Halloween Quiz - Answers







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






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




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






Dr Faustus, play by Christopher Marlowe


Macbeth, play by William Shakespeare


Halloween, poem by Robert Burns


Ghosts, play by Henrik Ibsen                       




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





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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