question: On average, how much money do Americans spend each year on Halloween?
Answer: About $10 million per FRN.
Question: When was the first known guide to celebrating Halloween released?
Answer: “Halloween: How to Celebrate It” was published in 1897.
Question: According to the United States Census Bureauhow many potential deceivers are there?
Answer: About 41 million children aged 5 to 14 or 73.1 million children under 18
Question: Where is Transylvania, otherwise known as the home of Count Dracula?
Answer: In Romania. However, there is also a county in North Carolina called “Transylvania”.
Question: What is the most popular adult Halloween candy?
Answer: M&M’s, according to 2021 YouGov Poll.
Question: What is the most popular Halloween candy for kids?
Answer: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, according to 2021 YouGov Poll.
Question: Approximately how much money did Americans spend on candy in 2021?
Answer: $3 billion, per FRN.
Question: On average, what percentage of Americans carve a pumpkin for Halloween?
Answer: 45%, depending on FRN.
Question: How many minutes does Michael Keaton actually appear on screen in “Beetlejuice”?
Answer: About 17 minutes.
Question: What was the original working title of the movie “Beetlejuice”?
Answer: “Ghosts of the House”
Question: What two fears from his own childhood Did Steven Spielberg Incorporate In The 1982 Movie, “Poltergeist”?
Answer: A clown doll and the long-branched tree outside the window of her New Jersey home that moved every time there was a windstorm.
Question: Which famous actress auditioned for a role in ‘Poltergeist’ but ended up in ‘ET the Extra-Terrestrial’ instead?
Answer: Drew Barrymore
Question: How much candy does the average American consume each year?
Question: What 1980s band did “The Nightmare Before Christmas” musician and songwriter Danny Elfman play in?
Answer: Oingo Boingo
Question: How long did it take to make “A Nightmare Before Christmas”?
Answer: Three years
Question: What was the original name of the song “Thriller” by Michael Jackson?
Answer: “Stars light”
Question: What film inspired Michael Jackson to collaborate with director John Landis on the “Thriller” video?
Answer: “An American Werewolf in London”
Question: What is the fear of Halloween called?
Question: What did Americans use for Halloween decorations in the early 1900s?
Answer: Crepe paper, cardboard cutouts, corn stalks, pumpkins, squash, and hay
Question: What is the highest grossing horror movie of all time?
Answer: According to Box Office MojoStephen King’s 2017 horror film “It” grossed $701,842,551 worldwide.
Question: Before pumpkins, what root vegetable did the Irish and Scots carve on Halloween?
Question: Why do we carve pumpkins?
Answer: The lore comes from the story of “Stingy Jack”, a man who deceived the devil and was condemned to carry a glowing ember in a hollowed-out turnip for eternity.
Question: Why was Halloween almost canceled as a holiday in the 1930s?
Answer: Pranksters and vandals caused millions of dollars of damage in American cities on Halloween night.
Question: Why do we cheat or treat?
Answer: The trick or treat is thought to have started as a way for homeowners to reward pranksters for not vandalizing their homes or soaping their windows on Halloween.
Question: Which Halloween sweet candy was originally called “chicken food”?
Answer: candy corn
Question: According to the United States Census Bureauhow many potential stops were there for trick-or-treaters in 2020?
Answer: There were 126.8 million occupied homes to visit.
Question: What is the best horror movie of all time, according to IMDb?
Answer: “Alien”, according to IMDb.
Question: Besides horror, what other genre has “Dracula” author Bram Stoker published books in?
Question: What is the name of the fictional town in “The Lost Boys”?
Answer: Santa Clara, aka the “murder capital of the world”
Question: According to BillboardWhich 1984 song returned to Billboard’s “Hot 100” charts in October 2021?
Answer: Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”
Question: When selling a house, is the owner required to disclose that it is haunted?
Answer: According to Zillowmost states do not requiring sellers to disclose paranormal activity or any other dubious stigma such as murder on the property or apparitions by ghostly apparitions.
Question: What historical weather event happened on Halloween in 1991?
Answer: Reaching more than 23 million people, the “Halloween Blizzardof 1991 lasted three days, leaving nearly three feet of snow and two inches of ice in parts of the Midwest.