Halloween Quiz - Answers

                     

 

 

Folklore

 

 

Broomstick - anagram

 

Dance of Death – popular belief that the dead rose and danced to tempt the living

 

Jack O’Lantern – originally hollowed from a turnip, now more commonly from a pumpkin

 

Trick or treat - anagram

 

 

Films

 

 

The Exorcist, film directed by William Friedkin, starring Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb

 

The Wicker Man, film directed by Robin Hardy, starring Edward Woodward, Britt Ekland, Christopher Lee

 

Ghostbusters, film directed by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis

 

The Witches of Eastwick, film directed by George Miller, starring Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer

History

 

 

The Witch of Endor, through the ghost of Samuel, foretold Saul’s death in battle

 

The Witches of Salem, 20 young women in 17th Century Massachusetts accused of witchcraft and executed

 

Devil’s Island, former French penal colony off French Guiana in South America to which Alfred Dreyfus was sent

 

 

Literature

 

 

Dr Faustus, play by Christopher Marlowe

 

Macbeth, play by William Shakespeare

 

Halloween, poem by Robert Burns

 

Ghosts, play by Henrik Ibsen                       

Mythology

 

 

Quetzalcoatl – descended to hell and retrieved human bones, which he resurrected with his blood

 

Osiris – became god of the dead after he became the first of the gods to die, murdered by his brother

 

Loki – represented evil and was responsible for the death of Balder, god of light and joy

 

Hecate – also goddess of sorcery and witchcraft

 

Pluto – after the defeat of the Titans, was awarded control of the Underworld

 

Nature

 

 

Devil fish – common name for the manta ray

 

Dust devil – name applied to whirlwinds occurring over deserts or semi-arid plains

 

Tasmanian Devil – a carnivorous and scavenging marsupial now restricted to Tasmania

 

Witch hazel – family of trees whose species produce various extracts (including gum) used in cosmetics and liniments

 

Devil’s Triangle – alternative name for the Bermuda Triangle

 

 

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