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1. The origins of Halloween date back to a celebration by which group of people who formerly lived in Europe, especially in what is today the British Isles?
2. What is the name of the ancient festival that marked the beginning of winter and the origin of modern Halloween celebrations?
3. Which group of Europeans came to America and gave us the tradition of carving a pumpkin and filling it with a candle for Halloween?
4. What is the name of the November 1 holy day, celebrated by many Christians to recognize people who lived courageous lives of good example?
5. Who was the leader of the failed "Gunpowder Plot" to overthrow the British Government in 1605? To this day, the British have a slightly different celebration on Nov. 4 and 5.
6. In China, what do they call their celebration that is similar to Halloween ?
7. Although the name sounds scary, what is the name of the festive, Mexican celebration that revolves around families and ancestors?
8. Which European country didn't celebrate Halloween until the mid-1990's? Before that, it was considered an "American" holiday to them.
9. Some American children ask for money to support a special group, in addition to begging for candy on Halloween. What is the name of the group?
10. In which American city did this tradition of asking for money to support this agency begin?
11. ,   What year did this collection of money start and how much money did children collect on the first Halloween?
12. What word describes an irrational belief that usually involves a way of explaining the fearful or unknown?
13. What number is often associated with bad luck and Halloween?
14. There is actually a name for the irrational fear of this number. What is the word for the fear of this number?
15. What ancient culture actually believed this same number was very lucky?
16. ,   Name two animals that are often associated with Halloween, although beliefs about them are not true.
17. Carved pumpkins might be the most common symbol of Halloween. On which continent is it believed that pumpkins were first grown?
18. What holiday, celebrated in the United States in November, features a special, dessert treat made from pumpkins? 
19. ,   When we think of pumpkins, we usually think orange, but there are other colors of pumpkins. Name two other pumpkin colors pictured there.

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