Halloween Trivia: Top Selling Costume, Candy Corn & Halloween Meaning


Kathie Lee & Hoda: Who Knew? Halloween Trivia

With Halloween just around the corner, the ladies tested your knowledge on the spooky day. Kathie Lee and Hoda were joined by Ted Pappas, Executive Editor at Encyclopedia Britannica, who helped with the questions, including how much adults spend on Halloween and where the name Halloween comes from.

Halloween Trivia: Adults Spend On Halloween

Halloween Trivia: Top Selling Costume, Candy Corn & Halloween Meaning

Kathie Lee and Hoda were joined by Ted Pappas on The Today Show, who helped with the Halloween Trivia questions, including Halloween meaning, candy corn and top selling costume 2011.


Adults, on average, will spend how much on Halloween-related activities this year?

  • $25
  • $35
  • $62
  • $79

The correct answer is $79. Ted said that Americans will spend $8 billion on Halloween stuff this year, like candy and costumes, so it averages out to be $79 per adult.

Halloween Trivia: Candy Corn Eaten

How many pounds of candy corn do Americans consume every year?

  • 1 million pounds
  • 10 million pounds
  • 35 million pounds
  • 50 million pounds

The correct answer is 35 million pounds. Ted said that translates into nine billion pieces of candy corn that are consumed.

Halloween Trivia: Top Selling Costume 2011

What was the top selling Halloween costume in 2011?

  • Witch
  • Pirate
  • Zombie
  • Superhero

The correct answer is witch. Ted said with the election this year we are going to see a lot of Obama and Romney impersonators this year, but the traditional ones always remain popular.

Halloween Trivia: Meaning of Halloween

Where does the name “Halloween” come from?

  • An ancient Irish town thought to be haunted
  • “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving
  • The Mexican “Day of the Dead” holiday
  • All Saints’ Day

The correct answer is All Saints’ Day. Ted said it has religious roots and it is the eve before All Saints’ Day and was known as All Hallows Eve or Halloween.

Check out the audience members answering the questions:

Halloween Trivia: Jack-O-Lanterns

Jack-O-Lanterns have traditionally been carved out of all of the following except?

  • Turnips
  • Apples
  • Beets
  • Pumpkins

The correct answer is apples. Ted said that vegetables, not fruits have been typically used for jack-o-lanterns.


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