Halloween Quiz

Halloween Quiz – Round 2 – TV and Film

In true Halloween style, this week’s questions are all about horror films.

1. In Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film ‘Psycho’, what is the name of the character who is stabbed in the famous shower scene?

Marion Crane (played by Janet Leigh)

2. Which 2002 horror film tells the story of a mysterious videotape which appears to cause the death of anyone who watches it within a week?

The Ring

3. In which year was film of ‘The Exorcist’ released?


4. Who played Freddy Krueger in the ‘Nightmare On Elm Street’ films?

Robert Englund

5. How many ‘Alien’ films have there been?

Four (Alien, Aliens, Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection)

6. Which 1920 silent German horror film tells the story of a somnambulist who sleeps in a coffin-shaped box and is controlled hypnotically?

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari)

7. Frank Langella played which eponymous character in a 1979 film?

Count Dracula

8. In which 1982 horror film did Carol Anne start talking to the television set?


9. Courtney Cox played a news reporter in which horror film franchise?


10. Which was the first film to be based on a Stephen King novel?

Carrie (1976)

Halloween Quiz – Round 3 – True Or False

Quite simply – true or false?

1. In Mexico they celebrate ‘El Día de los muertos’ (The Day of the Dead), which instead of being one day, as the title suggests, starts at midnight on October 31st and lasts until November 2nd.


2. UK shops earn more revenue from Halloween than they do from Bonfire Night


3. In the year 2020, Halloween will fall on a Tuesday.

False – it will fall on a Saturday

4. The Celtic festival of ‘Samhain’ marks the end of the harvest season and takes place from sunset on October 31st until sunset on November 1st.


5. The child actress Heather O’Rourke, famous for playing Carol Anne Freeling in Spielberg’s ‘Poltergeist’, died in February 1988, aged 12, four months before the third ‘Poltergeist’ film was released.


6. Christopher Lee, famous for portraying Count Dracula in Hammer Horror films, was born on Halloween in 1922.

False- he was born in 1922, but on 27th May

7. Brandon Lee died during filming for ‘The Crow’ in 1994 after an accident with a prop gun during a shooting scene. 


8. Michael Keaton was originally offered Johnny Depp’s leading role in the 1990 film ‘Edward Scissorhands.’


9. Jack MacGowran and Vasiliki Maliaros both acted in the film ‘The Exorcist’ and died in the same year it was released.


10. Stephen King’s ‘The Shining’ was originally called ‘Halloween Hotel’.


Halloween Quiz – Round 4 – Food and Drink

1. What type of confectionery, popular around the U.S. and Canada at Halloween, is made from marshmallows, sugar, corn syrup and orange, yellow and white food colouring?

Candy corn

2. In parts of Ireland and in Newfoundland and Labrador, Halloween is also referred to as ‘Snap ____ Night’ – what food is missing?


3. How big was the largest pumpkin pie on record, according to Guinness World Records, baked in Ohio in 2005? (Answer to nearest metre/3 feet diameter)

3.7 metres / 12 foot 1 inch

4. In the Harry Potter books, which sweets come alive and are accompanied by collectible cards portraying famous witches and wizards?

Chocolate frogs

5. What is the name of the Sardinian sheep-milk cheese which has been deliberately infested with live insect larvae?

Casu Marzu (Or in Italian, ‘formaggio marcio’, literally meaning rotten cheese)

6. Complete the quote from ‘The Silence of the Lambs’, “I ate his liver with some fava beans…”

“…and a nice Chianti”

7. According to Guinness World Records, the record for the heaviest pumpkin was set in Canada in 2011, with a huge pumpkin weighing… how much? (Answer to nearest 50 kg / 100lb)

824.86 kg (1,818 lb 5oz.)

8. In ‘Return to Oz’, Dorothy meets a character with a pumpkin for a head – what is his name?

Jack Pumpkinhead

9. In the disgusting-looking cocktail a ‘Brain-Haemmorhage’, what makes the ‘brain’?


10. In which country do children traditionally eat sweets in the shape of skulls at Halloween?


Halloween Quiz – Round 5 – Art and Literature

1. Who painted ‘The Scream’?

Edvard Munch

2. What was the name of the clown in Stephen King’s ‘It’?


3. Who painted the 1968 artistic work entitled ‘Big Electric Chair’?

Andy Warhol

4. Mary Shelley famously wrote ‘Frankenstein’, but what is her occasionally used middle name?


5. Which female American horror writer, who died in 1965, has had works published which include ‘The Haunting of Hill House’, ‘The Lottery’ and ‘The ‘Sundial’?

Shirley Jackson

6. Jay Anson wrote which 1977 novel which was subsequently turned into a series of 11 horror films released over the course of 34 years, from 1979 to 2013?

The Amityville Horror

7. Which writer of gothic fiction’s works include the series of books ‘The Vampire Chronicles’, which includes the 1976 novel ‘Interview with the Vampire’?

Anne Rice

8. Thomas Harris’s 1988 novel ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ was actually a sequel – what was the name of the first book in the series?

Red Dragon

9. ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ has been famously adapted into a Lloyd-Webber musical, but who wrote the original novel, first published in French as a serial in 1909?

Gaston Leroux

10. In Daphne du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca’, what was the name of the sinister housekeeper?

Mrs Danvers

Halloween Quiz – Round 6 – Music

The Halloween lyrics round is lyrics from songs associated with horror and all things scary. You need to give us the name of the song the lyrics are from.

1. “You try to scream, but terror takes the sound before you make it”

Thriller – Michael Jackson

2. “For my monster from his slab, began to rise and suddenly to my surprise”

The Monster Mash – Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett

3. “Under the arc of a weather stain boards, ancient goblins and warlords, come out of the ground, not making a sound, the smell of death is all around”

Pet Sematary – The Ramones

4. “People say I’m crazy, just a little touched, but maybe showers remind me of Psycho too much”

Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell

5. “If it’s something weird, and it don’t look good, who ya gonna call?”

Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr.

6. “It’s such an ancient pitch, but one I wouldn’t switch, ’cause there’s no nicer witch than you”

Witchcraft – Frank Sinatra

7. “He shook me up, he took me by surprise, he had a pickup truck and the devil’s eyes”

The Time Warp – The Rocky Horror Picture Show

8. “Crystal ball on the table, showing the future, the past, same cat with them evil eyes, and I knew it was a spell she cast”

Devil Woman – Cliff Richard

9. “There’s evil in the air and there’s thunder in the sky and a killer’s on the bloodshot streets”

Bat Out Of Hell – Meatloaf

10. “Just as every cop is a criminal and all the sinners saints, as heads is tails just call me Lucifer, ’cause I’m in need of some restraint”

Sympathy for the Devil – Rolling Stones

Halloween Quiz – Round 7 – General Knowledge

1. When is ‘All Souls’ Day’ celebrated?

November 2nd (or November 3rd if 2nd falls on a Sunday)

2. ‘Hallowmas’ is another name for which festival?

All Saint’s Day (November 1st)

3. Which legendary coaching house in Cornwall is said to be haunted and inspired a novel by Daphne du Maurier?

Jamaica Inn

4. ‘Ponder Stibbons’ is the name of a wizard in books by which author?

Terry Pratchett

5. Charles Dickens wrote a short story about a haunted railway junctions – what was it called?

The Signal-Man

6. Name the parents from the Addams Family.

Morticia and Gomez

7. In which district of London did Jack the Ripper’s attacks take place?


8. Who played the witch Samantha in the original TV series of ‘Bewitched’?

Elizabeth Montgomery

9. ‘Guising’ is another name for which practice?


10. What was Doctor Frankenstein’s first name?