I’m not a huge fan of Halloween, now that I’m a grownup. But when I was a kid I loved it. Coming from a very poor family, the idea of knocking on doors and having strangers give me candy was beyond exciting. Never mind that my usual costume was a “bum” cobbled together from Dad’s old clothes. Mom did make me an angel costume once with coat hanger wings. Remember those? Anyway, let’s see how you do on this little trivia thingy I whipped up.
1. Jack O’Lanterns originated in what country?
2. The original spelling of the word, Hallowe’en, means what?
3. Halloween was once considered a romantic holiday similar to Valentine’s Day. True or false?
4. What day follows Halloween?
5. “Trick or treat,” is a shortened version of what longer demand?
6. What is the “witching hour?”
7. What manner of soldier was the Headless Horseman?
8. In 1974 the most popular politician mask was of what former president?
9. Apples filled with razor blades and straight pins was a hoax. True or false?
10. October 31 is remembered by what Christian denomination as Reformation Day?
So, here are your answers and if I’ve blundered somewhere, don’t tell me. Like Charlie Brown when considering whether The Great Pumpkin is real – I don’t want to know (using my Eeyore voice).
1. Ireland – Find out more here
2. All Hallows Eve. Hallow means to make holy or sanctify.
3. True. Take a look at some vintage postcards from the early 20th century. Many a young girl hoped to find her true love revealed on Halloween.
4. All Saints (Hallows) Day, a day for remembering those who have died in the Christian faith.
5. “Trick or treat, money or eats.” When we were very little we also added “give me something good to eat.” That was back in ancient times for some of you.
6. Midnight, when witches, ghosts, and goblins are said to be most powerful.
8. Richard Nixon
9. True. Mostly. Read this
10. Lutherans (of which I am one so I know these things.) The Protestant Reformation began on October 31, 1517, back when I was saying, “trick or treat, money or eats.”
Hope this was fun for you!