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HALLOWEEN TRIVIA III

21) When did the word "vampire" first appear in English?


The Oxford English Dictionary dates the first appearance of the English word vampire (as vampyre) from 1734, in a travelogue titled Travels of Three English Gentlemen.

22) What is trick-or-treating called in Mexico?


In Mexico, the practice of trick-or-treating is called calaverita (Spanish for "little skull"). Instead of saying "trick or treat", the children ask ¿me da mi calaverita? ("can you give me my little skull?"). A calaverita is a small skull made of sugar or chocolate.

23) What colors are associated with Halloween?


Black and orange are typically associated with Halloween. Orange is a symbol of harvest and autumn. Black is a symbol of death and darkness and acts as a reminder that Halloween once was a festival that marked the boundaries between life and death.

24) Which practice may have evolved into trick-or-treating?


The modern practice of trick-or-treating may have evolved from several customs such as mumming (going door-to-door performing scenes for food), souling (begging "soul-cakes" by singing under windows), and guising (wearing costumes at Hallowmas).

25) During Samhain, what did the Druids do with cats?


During the ancient celebration of Samhain, Druids were said to throw cats into a fire, often in wicker cages, as part of divination proceedings.

26) In Ewe folklore, what form can a vampire take?


The adze is a vampiric being in Ewe folklore that can take the form of a firefly, though it will transform into human shape upon capture.

27) Which of the following is NOT a term for a scarecrow?


There are a wide range of alternative names for scarecrows including Hodmedod, Murmet, Hay-man, Gallybagger, Tattie Bogal, Mommet, Mawkin, and Bwbach. Doodle sack is an old English word for bagpipe.

28) In It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, which trick-or-treating character gets nothing but rocks?


During trick-or-treating, the kids receive various goodies -- except for Charlie Brown, who gets nothing but rocks.

29) Who died on Halloween night?


Harry Houdini was one of the most famous and mysterious magicians who ever lived. Strangely enough, he died in 1926 on Halloween night.

30) According to tradition, what will you see if you wear your clothes inside out and then walks backwards on Halloween?


According to an old Halloween tradition, you will see a witch at midnight if you wear your clothes inside out and walk backwards.

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