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HALLOWEEN TRIVIA II

11) What was the most popular Halloween costume in 2004?


According to the National Retail Federation's Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, the most popular Halloween costume in 2004 was Spiderman, with 2.15 million children dressing as their favorite superhero. Other popular costumes included princesses (1.8 million children), witches (1.3 million) and vampires (899,000).

12) How much does the world's biggest pumpkin weigh?


The world record for heaviest pumpkin is currently held by a gigantic gourd weighing a whopping 2,096 pounds--as much as a small car! Beni Meier, the Swiss gardener who grew the massive fruit, had to use a special vehicle to transport it. The world record was previously held by California couple Tim and Susan Mathison.

13) According to legend, a unibrow, tattoos, and a long middle finger are all signs of what Halloween creature?


According to legend, a unibrow, tattoos, hairy palms, and a long middle finger are all signs of a werewolf. Other common traits include unusual strength, an irrational fear of water, and glow-in-the-dark red eyes!

14) How many pounds of candy did the average American consume in 2002?


The average American consumed 24 pounds of candy in 2002! It is believed that the largest portion is consumed by kids on and during the days immediately following Halloween.

15) How many "witches" were burned at the stake in the Salem Witch Trials?


None of the "witches" put to death in the Salem Witch trials were burned at the stake. All those executed were hanged but one, Giles Cory, who was pressed to death. Several others died in prison, including Sarah Osborne, Roger Toothaker, Lyndia Dustin, and Ann Foster.

16) What phobia do you suffer from if you have an intense fear of Halloween?


Samhainophobia refers to an abnormal and persistent fear of Halloween. This time of year may also stir up other phobias such as the fear of: cats (ailurophobia), witches (wiccaphobia), ghosts (phasmophobia), spiders (arachnophobia), the dark (nyctophobia), and cemetaries (coimetrophobia).

17) What was the first individually wrapped penny candy in America?


Tootsie Rolls, invented by Leo Hirschfield in 1907, were the first penny candy to be individually wrapped in America.

18) Where did the inventor of the Ouija board get the name "Ouija"?


According to Charles Kennard, one of the original manufacturers of the Ouija board, William Fuld (who is credited with naming the device) learned the name "Ouija" from using the board. Years later, Fuld would change his story, claiming it was merely a combination of the French and German words for "yes".

19) What does the word "Halloween" mean?


It means "hallowed evening" or "holy night".

20) What Christian holiday does Halloween immediately precede?


All Saints' Day, also known as All Hallows, Day of All the Saints, Solemnity of All Saints, or Feast of All Saints is a festival celebrated on November 1st by the Latin Church of the Roman Catholic Church and some other Western Christian traditions, and on the first Sunday after Pentecost in Eastern Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, in honour of all the saints, known and unknown.

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