90+ Spooky Halloween Trivia Questions (+ Answers)

Heather Harper

Whether you’re planning the Halloween trivia game as a team-building activity, an icebreaker before another event, or as an informal, entertaining activity for your employees, here are some questions to use.

Halloween is one of those holidays that’s fun for both kids and adults, and bringing Halloween to the office can be a great opportunity for your team to bond and have fun.

After all, the Halloween season has no shortage of interesting activities, all of which can be incorporated in the office, like decorating your space, dressing up, having a pumpkin carving competition, playing a Halloween trivia game, and so on.

And since you’re here reading our article about spooky Halloween trivia questions, chances are you’re considering including this activity in the office.

If you want to play a virtual multiplayer trivia game around Halloween trivia questions, we highly recommend that you check out TriviaNerd's Halloween trivia game. There should be plenty of questions there for you to play with your team or family.

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Whether you’re planning the Halloween trivia game as a virtual team building activity or an icebreaker before another event the questions below will surely inspire some friendly competition.

Without any ado, let’s begin!

Chapters

1) Halloween Facts Trivia

2) Halloween Animal Trivia

3) The Origin of Halloween Trivia

4) Trick-or-Treating Trivia

5) Halloween Costumes Trivia

6) Halloween Monsters Trivia

7) Halloween Songs Trivia

8) Halloween Literature Trivia

9) Halloween Movie Trivia

Frequently Asked Questions

Final Words

Halloween Facts Trivia

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Haunt an old house. Ask for a treat. Laugh like a witch. Lick something sweet. Offer a trick. Wander a maze. Echo a boo. Exclaim the phrase - Normal's unnatural on Halloween!”

Let’s start with some Halloween facts as the first category of questions.

These questions will test your employees’ general knowledge about this beloved holiday since they’re not about any specific topic. Moreover, you’ll all learn a thing or two about Halloween and equip your general knowledge with some interesting Halloween facts, which you can share with friends and family on this day.

1 . What house has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s longest haunted house?

  • Answer: The Cutting Edge Haunted House.

2 . How is Halloween less commonly referred to as?

  • Answer: Allhalloween, All Hallows'Eve, or All Saints' Eve.

3 . What item is banned only during Halloween in Hollywood?

  • Answer: Silly string.

4 . What place holds the Guinness World title for the most jack-o’-lanterns lit in one place?

  • Answer: Keene, New Hampshire, United States.

5 . What are some common Halloween traditions?

  • Answer: trick-or-treating, telling spooky stories, visiting haunted houses, making jack-o’-lanterns, wearing Halloween costumes, and so on.

6 . Some end up wearing their clothing inside out on Halloween - why is that?

  • Answer: Allegedly, wearing your clothes inside out on Halloween and walking backward means you could see a witch at midnight.

7 . Which phobia denotes an intense fear of Halloween?

  • Answer: Samhainophobia.

8 . A person born on Halloween has what particular ability (based on what some superstitions suggest)?

  • Answer: The ability to see and communicate with spirits.

9 . Who’s said to haunt the White House Rose Garden?

  • Answer: The ghost of First Lady Dolley Madison.

10 . What do the Halloween colors black and orange symbolize?

  • Answer: Orange stands for harvest and warmth, and black signifies death and darkness.

Recommended Reading: 101 Best Trivia Questions


Halloween Animal Trivia

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“[...] Crows and cats. Vampire bats. Capes and fangs And pointed hats.

Werewolves howl. Phantoms prowl. Ha0 lloween’s Upon us now.”

Animals associated with Halloween play a big part in how this holiday is celebrated, perceived, and talked about. With animals, we see people’s preferences being brought to the fore - some are disgusted by bats, while others are fascinated by cats or in awe when they think of werewolves.

Whatever option you and your workers may identify with, one thing’s certain - Halloween animals are too cool to leave anyone feeling indifferent.

1 . What mammal capable of flying is usually associated with Halloween?

  • Answer: The bat.

2 . Besides sucking human blood, what do bats and vampires have in common?

  • Answer: They usually only come out at night.

3 . The Puritans are said to have been the first to associate what type of black-colored animals with bad luck?

  • Answer: Cats.

4 . Do you know what the Druids did with their cats on Samhain?

  • Answer: The Druids allegedly threw cats into a fire as part of their divination proceedings.

5 . What are the various forms that a vampire can take in Ewe folklore?

  • Answer: The adze, a vampire being in Ewe folklore, can turn into a firefly but it will go back to a human shape if captured.

6 . In The Nightmare Before Christmas, what was Oogie Boogie made of?

  • Answer: He was a burlap sack filled with spiders, insects, and a snake for a tongue.

7 . What are the names of the Addams Family's pet piranhas?

  • Answer: Tristan and Isolde.

8 . What’s the name of Wednesday's pet spider on The Addams Family?

  • Answer: Homer.

9 . And what about her lizard?

  • Answer: Lucifer.

10 . What was the first Hollywood mainstream movie to feature a werewolf?

  • Answer: Werewolf of London, released by Universal Pictures in 1935

The Origin of Halloween Trivia

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“ [...] Halloween is an ancient druidic holiday, one the Celtic peoples have celebrated for millennia. It is the crack between the last golden rays of summer and the dark of winter; the delicately balanced tweak of the year before it is given over entirely to the dark; a time for the souls of the departed to squint, to peek and perhaps to travel through the gap. What could be more thrilling and worthy of celebration than that?[...]”

Do you know that, according to the National Retail Association, in 2021:

  • 66% of people handed out Halloween candy?
  • 52% of people decorated their homes/yards?
  • 46% got dressed in a costume?
  • 44% carved a pumpkin?
  • 25% threw/attended a Halloween party?
  • 25% took their kids trick-or-treating?
  • 20% dressed their pets up?
  • 18% visited a haunted house?

It goes without saying that although Halloween’s traditions and rituals have changed throughout the years since its beginnings, the holiday still remains one of the most popular ones.

Yet, every now and then, it’s useful to get reminded about the origins of Halloween and how this very significant holiday came to be what it is today. And this is precisely what the following questions are about.

1 . Where does the term “jack o’lantern” come from?

  • Answer: The term is very closely connected to the Irish mythology of Stingy Jack, a drunken who makes a deal with Satan and is bound to wander the Earth with only a hollowed turnip to guide him.

2 . What was candy corn originally called?

  • Answer: Chicken Feed.

3 . The First Lady ever to have decorated the White House for Halloween was ____?

  • Answer: Mamie Eisenhower.

4 . What Celtic tradition led to trick-or-treating as we know it today?

  • Answer: For the purposes of the Samhain celebration, people would put food or treats out to pacify evil spirits.

5 . Halloween was celebrated for the first time ever in the United States in what year?

  • Answer: 1840s.

6 . According to superstition, if you stare into a mirror at midnight on Halloween, what are you meant to see?

  • Answer: Your future husband or wife.

7 . What does the word "Halloween" mean?

  • Answer: It means "hallowed evening" or "holy night".

8 . What was the first city in the United States to plan an official Halloween celebration?

  • Answer: Anoka, Minnesota.

9 . What do people traditionally "bob" for at Halloween?

  • Answer: Apples.

10 . In Scotland, what vegetable used to be carved into a jack-o-lantern?

  • Answer: A turnip.

Trick-or-Treating Trivia

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“When I was a youngster, I trick-or-treated. I dressed up in costume, rang doorbells and pleaded.

Today I’m a grown up who treats and tricks. I cackle at children and share candy sticks.”

For kids, trick-or-treating is all about gathering as much Halloween candy as possible, but for you and your workforce, it’s all about answering the following Halloween trivia questions right.

In the meantime, if you and your employees want to “borrow” some of your children’s Halloween candy, we promise we won’t judge you.

1 . What are some of the most popular Halloween candy options in the United States?

  • Answer: M&M’s, Resse’s Cups, Skittles, Snickers, Candy corn, Hershey Kisses, Tootsie Pops, and others.

2 . How many calories are to be found in an average trick-or-treater’s Halloween stash?

  • Answer: Around 11,000.

3 . How many pieces of candy does the average house give to every trick-or-treater that comes?

  • Answer: Two pieces.

4 . Is the pumpkin a fruit or a vegetable?

  • Answer: Fruit.

5 . Which character in It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown got a bag of rocks when they went trick-or-treating?

  • Answer: Charlie Brown.

6 . How many pieces of candy does a plastic jack-o'-lantern approximately carry?

  • Answer: 250.

7 . When did the modern version of trick-or-treating for Halloween candy become popular?

  • Answer: 1940s.

8 . What’s the most searched for Halloween candy on Google?

  • Answer: Candy corn.

9 . What’s the mega-popular Halloween candy that was named after a horse?

  • Answer: Snickers.

10 . What does it mean if you happen to see a blue pumpkin while trick-or-treating?

  • Answer: It means that that particular house is giving allergy-free treats. With that said, it may also mean that the house uses their last year's pumpkin.

Halloween Costumes Trivia

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“I rented out everything but a few T-shirts. You can choose between orange shirts designed with either I Don't Do Costumes, Now Step Aside, You're Standing on My Invisible Dog, or If One Door Closes and Another One Opens, Start Worrying, 'Cause Your House Is Probably Haunted." "That's it?" She pursed her lips. "There is one more..." "I'll wear it." "Only if you're absolutely sure." "I'm sure." Halloweener was the most remembered costume at the party.”

A lot of people like dressing up for Halloween, as it’s a central part of celebrating this holiday. The following questions will test your team’s knowledge about this Halloween activity, and to make the trivia event even more fun, the players can all come dressed up in their favorite costumes. Now, onto the questions!

1 . How did Halloween dressing come to be?

  • Answer: On what is now known as Halloween, many Europeans dressed up in costumes to ward off spirits they believed had returned to Earth.

2 . What two countries popularized Halloween costumes for trick-or-treating?

  • Answer: Scotland and Ireland.

3 . In what American state is it illegal to be a priest or nun for Halloween?

  • Answer: Alabama doesn’t approve of clergy costumes; namely, according to section 13A-14-4, “Whoever, being in a public place, fraudulently pretends by garb or outward array to be a minister of any religion, or nun, priest, rabbi or other member of the clergy, is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $500.00 or confinement in the county jail for not more than one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment.”

4 . In Mean Girls, Lindsay Lohan’s character wears what type of costume to the Halloween party?

  • Answer: She’s the bride of Frankenstein.

5 . According to the National Retail Federation, which children’s costume continues to hold the number one spot year after year?

  • Answer: Princess.

6 . What were the early Celtic Halloween costumes made of?

  • Answer: Animal skins.

7 . Jason wore what type of mask in the Friday the 13th film series?

  • Answer: A hockey mask.

8 . Try to guess the following trick-or-treater: a boy dressed in a space suit with a "Space Ranger" badge and a green belt. Who is this mysterious spaceman?

  • Answer: Buzz Lightyear.

9 . Try to guess the following trick-or-treater in a classic character's costume: she's wearing a blue outfit with red on top and yellow on the bottom, with a red ribbon in her black hair. Who is she?

  • Answer: Snow White.

10 . Try to guess the following trick-or-treater: he’s wearing a brown dog costume and also has a yellow and blue collar tag with initials on it. Who’s this doggy?

  • Answer: Scooby-Doo.

Halloween Monsters Trivia

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“What do Halloween creatures eat? Hot spider soup with pumpkin meat and toasted, no-salt, bat-wing chips, served best with Transylvania dips. A thistle-horehound salad mix has added crunch from sun-dried ticks. The plat du jour is hairy beast fried crisp in grimy goblin grease. Now, don’t forget dessert so sweet; try puss-cream pie or candied feet!”

We already wrote about Halloween animals.

But those who wish to take their Halloween trivia events to the next level, are willing to discuss Halloween monsters as well.

After all, what’s a Halloween night without a scary, creepy, and hideous monster?

And what’s a Halloween trivia game without some Halloween monster questions?

1 . What are some actors who have played Dracula? Name at least three.

  • Answer: Max Schreck, Christopher Lee, Francis Lederer, Denholm Elliott, Rudolf Martin, Klaus Kinski, Gary Oldman, David Niven, Charles Macaulay, Keith-Lee Castle, Gerard Butler, Duncan Regehr, Richard Roxburgh, Marc Warren, Thomas Kretschmann, Dominic Purcell, Claes Bang, and so on.

2 . What does it mean if you see a spider on Halloween?

  • Answer: It's thought to be a loved one's spirit guarding the person who found the spider.

3 . Who creates the creature in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein?

  • Answer: Victor Frankenstein.

4 . According to superstitions, how can you get rid of a ghost?

  • Answer: Walk around the ghost nine times, and it will disappear.

5 . What word begins with the letter C, looks like a pot and is usually used by witches to brew potions and cast their evil spells? **Answer: A cauldron.

6 . Can you complete this witch chant: double, double, toil and _____?

  • Answer: Trouble.

7 . Which film popularized the modern visual image of the witch, with flowing robes, a pointed hat, a mole, and a hooked nose?

  • Answer: The Wizard of Oz.

8 . Where can you find mummies?

  • Answer: Inside the Egyptian pyramids.

9 . During the Middle Ages, the practice of witchcraft was perceived as what?

  • Answer: Heresy.

10 . According to a legend, tattoos, a unibrow, and a long middle finger are signs of what Halloween creature?

  • Answer: A werewolf.

Halloween Songs Trivia

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“It's Halloween! It's Halloween! The moon is full and bright and we shall see that can't be seen on any other night skeletons and ghosts and ghouls, grinning goblins fighting duels, werewolves rising from their tombs, witches on their magic brooms. In masks and gowns we haunt the street and knock on doors for trick or treat. [...]

Halloween may be a spooky holiday, but that doesn’t mean it’s not inspiring artists to create songs that are all about mystery, eeriness, and strangeness. Such “creepy” holidays might indeed be stimulating for many creative individuals.

And while we won’t expect you to write a Halloween-related song, sing, or do any other artistic performance, we do anticipate you and your trivia attendees guessing the questions below.

Onto the trivia questions then!

1 . According to the well-known song, which family is said to be “creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky”?

  • Answer: The Addams Family.

2 . Is it true that there’s a band in North America that goes by the name Smashing Pumpkins?

  • Answer: True.

3 . The song “This is Halloween” is featured in which movie?

  • Answer: The Nightmare Before Christmas

4 . A 1984 song asked, “Who you gonna call?”, and the answer is what?

  • Answer: Ghostbusters.

5 . Who performed the song?

  • Answer: Ray Parker Jr.

6 . Taylor Swift’s song “Haunted” appears on which album?

  • Answer: Speak Now.

7 . Which Irish band has a hit song named “Zombie”?

  • Answer: The Cranberries.

8 . The following lines are from which song: “Cause this is thriller, thriller night, and no one's gonna save you from the beast about to strike"?

  • Answer: “Thriller”.

9 . Bobby Pickett’s song goes like this: “They played the monster mash/ (The monster mash) It was a graveyard ______”?

  • Answer: Smash.

10 . Who sings the song “Spooky Scary Skeletons”?

  • Answer: Andrew Gold.

Halloween Literature Trivia

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“Halloween shadows played upon the walls of the houses. In the sky the Halloween moon raced in and out of the clouds. The Halloween wind was blowing, not a blasting of wind but a right-sized swelling, falling, and gushing of wind. It was a lovely and exciting night, exactly the kind of night Halloween should be.”

Regardless of whether you and your employees are fans of spooky Halloween books or you appreciate a much more “down-to-earth” literary approach, one thing’s certain - Halloween fiction does provide entertainment in its own ways.

From ghosts, witches, and pumpkins, to haunted houses and trick-or-treating moments, Halloween literature explores a little bit of everything.

We can’t include all of it, unfortunately, but we did our best to find literary pieces which hopefully stand up to you and your employees’ Halloween fiction criteria.

Also, we made sure to include various literary genres.

Without any ado, onto the Halloween trivia questions below!

1 . When and where was the first appearance of Halloween in a fiction work?

  • Answer: In 1914, in James Joyce’s Clay.

2 . The following lines are taken from which short story?

For the most wild, yet most homely narrative which I am about to pen, I neither expect nor solicit belief. Mad indeed would I be to expect it, in a case where my very senses reject their own evidence. Yet, mad am I not -- and very surely do I not dream. But to-morrow I die, and to-day I would unburthen my soul. My immediate purpose is to place before the world, plainly, succinctly, and without comment, a series of mere household events. In their consequences, these events have terrified -- have tortured -- have destroyed me. Yet I will not attempt to expound them.

  • Answer: The Black Cat, by Edgar Allan Poe.

3 . The following lines are from what famous Halloween poem?

Among the bonny winding banks, Where Doon rins, wimplin' clear, Where Bruce ance ruled the martial ranks, And shook his Carrick spear, Some merry, friendly, country-folks, Together did convene, To burn their nits, and pou their stocks, And haud their Halloween Fu' blithe that night.

  • Answer: Halloween, by Robert Burns.

4 . Who wrote the It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown?

  • Answer: Charles M. Schulz.

5 . Norman Partridge published Dark Harvest in what year?

  • Answer: In 200

6 . How do Hermione, Ron, and Harry usually celebrate the 31 October at Hogwarts?

  • Answer: By attending the annual Hogwarts Halloween Feast.

7 . In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, there are how many witches?

  • Answer: Three.

8 . In “The Diary of a Wimpy Kid”, how do Rowley and Greg manage to escape when teenagers chase them on Halloween?

  • Answer: By hiding at Greg’s grandma’s house.

9 . In which Grimm fairy tale can we find a witch with a house made out of gingerbread?

  • Answer: “Hansel and Gretel”.

10 . What are some well-known Halloween books for children?

  • Answer: The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, by Linda Williams, Dragon's Halloween, by Dav Pilkey, Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins, by James Dean, It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse!, by Laura Numeroff, Pick a Pumpkin, by Patricia Toht, Little Blue Truck's Halloween, by Alice Schertle, Room On The Broom, by Julia Donaldson, Spooky Pookie, by Sandra Boynton, and so on.

11 . What’s Bram Stoker’s original name?

  • Answer: Abraham Stoker.

12 . Stoker initially named the vampire “Count Wampyr” but then changed it to what?

  • Answer: Count Dracula.

Halloween Movie Trivia

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“Halloween is a great holiday for any actor if you think about it. It's all about dress-up and playing characters. So yeah, it's always had a special place for me.”

Halloween is all about the visual stuff, and it goes without saying that Halloween movies are probably the best way to experience this.

With that said, such Halloween-themed movies can range from horror, blood, and terror, to random and a bit more joyful settings.

Of course, one is not better than the other, and it all comes down to one’s movie preferences. To honor both options, we’ve included Halloween trivia questions that belong to both groups.

Hope you enjoy them, and who knows? The Halloween movie trivia questions might inspire you to actually organize a film screening and not just stick to answering the questions (we provide suggestions in the FAQ section, so make sure to read till the end).

1 . Which Disney movie got banned in Denmark?

  • Answer: The Skeleton Dance (1929).

2 . What year was the movie Young Frankenstein released?

  • Answer: In 1974.

3 . What’s the name of the young witch in Halloweentown?

  • Answer: Marnie Piper.

4 . Which of the following events in the Harry Potter world takes place on Halloween – the Yule Ball, the Quidditch World Cup, or the Goblet of Fire selection?

  • Answer: Goblet of Fire selection.

5 . What’s the screaming masked person in The Scream called?

  • Answer: Ghostface.

6 . How much did the 1978 Halloween movie cost to make?

  • Answer: The movie had a budget of only $300,000, but it grossed $47 million at the U.S. box office.

7 . How much time did it take John Carpenter and Debra Hill to write the screenplay for the original Halloween movie?

  • Answer: Approximately ten days.

8 . Michael Myers plays the antagonist in all of the Halloween movies, except which one?

  • Answer: Halloween III: Season of the Witch.

9 . Where do the Ghostbusters set up their headquarters?

  • Answer: Fire station.

10 . Who voices Count Dracula in Hotel Transylvania?

  • Answer: Adam Sandler.

11 . What year was Hocus Pocus released?

  • Answer: 1993

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do with these Halloween trivia questions?

Halloween trivia questions are great for team-building events, icebreaker sessions, and informal meetings with your employees. You can prepare a trivia night or a laid-back after-work trivia event and have your employees divided into teams, answering your trivia questions and typing to score points.

Of course, although such trivia events are valuable on their own, you don’t always need to make them the main focus. In other words, you can organize other events that will still somehow revolve around Halloween, and the Halloween trivia questions can just be a nice addition to it.

When we refer to other events, this is what we have in mind:

  • film screenings;
  • escape rooms;
  • murder mystery events;
  • and celebrating Halloween.

Needless to say, no matter which event you go for, it should revolve around Halloween. Let’s give you some ideas.

A) Organizing a film screening night

Organizing a film screening night can be a walk in the park - you just need the right equipment and, of course, the right movie.

For the first bit - consult the IT department to make sure you don’t deal with any technology-related issues during the event.

For the second part - we can help. Now, we can’t really tell you what specific movie to screen, but we can suggest the best way to choose a movie. We recommend that you opt for a digital tool to find out what your teams’ favorite movies are.

Finally, when it comes to actually suggesting some movie titles, we invite you to take a look at the following list. Moreover, you can always go through the movies we’ve listed in the final trivia section - the Halloween Movie Trivia Questions and Answers. We’re sure it’s more than enough to inspire you. Of course, feel free to expand on the list in a way you find suitable.

B) Hosting a murder mystery event

Murder mystery events may sound scary, but the truth is, they’re all about having fun and ensuring your guests enjoy an unforgettable experience.

And we think we’ve found the perfect murder mystery game for you and your employees - the Murder at Skull Manor Costume Ball murder mystery game. Here’s the context: it’s time for the annual Skull Manor Costume Ball - the Skull Manor being an old estate in Spider City. The people there are eagerly preparing themselves for the night, however, the environment is known for thievery, blackmail, discord, controversies, and so on. It’s advisable that everyone puts their differences aside (at least for the night). If not, there’s a potential for misfortunes. And this is where your story begins, according to the official website.

This game is great for 8-12 guests, however, there’s room for more people to join. This is what the expansion packs are for. Namely, they allow for up to 225 guests to take part in the game. Put simply, there are 45 unique characters and 180 duplicate team members, which in total means 225 people. This is great if you’re running a large company and have many attendees.

The game costs $49 You get everything you need to play the game in a PDF file once you purchase and download it. There’s a solution file, a printable file, a host instruction file, and an expandable team file. All in all, this is a game that’s both easy to host and even easier to play.

If you’re a fan of murder mysteries, and you can see you and your teams engaging in other such games with various themes, make sure to check the 27 Best Online Murder Mystery Games [2022 Rankings] article for further ideas.

C) Planning an escape room game

If you’ve always wanted to engage your employees in a spooky escape room game, the Halloween period is the perfect excuse to do it.

Add the Halloween trivia questions on top of it, and you’ve got yourself the perfect Halloween event.

The Internet is full of escape room games, you just need to find one that resonates with you and your employees. It can be something like The Grimm Escape virtual escape room game. The game is a fantasy adventure and you and your team are trapped in an enchanted forest. You’re required to show wisdom and wit in order to defeat the curse before you run out of time.

Here are the focus areas for participants:

  • logic;
  • concentration;
  • task delegation;
  • coordination;
  • observation;
  • teamwork, and so on.

The game lasts for 90 minutes, and each game event is monitored by Game Masters, who make sure everything runs smoothly. Moreover, each game is crafted with a wide range of challenging content ideas to test the attendees’ skills (they’ve taken into account all backgrounds and personalities).

We recommend contacting the company for pricing details.

D) Organizing a work-appropriate Halloween celebration

If organizing escape room games or murder mystery parties isn’t your thing, and you just think that adding the Halloween trivia questions on top of it will simply be too much, you can stick to the “normal” Halloween celebration.

You can host a Halloween celebration at work where your employees can come dressed up in their preferred Halloween costumes.

That said, you do need to make sure to host a work-appropriate Halloween celebration, and defining your costume policy will help you avoid provocative and offensive situations. Advise your workers against wearing costumes that might offend some of their coworkers or managers. You can work out the other details during a meeting that you’ll have beforehand where you can discuss the time, food, drinks, music, and other details.

How can I host a Halloween trivia event for my employees?

With a little time and effort, you can host the best Halloween trivia event your employees have ever attended. Here are some ideas.

Step no. 1: Decide on the trivia format.

The first thing to decide is whether you’ll host a virtual or an in-person trivia game.

Namely, if you opt for a virtual trivia event, most of your planning will revolve around the equipment, the platform you’ll use, deciding on the moderator, and so on. If you go with the in-person option, you’d need to focus on bringing the necessary materials, securing a place in the office big enough for this event, finding a moderator to lead the game, and so on.

Step no. 2: Choose the Halloween trivia questions.

Choosing the trivia questions you’re planning on using is a very important step when organizing the whole event.

With that said, sometimes it’s not so much about the actual questions than it is about how many questions you need to choose and how difficult they will be (the more difficult the questions, the more time the attendees will need to answer them, the more questions you choose, the longer the event will last, and so on).

Finally, make sure to include questions from various categories. Namely, it’d make no sense to include questions that revolve only around Halloween monsters or animals. Ensure there are questions that tackle many Halloween aspects. A successful Halloween trivia quiz is a quiz that tests a wide range of details.

Step no. 3: Come up with game rules.

To avoid conflict and confusion, trivia games need valid rules, guidelines, and instructions.

And the sooner you state them, the better for everyone playing.

When we talk about game rules, we’re talking about matters such as how many teams should play, how many rounds should be allowed, what the attendees are expected to do (as well as not expected to), how the score will be kept, what happens if there’s an even score, and so on.

Remember that it’s important to state all these rules before the actual Halloween trivia event starts. Attendees deserve to be familiar with the different rules and play accordingly.

Step no. 4: Prepare to improvise.

You might experience problems with the technology. Your moderator may call in sick that day. Fewer people may show up than what you’ve anticipated. Things could go wrong during the actual event.

If anything goes wrong on your trivia day, it’s okay to improvise and it’s okay that some things don’t quite go according to plan. In fact, it’s more than normal.

Now, improvisation comes with experience - it may be difficult the first time it happens and you feel like there’s no solution to some of your problems, but once you have some experience planning such events, it certainly gets easier.

Step no. 5: Inform your attendees about the trivia event details.

Make sure to inform your employees about the time and location of the event well in advance.

If you’re hosting a virtual trivia event, send them the link with all the necessary information.

If you’re planning an in-person event, again, tell them the exact location and the time the event starts.

Also, if some changes occur in the meantime (for example, you get invited to an important meeting abroad in the week when you're planning to host the event), inform your attendees right away.

Step no. 6: Prepare the Halloween materials.

Those who organize a virtual Halloween event need to make sure everything’s fine with their slides and presentations. Those who run an in-person event, need to ensure they’ve printed the necessary materials (and have brought in extra).

These materials may vary, depending on how you’ve envisioned your event to go. For instance, if you’re running a Halloween trivia event in the office, do you want each attendee to have all the questions in front of them or is each team supposed to receive one paper?

This will help you plan the number of papers you need to print out, the answer sheets you’re supposed to provide your players with, and so on.

Finally, don’t forget to have fun and enjoy the event, and ask for help if you need it!

Should I host a trivia event if some of my employees don’t celebrate/like Halloween?

This is probably one of the most important parts of our article, as it’s going to help you determine whether hosting a Halloween trivia event is the right move for you and your employees. After all, different workers resonate with different themes and seasons, so it’s only natural to have to deal with your employees’ preferences at some point and take them into account when making decisions.

First and foremost, don’t be surprised if you hear that (some of) your employees don’t like Halloween. After all, learning what your workers dislike gives you a rare opportunity to learn what they like. So, if Halloween isn’t their cup of tea, what is? Perhaps a Christmas trivia event? TV shows trivia games? Or maybe something entirely different? Are they fans of the Marvel franchise?

These may seem like random suggestions, but the more you learn about your employees, the easier it will be for you to plan your future team-building activities.

All in all, if you have the majority of employees willing to engage in a Halloween trivia event, by all means, go for it. Of course, every devoted employer wishes to accommodate the needs of everyone in the office, but sometimes it’s just not possible to do it all at once.

But if most of your employees seem satisfied, you’ve done more than just a good job, and you should be proud of yourself.

Final Words

Halloween is one of the most popular public holidays, and as such, it’s always fun to celebrate it. And Halloween events allow you to get creative and make this day a memorable experience not only for your employees, but for yourself too.

You have all you need to host a great Halloween trivia event, but making sure you’re on the same page with your workforce about what you should (not) do should be your priority at all times.

So regardless of whether you opt for a Halloween trivia quiz with interesting facts, a detailed trivia event to test your employees’ Halloween knowledge, or something entirely different - make sure to make it spook-tacular!

Heather Harper

Heather Harper

Heather Harper has a Masters in Occupational Psychological from the University of Manchester. She currently works as an editorial writer specialising in organizational psychology - helping teams work better together.

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