Samhain Trivia

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These 35 trivia questions and answers have tidbits about things you might not know about this Sabbat.  Great for a bit of Samhain fun or Halloween games.  The answer to each question is written in white directly after the question sentence. Use your mouse to highlight the white text so you can read the answers, or scroll to the bottom and click "Next" for the answer key page.

  1. In the middle ages on Samhain and Beltane, church bells were rung and townspeople would bang on pots and pans or ring bells of their own for what purpose? To prevent Witches from flying over the village.
  2. The Romans called Halloween Pomona Day. Who or what was Pomona? A) The town where the Romans first celebrated Pomona Day B) The Goddess of fruits and gardens or C) The place in the afterlife where evil spirits dwell B) The Goddess of fruits and gardens.
  3. What date does Halloween fall on in a leap year? October 31st.
  4. This annual Samhain celebration was established in 1973 by Laura Cabot in Salem MA, and draws international crowds, media, and many copy-cat celebrations. What is this celebration called? The Witches' Ball
  5. Why weren't pumpkins carved into Jack-O-Lanterns before the 'discovery' of America? The Pumpkin is an American (New World) Vegetable
  6. Samhain is a celebration to honor ______. A) Samhain, the God of the dead B) the end of summer and harvest or C) the druidic priest who held the first Halloween service B) The end of summer and harvest.
  7. Rituals to honor the dead are often performed on Samhain. What ritual is a widower performing when he prepares a meal in silence, and sets a place at the table for a loved one who has passed away? He is performing a "Dumb Supper" or "Silent Supper"
  8. In the popular "Peanuts" cartoon by Charles Shultz, every Halloween, Charlie Brown helps his friend Linus wait for what character to appear? The Great Pumpkin
  9. Divination is frequently done on or near Samhain because it is felt that ________ is 'thin'. The veil between the worlds is thin, or the veil between the mundane and spirit worlds is thin.
  10. Doreen Valiente, respected Craft author, began her search for Old Dorothy Clutterbuck (the woman who allegedly initiated Gerald Gardner) in 1980. On Samhain of that year she and three other Witches met in a wood in southern England and called upon Clutterbuck's spirit to show a sign that she wished Valiente to succeed in her quest. What sign did they receive? The lantern at the south quarter of the circle suddenly tipped over and the glass in it broke. She also heard the voice of the deceased Gerald Gardner speaking to her.
  11. The tradition of dressing in costumes began for what purpose? A) To scare away evil spirits B) To honor the dead or C) To trick evil spirits so they would think you were one of them. A) To scare away evil spirits
  12. When was COG (Covenant of the Goddess) incorporated as a nonprofit religious organization? (date including year) Samhain, October 31, 1975
  13. If a Months begins on a Sunday, what superstitious date can you be sure the month will contain? It will always contain a Friday the 13th.
  14. A long time ago, when space was short in cemetaries in England, graves were dug up so the space could be reused. About one out of 20 of the coffins contained scratch marks on the inside. So to prevent future loved ones from being burried alive, they would be laid out on the kitchen table and the family would gather around and eat and drink to see if the person would come around. This is the origin of what modern rite? A Wake.
  15. In Ireland and Wales, it was traditional on Samhain to sit at the crossroads and listen to what for prophesies of the year to come? Listen to the wind.
  16. Running around a fairy ring nine times is traditionally supposed to assist in seeing fairies. When does superstition hold that it is dangerous to attempt this? On Samhain or Beltane, as it may supposedly offend the Fey.
  17. Like throwing salt over your left shoulder, what does superstion tell us to do if fairies pass by us on Samhain? Throw dirt from your footprint after them to force them to surrender captive humans.
  18. Who was responsible for holding a "Witch-In" in Central Park on Samhain 1970 which drew much media attention? Dr. Leo Louis Martello (although the city parks department at first would not issue a permit, Martello secured the aid of the N.Y. Civil Liberties Union) Martello later formed the Witches Anti-Defamation League.
  19. Which group celebrated what we've come to know as Halloween first? A) The Druids B) The Romans or C) The Christians A) The Druids
  20. What token is required to gain passage across the River Styx? A Coin
  21. The word Samhain (pronounced sow-ain in this example) means "end of summer" or "summer's end" and originated in what country: A) Ireland B) Finland or C) Norway A) Ireland
  22. What is the intense fear of Halloween called? Hint, it is a type of phobia. Samhainophobia (source: http://phobialist.com)
  23. Which country celebrates "The Day of the Dead" instead of Halloween? Mexico
  24. In 1921 the city of Anoka celebrated the first official city-wide observation of Halloween in the United States. What state did this take place in? Minnesota
  25. Samhain in the Northern Hemisphere for many traditions, marks which havest, the first, second or third? The third harvest.
  26. In the New World, the majority of the settlers did not celebrate Halloween or All Saints Day because they considered it a holiday belonging to what religion? Catholic (most holidays were considered immoral by the settlers)
  27. Home fires were traditionally extinquished and relit on Samhain to represent the cycles of death and rebirth, and to represent the new year, the waning of the sun and coming rebirth, etc. What fire were the home fires relit from? From the Samhain ritual or festival fires. (need fire, balefire, bon fire, sabbat fires also accepted)
  28. Apples are sacred to the Goddess Pomona (which is where pome fruits get their name) She is the Goddess of harvest and Samhain was known as Pomona day to the Romans. What 'secret' does an apple hold for Witches when cut crosswise? Cutting an apple crosswise reveals a five pointed star or pentacle.
  29. What popular Halloween game includes fruits which are sacred to the Goddess Pomona (these fruits may represent the souls of the afterlife) Name the Game.... Bobbing for Apples
  30. What vegetable is said to have been originally carved into "Jack-O-Lanterns"? Pumpkins, Turnips or Watermelons? Turnips
  31. Regarding the stories and fears of people putting poison or razor blades in candy trick-or-treat favors, these stories originated from a few isolated incidents. In these incidents the candy was given to the children by A) candy exchanges at schools B) someone in their own home or that the children knew or C) from strangers during door to door trick or treating B) Someone in their own home or that the children knew.
  32. In mid 19th Century New York, children called ragamuffins would dress in costumes and beg for pennies on what day? Thanksgiving Day
  33. In ancient Celtic society, Samhain from October 31st to November 1st was considered a time when what ceased to exist? Time
  34. Superstitions: Covering your mouth when yawning was once thought to prevent what? Evil spirits from entering your body through your mouth.
  35. Superstitions: If a black cat walks towards you it brings _____ luck. Good (If it walks away it takes the luck with it)

    Samhain Trivia Visible Answer Key


    1. In the middle ages on Samhain and Beltane, church bells were rung and townspeople would bang on pots and pans or ring bells of their own for what purpose? To prevent Witches from flying over the village.
    2. The Romans called Halloween Pomona Day. Who or what was Pomona? A) The town where the Romans first celebrated Pomona Day B) The Goddess of fruits and gardens or C) The place in the afterlife where evil spirits dwell B) The Goddess of fruits and gardens.
    3. What date does Halloween fall on in a leap year? October 31st.
    4. This annual Samhain celebration was established in 1973 by Laura Cabot in Salem MA, and draws international crowds, media, and many copy-cat celebrations. What is this celebration called? The Witches' Ball
    5. Why weren't pumpkins carved into Jack-O-Lanterns before the 'discovery' of America? The Pumpkin is an American (New World) Vegetable
    6. Samhain is a celebration to honor ______. A) Samhain, the God of the dead B) the end of summer and harvest or C) the druidic priest who held the first Halloween service B) The end of summer and harvest.
    7. Rituals to honor the dead are often performed on Samhain. What ritual is a Widower performing when he prepares a meal in silence, and sets a place at the table for a loved one who has passed away? He is performing a "Dumb Supper" or "Silent Supper"
    8. In the popular "Peanuts" cartoon by Charles Shultz, every Halloween, Charlie Brown helps his friend Linus wait for what character to appear? The Great Pumpkin
    9. Divination is frequently done on or near Samhain because it is felt that ________ is 'thin'. The veil between the worlds is thin, or the veil between the mundane and spirit worlds is thin.
    10. Doreen Valiente, respected Craft author, began her search for Old Dorothy Clutterbuck (the woman who allegedly initiated Gerald Gardner) in 1980. On Samhain of that year she and three other Witches met in a wood in southern England and called upon Clutterbuck's spirit to show a sign that she wished Valiente to succeed in her quest. What sign did they receive? The lantern at the south quarter of the circle suddenly tipped over and the glass in it broke. She also heard the voice of the deceased Gerald Gardner speaking to her.
    11. The tradition of dressing in costumes began for what purpose? A) To scare away evil spirits B) To honor the dead or C) To trick evil spirits so they would think you were one of them. A) To scare away evil spirits
    12. When was COG (Covenant of the Goddess) incorporated as a nonprofit religious organization? (date including year) Samhain, October 31, 1975
    13. If a Months begins on a Sunday, what superstitious date can you be sure the month will contain? It will always contain a Friday the 13th.
    14. A long time ago, when space was short in cemetaries in England, graves were dug up so the space could be reused. About one out of 20 of the coffins contained scratch marks on the inside. So to prevent future loved ones from being burried alive, they would be laid out on the kitchen table and the family would gather around and eat and drink to see if the person would come around. This is the origin of what modern rite? A Wake.
    15. In Ireland and Wales, it was traditional on Samhain to sit at the crossroads and listen to what for prophesies of the year to come? Listen to the wind.
    16. Running around a fairy ring nine times is traditionally supposed to assist in seeing fairies. When does superstition hold that it is dangerous to attempt this? On Samhain or Beltane, as it may supposedly offend the Fey.
    17. Like throwing salt over your left shoulder, what does superstion tell us to do if fairies pass by us on Samhain? Throw dirt from your footprint after them to force them to surrender captive humans.
    18. Who was responsible for holding a "Witch-In" in Central Park on Samhain 1970 which drew much media attention? Dr. Leo Louis Martello (although the city parks department at first would not issue a permit, Martello secured the aid of the N.Y. Civil Liberties Union) Martello later formed the Witches Anti-Defamation League.
    19. Which group celebrated what we've come to know as Halloween first? A) The Druids B) The Romans or C) The Christians A) The Druids
    20. What token is required to gain passage across the River Styx? A Coin
    21. The word Samhain (pronounced sow-ain in this example) means "end of summer" or "summer's end" and originated in what country: A) Ireland B) Finland or C) Norway A) Ireland
    22. What is the intense fear of Halloween called? Hint, it is a type of phobia. Samhainophobia (source: http://phobialist.com)
    23. Which country celebrates "The Day of the Dead" instead of Halloween? Mexico
    24. In 1921 the city of Anoka celebrated the first official city-wide observation of Halloween in the United States. What state did this take place in? Minnesota
    25. Samhain in the Northern Hemisphere for many traditions, marks which havest, the first, second or third? The third harvest.
    26. In the New World, the majority of the settlers did not celebrate Halloween or All Saints Day because they considered it a holiday belonging to what religion? Catholic (most holidays were considered immoral by the settlers)
    27. Home fires were traditionally extinquished and relit on Samhain to represent the cycles of death and rebirth, and to represent the new year, the waning of the sun and coming rebirth, etc. What fire were the home fires relit from? From the Samhain ritual or festival fires. (need fire, balefire, bon fire, sabbat fires also accepted)
    28. Apples are sacred to the Goddess Pomona (which is where pome fruits get their name) She is the Goddess of harvest and Samhain was known as Pomona day to the Romans. What 'secret' does an apple hold for Witches when cut crosswise? Cutting an apple crosswise reveals a five pointed star or pentacle.
    29. What popular Halloween game includes fruits which are sacred to the Goddess Pomona (these fruits may represent the souls of the afterlife) Name the Game.... Bobbing for Apples
    30. What vegetable is said to have been originally carved into "Jack-O-Lanterns"? Pumpkins, Turnips or Watermelons? Turnips
    31. Regarding the stories and fears of people putting poison or razor blades in candy trick-or-treat favors, these stories originated from a few isolated incidents. In these incidents the candy was given to the children by A) candy exchanges at schools B) someone in their own home or that the children knew or C) from strangers during door to door trick or treating B) Someone in their own home or that the children knew.
    32. In mid 19th Century New York, children called ragamuffins would dress in costumes and beg for pennies on what day? Thanksgiving Day
    33. In ancient Celtic society, Samhain from October 31st to November 1st was considered a time when what ceased to exist? Time
    34. Superstitions: Covering your mouth when yawning was once thought to prevent what? Evil spirits from entering your body through your mouth.
    35. Superstitions: If a black cat walks towards you it brings _____ luck. Good (If it walks away it takes the luck with it)
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