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Every year on October 31, people participate in a frightening festival called “Halloween”. Its origins can be found in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, which was a way to mark the end of the harvest season. This night is believed to blur the distinction between the living and the deceased. Halloween is commemorated in various ways such as wearing costumes, carving pumpkins, lighting bonfires, going trick-or-treating and decorating with spooky items. Try out the quiz below to see how much you know about this spine-chilling event.

    1. Which ancient Celtic festival is Halloween thought to have originated from?

    BeltaneSamhainImbolcLughnasadh

    2. Which What is the traditional purpose of a jack-o'-lantern?

    To tell ghost storiesTo guide lost spiritsTo scare away witchesTo keep candy fresh

    3. Which vegetable was originally used for making jack-o'-lanterns?

    PumpkinTurnipPotatoCucumber

    4. What is the fear of Halloween called?

    HalloweophobiaSamhainophobiaPumpkinphobiaGhostophobia

    5. What do people typically wear on Halloween to ward off evil spirits?

    MasksCapesGarlicSilver Jewellery

    6. What is the traditional Halloween bread in Ireland?

    BarmbrackPumpkin loafGhost breadWitches' scones

    7. In which European country is the Halloween tradition of "mumming" or "guising" still popular?

    ScotlandFranceGermanySpain

    8. What is the name of the holiday honouring the saints and deceased loved ones?

    All Souls' DayDay of the DeadAll Saints' DaySoulful Halloween

    9. Which ancient Roman festival is believed to have influenced Halloween?

    SaturnaliaLupercaliaFeraliaIdes of March

    10. What is the traditional Halloween game that involves telling someone's fortune by pulling petals from a flower?

    Apple bobbingPumpkin carvingLove me, love me notTarot card reading

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