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Must-Have Halloween Origin Trivia Quiz

Although celebrated every October 31, the Halloween origin stuff is never given that much thought.

Why do you wear masks on Halloween? Was pumpkin always the original vegetable? Why the heck do you ring a bell on Halloween anyway?

With these many mysteries in mind, comes this Halloween Origin trivia quiz, that’s part super-fun, part gob-smacking education.

You can also play this game as part of a bigger quiz show night, by combining it with other trivia games on Partycurrent.

Here’s are your Halloween Origin trivia questions.

1. What vegetable was traditionally carved before the pumpkin?

a. Beetroot
b. Melon
c. Turnip
d. Swede

2. What is the day after Halloween called?

a. All Sinners’ Day
b. All Saints’ Day
c. After Hallow’s Day
d. Hallowmass

3. What does the Halloween color orange represent?

a. The harvest
b. The twilight
c. The burning of spirits
d. The voice of spirits

4. What was the 6th most popular adult Halloween costume of 2009?

a. Bat
b. Pirate
c. Hangman
d. Cat

5. Apart from eating, how else are apples used on Halloween?

a. Bobbing for apples game
b. Good luck charms to hang on doors
c. Carve for miniature Jack O’ Lanterns
a. Protective potions using apples

6. Why do you wear masks on Halloween?

a. To protect our faces in case the dead attacks us
b. To keep the dead from recognizing the living
c. To protect the dead from seeing us happy
d. To stop the dead from touching our faces

7. How long does it take a pumpkin to grow?

a. 30-60 days
b. 40-80 days
b. 60-90 days
d. 90-120 days

8. Halloween is the third largest US party day of the year. Which is the second?

a. Christmas Day
b. Super Bowl Sunday
c. Thanksgiving
d. New Year’s Eve

9. Barnbrack is a traditional Halloween food. What is it?

a. A fruit cake
b. A meat dish
c. A pumpkin punch
d. A special bread

10. How do you spell ‘Sow-en’, the Celtic harvest festival where Halloween originated?

a. S-O-W-H-U-A-N
b. S-A-H-M-H-E-N
c. S-A-M-H-A-I-N
d. S-A-R-H-A-R-N

11. Jerry Ayers is the world’s fastest pumpkin carver. How fast was he?

a. 22 seconds
b. 37 seconds
c. 45 seconds
d. 53 seconds

12. In England, are white cats believed to be?

a. Bad luck
b. Good luck
c. Devil’s luck
d. Spirit protection

13. What was the trick originally in ‘trick or treat’?

a. Knock on the door and then run away
b. Throw water at the person opening the door
c. Sing a song to the person giving you the candy
d. Recite a good luck protection spell

14. What is Nos Calan Gaeaf?

a. Halloween in Irish
b. Halloween in French
c. Halloween in Icelandic
d. Halloween in Welsh

15. What does the color black signify in Halloween?

a. Death
b. Darkness
c. Uncertainty
d. The Devil

16. The pumpkin is related to the potato…

True?
or
False?

17. Halloween is the second most commercially successful holiday after what?

a. Easter
b. New Year’s
c. Christmas
d. Thanksgiving

18. Why do we ring a bell on Halloween?

a. To welcome the spirits
b. To scary away the spirits
c. To dance with the spirits
d. To comfort the spirits

19. Who was Jack O’Lantern?

a. A banished demon
b. A mischievous elf
c. A guardian angel
d. A shifty villain

20. In question 10, I asked you to spell ‘Sow-en’ (‘sow’ rhymes with ‘cow’). What does ‘Sow-en’ mean?

a. End of summer
b. Start of autumn
c. End of sunlight
d. End of autumn

Halloween Origin trivia quiz – Answers

1. c. Turnip / 2. b. All Saints’ Day / 3. a. The harvest / 4. d. Cat / 5. a. Bob for apples game / 6. b. To keep the dead from recognizing the living / 7. d. 90-120 days / 8. b. Super Bowl Sunday. New Year’s Eve is the 1st. / 9. a. A fruit cake / 10. c. S-A-M-H-A-I-N / 11. b. 37 seconds / 12. a. Bad luck / 13. c. Sing a song to the person giving you the candy / 14. d. Halloween in Welsh / 15. a. Death / 16. False / 17. c. Christmas / 18. b. To scary away the spirits / 19. d. A shifty villain / 20. a. End of summer.

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A Valentine Trivia Quiz:
 How Well Do You Know Your Love Songs?

With this Valentine trivia quiz, you’re given only one lyric per love song, before you have to name the song.

Given the popularity of love songs on the radio, this Valentine trivia is inspired by that. You only need to Google “love songs" for lists of the Top 50, Top 100, The Greatest Ever, and more, to show up.

Love songs make us feel good, inspire memories of loved ones, comfort us when we’re missing our loves. They’re also great to dance too!

Not only is the trivia quiz tricky, because of the one-lyric thing, it’s also made up of songs both American and British.

You have 20 songs to name. Can you do it?

An easy way to play…?

This trivia quiz is a tough one.

So to give your players a helping hand, create a playlist of these songs (and others) to use as background music at your party.

When it comes to the trivia quiz, switch it off. For players who were paying attention to the music, finding answers for each lyric won’t be so impossible.

Need a downloadable version of this trivia quiz?

Click here for your PDF copy of this love songs Valentine quiz.

Here’s your love songs Valentine quiz:

1. To my heart I must be true
2. And no other, could give more love
3. I’ve never seen you shine so bright
4. Put your hand in my hand baby
5. Sometimes I feel my heart will overflow
6. Love can touch us one time
7. You can tell my feet to hit the floor
8. Answer to all answers I can find
9. I would be nothing without you
10. I watch you when you are sleeping
11. You remain my power
12. That your love for me is real
13. A thrill that I have never known
14. Such a funny thing for me to try to explain
15. And when I’m sad, you’re a clown
16. The best day of my life
17. But they’d only remind me of you
18. Then there was you
19. It is where we are
20. For my darlin’ I love you

Valentine trivia quiz – the answers

1. You’re the One That I Want (from Grease), 2. Everything I Do I Do It For You (Bryan Adams), 3. Lady In Red (Chris De Burgh), 4. Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now (Starship), 5. Hello (Lionel Ritchie), 6. My Heart Will Go On (Celine Dion), 7. Achy Breaky Heart (Billy Ray Cyrus), 8. Could It Be Magic (Barry Manilow), 9. Wind Beneath My Wings (Bette Midler), 10. Eternal Flame (The Bangles), 11. Kiss From A Rose (Seal), 12. More Than Words (Extreme), 13. At Last (Etta James), 14. Crazy In Love (Beyonce), 15. I’ve Got You, Babe (Sonny & Cher), 16. Thank You (Dido), 17. Nothing Compares To You (Sinead O’Connor), 18. Love At First Sight (Kylie Minogue), 19. Can You Feel The Love Tonight? (Elton John), 20. Love Me Tender (Elvis).

A Winter Solstice Symbols (and Facts) Quiz

Winter Solstice Symbols Quiz - the sun This Winter Solstice symbols quiz is the perfect intro for newcomers interested in celebrating the Winter Solstice.

The celebration of the returning sun, is what all Winter Solstice symbols honor. The Solstice itself is celebrated at the heart of midwinter – December 21 or 22. From this night onwards, the days will start to grow longer, with the long cold nights shifting away.

Playing this Winter Solstice Symbols quiz is a fun way to get to know the origins of this holiday.

If you’re a Solstice veteran, you can use it to test what you already know. Or mix it up with other trivia quizzes, for a weirder game!

Need a downloadable version of this trivia quiz?

Click here for your PDF copy of this Winter Solstice trivia quiz.

1 Which four colors are most associated with the Winter Solstice?

a. Brown, yellow, orange, crimson
b. Red, green, gold, white
c. Silver, pine, ash, mauve
d. Amber, blue, gray, mahogany

2 The word “solstice" comes from the Latin word ‘sol stetit’, which means?

a. “The sun stood still"
b. “The silent sun"
c. “Sun after night"
d. “Sheltering sun"

3 The Dōngzhì Festival is held in parts of east Asia on or around the Solstice. What does “Dōngzhì" translate as?

a. The arrival of winter
b. The extreme of winter
c. The tears of winter
d. The hardship of winter

4 Which of the following names is not a reborn Sun God?

a. Aker
b. Lugh
c. Freya
d. Nurelli

5 The practice of cutting down trees for Winter celebrations was introduced by Germans when?

a. The 5th century
b. The 8th century
c. The 14th century
d. The 17th century

6 Who celebrated the Winter Solstice with an event called Saturnalia?

a. The Druids
b. The Egyptians
c. The Romans
d. The French

7 Bring this home, and you’re bringing the blessings of the Sun God to you. What’s the item?

a. A log
b. Mistletoe
c. Beeswax
d. Candlelight

8 Who celebrated the first recorded Winter Solstice celebration?

a. The Druids
b. The Egyptians
c. The Romans
d. The French

9 What’s the perfect drink to go with Winter Solstice?

a. Whiskey
b. Mulled wine
c. Potato soup
d. Peppermint tea

10 And to go with the perfect drink, what’s one of the yummiest things to eat for this holiday?

a. Donuts
b. Gingerbread
c. Treacle tart
d. Fruit loaf

11 Which country celebrates the Winter Solstice ceremony called Goru?

a. Sri Lanka
b. Bolivia
c. Mali
d. Peru

12 How long ago was the first Winter Solstice celebration?

a. About 4000 years ago
b. About 1000 years ago
c. About 800 years ago
d. About 350 years ago

13 Which of the following words is NOT an alternative name for Winter Solstice?

a. The Longest Night
b. Yule
c. Close Winter
d. Midnight

14 How many carols are played during the music ritual ‘Blowing in the Yule’?

a. 8
b. 4
c. 12
d. 7

15 What was used as an amulet to protect against bad weather?

a. Pepper
b. Granite
c. Silver
d. Holly

Winter solstice symbols and facts – the answers:

1. b. Red, green, gold, white / 2. a. “The sun stood still" / 3. a. The arrival of winter / 4. c. Freya / 5. b. The 8th century / 6. c. The Romans / 7. a. A log / 8. b. The Egyptians / 9. d. Peppermint tea / 10. b. Gingerbread / 11. c. Mali / 12. a. About 4000 years ago / 13. c. Reflection / 14. b. 4 / 15. d. Holly.

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How Much Useless Trivia Do You Know?

Useless trivia - a lightbulb on its side Are you a fan of reading totally useless trivia?

There’s no better place to put these facts to good use than in this fun quiz.

Like finding out that the original game of ‘Monopoly’ was circular? Cool fact.

Useless facts are always full of odd surprises.

Useless trivia is a great topic to add to your next quiz night. It’s not exactly general knowledge.

And your players may surprise themselves with just how much they know.

Need a downloadable version of this trivia quiz?

Click here for your PDF copy of this useless trivia quiz.

So, ready to put your useless trivia reading to good use? Let’s get started!

1. How do crickets hear?

a. Through their wings
b. Through their belly
c. Through their knees
d. Through their tongue

2. Which American city invented plastic vomit?

a. Chicago
b. Detroit
c. Columbus
d. Baltimore

3. In ‘Ben Hur’, which modern thing can be seen during the chariot scene?

a. A waitress
b. A car
c. A postbox
d. A street lamp

4. What was Karl Marx’s favorite color?

a. Brown
b. Blue
c. Red
d. Purple

5. What’s the best way to stop crying while peeling onions?

a. Lick almonds
b. Suck lemons
c. Eat cheese
d. Chew gum

6. How old was the youngest Pope?

a. 11
b. 17
c. 22
d. 29

7. Which animal sleeps for only five minutes a day?

a. A chameleon
b. A koala
c. A giraffe
d. A beaver

8. How many words in the English language end in “dous"?

a. Two
b. Four
c. Six
d. Eight

9. One human hair can support how many kilograms?

a. Three
b. Five
c. Seven
d. Nine

10. The bikini was originally called the what?

a. Poke
b. Range
c. Half
d. Atom

11. Which European city is home to the Fairy Investigation Society?

a. Poznan
b. Dublin
c. Bratislava
d. Tallinn

12. What’s a frog’s favorite color?

a. Blue
b. Orange
c. Yellow
d. Brown

13. Which one of these planets rotates clockwise?

a. Uranus
b. Mercury
c. Pluto
d. Venus

14. What perspires half a pint of fluid a day?

a. Your scalp
b. Your armpits
c. Your feet
d. Your buttocks

15. St Stephen is the patron saint of who?

a. Plumbers
b. Bricklayers
c. Roofers
d. Carpenters

16. Which country leads the world in cork production?

a. Greece
b. Australia
c. Spain
d. Mexico

17. On average, what do you do 15 times a day?

a. Laugh
b. Burp
c. Break wind
d. Lick your lips

18. What color was Coca-Cola originally?

a. Red
b. Purple
c. Beige
d. Green

19. Bubble gum contains what?

a. Plastic
b. Calcium
c. Rubber
d. Pepper

20. The inventor of the paint roller was of which nationality?

a. Hungarian
b. Canadian
c. Norwegian
d. Argentinian

A quiz on useless trivia – the answers:

1. c. Through their knees / 2. a. Chicago / 3. b. A car / 4. c. Red / 5. d. Chew gum / 6. a. 11 / 7. c. A giraffe / 8. b. Four / 9. a. Three / 10. d. Atom / 11. b. Dublin / 12. a. Blue / 13. d. Venus / 14. c. Your feet / 15. b. Bricklayers / 16. c. Spain / 17. a. Laugh / 18. d. Green / 19. c. Rubber / 20. B. Canadian.

An Irish Trivia Quiz – 
Test Your Love of Ireland

Irish Trivia - the Irish flag Test what you know about Ireland with this Irish trivia quiz.

Known as the Emerald Isle, Ireland is the third largest island in Europe, and home to almost 5 million people. Potatoes, whiskey and Liam Neeson are amongst its many famous exports.

Then there’s Guinness. James Joyce once described this stout as “the wine of Ireland", and he wouldn’t be far wrong.

This Irish trivia quiz challenges what you know, by mixing well-known facts with quirky ones. A fun game to play with other trivia games or on St Patrick’s Day.

Need a downloadable version of this trivia quiz?

Click here for your PDF copy of this Irish trivia quiz.

Here are your Irish trivia questions.

1. The Titanic was built in which Irish city?

a. Galway
b. Belfast
c. Waterford
d. Dublin

2. What color was originally associated with Saint Patrick?

a. Blue
b. Yellow
c. Purple
d. Brown

3. What’s the name of the lead vocalist of the band The Corrs?

a. Sharon Corr
b. Jim Corr
c. Andrea Corr
d. Caroline Corr

4. How long was the Irish War of Independence (aka the Anglo-Irish War)?

a. 1 year
b. 5 years
c. 3 years
d. 6 years

5. The famous Delorean car was built in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland. It also featured in the movie trilogy ‘Back to the Future’. What was the name of the movies’ professor?

a. Doc Holliday
b. Doc Brown
c. Doc Payne
d. Doc Jones

6. What the heck are Pear Picking Porky, Joker and Polly Pineapple?

a. Whiskey
b. Cardgames
c. Mushrooms
d. Lollypops

7. Frank Pantridge was born in Hillsborough, County Down. What was he famous for?

a. Discovered the first radio pulsars
b. The development of the modern tractor
c. Creating the ejector seat
d. Introducing CPR to the world

8. Which of the following ISN’T a famous Irish brewery?

a. Guinness
b. Smithwicks
c. Bulmers
d. Harp Lager

9. You’re testing out your Irish slang and suddenly say “we had a bit of gas that day". What are you saying?

a. Had a row that day
b. Had fun that day
c. Had rain that day
d. Had no money that day

10. What is the national symbol of Ireland?

a. Crown Jewels of Ireland
b.The Celtic Cross
c. The Celtic Harp
d. The Irish Wolfhound

11. What the heck are crubeens?

a. Boiled pigs’ feet
b. Bread fried in bacon fat
c. A type of black pudding
d. Mashed potato with scallions

12. Irish boyband Westlife disbanded in 2012 after 14 years of hits. Which of the following didn’t chart at number one in the UK?

a. If I Let You Go
b. Home
c. Flying Without Wings
d. Queen of My Heart

13. Which county is the most heavily populated in Ireland?

a. County Dublin
b. County Kerry
c. County Wexford
d. County Tyrone

14. What is Phillip Treacy (born in County Galway) famous for?

a. Ships
b. Politics
c. Farming
d. Hats

15. In which year did Ireland join the European Community?

a. 1956
b. 1987
c. 1973
d. 1968

16. Which of these men is not an Irish actor?

a. Derek Thompson
b. James Nesbitt
c. Sam Neill
d. John Hewitt

17. Complete this lyric, from the Enya song ‘Orinoco Flow’:

“Let me sail, let me sail / let the Orinoco Flow / let me reach, let me reach / on the shores of Tripoli / Let me sail, let me sail / let me crash upon your shore, / Let me reach, let me beach / ???"

a. Far beyond the yellow sea
b. Far beyond the lonely sea
c. Far beyond the open sea
d. Far beyond your eye can see

18. What are Kilkee, Youghal and Bundoran?

a. Brands of regional cider
b. Surnames of Irish politicians
c. Types of Irish fruit cake
d. Names of coastal towns

19 Which Irish band had a hit song called ‘Drunken Lullabies’?

a. Dropkick Murphys
b. The Cranberries
c. Flogging Molly
d. Two Door Cinema Club

20. Who said “I had that stubborn streak, the Irish in me I guess"?

a. Seamus Heaney
b. Gregory Peck
c. Peter O’Toole
d. Bob Geldof

Irish trivia quiz – answers:

1. b. Belfast / 2. a. Blue / 3. c. Andrea Corr / 4. c. 3 years (1918-1921) / 5. b. Doc Brown / 6. d. Lollypops / 7. d. Introducing CPR to the world / 8. c. Bulmers / 9. b. Had fun that day / 10. c. The Celtic Harp / 11. a. Boiled pigs’ feet / 12. b. Home (charted at No.3) / 13. a. County Dublin / 14. d. Hats / 15. c. 1973 / 16. d. John Hewitt (an Irish poet) / 17. a. Far beyond the yellow sea / 18. d. Names of coastal towns / 19. c. Flogging Molly / 20. b. Gregory Peck.