Halloween Quiz

My fellow blogger Melanie B Cee has a quiz that she shared on her blog that I thought I’d participate in. She got it from another blogger so I hope it’s ok.


I haven’t done one of these in a long time and I thought I might have some answers so here goes:

1. What are your thoughts on green pea soup?

I’ve had green pea soup a couple of times. It’s not bad, but not my favorite. Now that it’s been mentioned, it does look like demon vomit and now I will always think of that when I see it. Which I probably never will now.

2. Would you rather be Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy or Sarah Jessica Parker?

None of these ladies. I’m happy with me. I’d be game to dress up in the witch costume though and have the BOOOOOK!

3. Do you carve pumpkins or do you consider it to be a violation of their civil rights?

Here’s the thing with pumpkins: they have a really tough shell which requires a really sharp instrument. If I follow the scenario through to the end, I would end up cutting off a finger and then it’d be a real Halloween story.

4. Have you ever screamed whilst watching a horror movie? (Legitimate screaming, not mere gasping or knocking over your wine glass.)

I don’t know how those women have any vocal cords left after those screams. I’ve never screamed. At anything. It’s always been more of a squawk. Don’t judge. I’m not proud of it.

5. Who was the actual killer in the original “Friday the 13th” movie?

I honestly don’t know. I saw the first one, one time, a long time ago. Freddy wasn’t the actual killer? Dang. What else in my life is a lie?

6. As a young child and presumed trick-or-treater, did you carefully plan the streets and houses you would conquer, or did you rush up to each one you could find, full of great expectations, thus setting you up for a lifetime of disappointment?

Trick-or-treating was probably the last thing to set me up for lifetime disappointments. I grew up in the country so t.o.t. was a very rare event.

7. As an adult and presumed non-trick-or-treater (not judging if you still do), have you ever turned off your porch light on Halloween night because you just weren’t in the mood and/or somehow forgot it was Halloween despite the candy displays that have been in every grocery store since Labor Day?

Again, rural area= no t.o.t.

8. If dared, would you stand in front of a mirror and repeat “Candyman” five times?

If you dared me to just stand in front of a mirror, without saying anything it would be more terrifying than the “Candyman”. Whoever he is.

9. Do you remember the time when you could safely eat anything in your collected stash of treasures without fear or worry?

Oh yeah. When we DID get to go t.o.t. many, many a candy bar never made it past the block, let alone home. Sadly in later years though, everything had to be checked because of sick S.O.B.’s.

10. Do you remember the time when those treasures might be popcorn balls or candied apples because grownups made an effort to do it up right for the children of the neighborhood? And we would say thank you, ma’am, and really mean it?

Totally remember popcorn balls. And we had better dang well say “Thank You!”, and we taught our children to do the same.

11. Do you believe in ghosts? Spirits? Lingering traces of what once was?

Absolutely. I’ve had some experiences. RDP- Horror

12. Have you ever read “Something Wicked This Way Comes?” (Because Ray Bradbury is a master, and you should.)

No, but I read “The Exorcist”. That was enough.

13. If you were raised in a country or culture that doesn’t observe Halloween, do you have a similar holiday or time of year? We all have shared experiences, but they often go by other names…

I’m American, so does not apply.

14. Did you (or your parents) make your own costumes as a child, or were they store-bought? We always made our own, because we were broke-ass poor most of the time. (Slight exaggeration, but not by much.) Example: I once sauntered out as Dolly Parton, using slightly-deflated soccer balls to represent her signature anatomy as well as my own mother’s green-velvet mini-skirt, because it was the 70s and women actually had such things in their closets. It took me a few years to come out of my own closet…

So I’m wondering how the heck did you keep those soccer balls in place? Seems like they’d have been mighty heavy, especially two of them on a little kid. Props to you for your perseverance! In answer to the question, it was kinda both. Back then they had those flimsy plastic masks (probably still do) so we got those and usually wore our regular clothes. Broke-ass poor too.

15. What are your thoughts on school systems and communities having “Fall Festivals” instead of “Halloween Parties”? My opinion? The overwrought religious folks who want to dilute the innocent fun of Halloween (because it’s all about Satan!) are doing a disservice to the very children that they are pretending to protect. Let the children use their imagination, because it’s the most important thing about them, and without that imagination, we stagnate.

My thoughts: It goes both ways. Don’t change the name of the holiday. Be it Halloween or Christmas. It’s Halloween or Christmas, period. If you don’t like the holiday, then ignore it and don’t participate. Don’t try to change it into something that you do like. I’ve known some uptight people who were wigged out about Halloween. They were also wigged out about any kind of fantasy. I can’t remember exactly what. Harry Potter comes to mind, but it was even more innocuous than that, like some Disney cartoon. It’s NOT real people! It’s imagination. If people are doing devil worship at Halloween, then they’re the type of people who do it all year long. It’s not because of Halloween. (getting off the soapbox now)

16. Did you ever read a scary book, in your bed and under the covers, with a flashlight?

No. There are scary things under the covers too. I’ve seen the commercials.

17. Who is your favorite horror author, if you read such? If you don’t, why are you still taking this quiz? Just kidding. Sort of. (Alternative question: What author best reminds you that life is far too short to read anything that isn’t worth your time?)

I haven’t been reading as much. Probably because I’m reading these blogs instead. LOL! I’m not sure of an exact author. I’ve read some scary books- “The Exorcist”, Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”. “Jaws” scared the beejeebers out of me. It was totally plausible that a shark was under my bed. I’ve probably seen more scary movies than read scary books.

18. What horror movie series starred a young Johnny Depp in the first installment?

No idea. But speaking of horror movie series… I saw the original “Halloween” movie, in the theater. Went home, by myself, to a dark house. It was like midnight, in the country with few lights around. I stood outside that door for a good 15 minutes trying to get the guts up to a) open the door and b) reach my hand in to flip on the lights. It was a toss up as to whether I would be killed there on the porch or once I opened the door.

19. Would you rather walk through a remote cornfield in the middle of the night, talk to a clown that you discover in a sewer grate, be the winter caretaker at the Overlook Hotel, live in the last house on the left, sign the guest register at a questionable motel that features a taxidermy theme, or use an ATM in the bad part of town at 3AM?

No brainer. Cornfield. Who is dumb enough to talk to a freaking clown in a sewer? I’m not into winter or taxidermy, don’t have enough money to need an ATM and too lazy to go to the last house anywhere.

20. If you were to write a horror story about your own life, would you change the names of the people who did you wrong?

Heck no! Why would I want to protect those losers? They couldn’t sue me because it’d all be true. But then again, Melanie is right when she says the best revenge is to be ignored & forgotten. So I might go that route.

21. If you were offered the chance at everlasting life, albeit with some not-so-good side effects like having to suck the lifeblood out of innocent people who happened to be in the Ikea parking lot at just the wrong time, would you do it?

Nah. If I was gonna be immortal I’d want it to be a healthy immortal. Using other people’s blood is not the way to go. No telling what’s in the blood system of those folks. Knowing my luck I’d get some horrible disease and be afflicted for eternity. Yay.

22. Of all the people who have passed before us, known or unknown, who would you most like to see sitting across from you at a table in a tapas restaurant in southern Spain, with that golden sun making everything surreal yet perfect, and you can just talk and talk and talk? Because I shouldn’t end this thing with real horror, but with love, and remembrance, and hope, and peace, and the imagination of little Dolly Partons in green-velvet mini-skirts who clutched a bag of treasures and briefly thought that everything was right as rain…

For that little Dolly Parton at that time, with a bag of treasures, everything WAS right as rain and that’s a beautiful thing. The person I’d most like to have sitting across from me would be my mom. I’d endure an afflicted immortal life for that.

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