New Year & Halloween Trivia

88+ Best New Year & Halloween Trivia Questions & Answers

Mike Oberman

Updated: June 15th, 2023

Get ready to celebrate the new year and Halloween with a blast of trivia! From the biggest New Year's parade to ancient traditions and famous songs, this collection of questions will keep you entertained and your brain buzzing.


Question: The biggest New Year's Day Parade is in which European country?

Answer: London

Question: The early Roman calendar designated which date as the New Year?

Answer: March 1st

Question: In the UK the annual New Year's eve show 'Hootenanny' has a countdown followed by a rendition of what song?

Answer: Auld Lang Syne

Question: Which English singer had a hit with a song called Millennium?

Answer: Robbie Williams

Question: What kind of membership increases in the new year due to resolutions being made?

Answer: Gym

Question: What was the name for the technology scare around the Millennium?

Answer: Millennium Bug

Question: What is the first country to ring in the New Year?

Answer: New Zealand

Question: In the UK who hosts the annual New Year's eve show 'Hootenanny'?

Answer: Jools Holland

Question: The Gaelic calendar is still used in which country?

Answer: Ireland

Question: Which city is the first in the world to be celebrating the stroke of New Year's Day in it's millions?

Answer: Sydney

Question: In which city is the free New Year's event called America's Party?

Answer: Las Vegas

Question: According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, what are stolen more on New Year's Day than on any other holiday?

Answer: Vehicles

Question: In Italy, what do boys and girls receive gifts of on New Year's Day?

Answer: Money

Question: In which Australian city is one of the biggest New Year's celebrations?

Answer: Sydney

Question: Noisemaking and fireworks on New Year's Eve is believed to have originated in ancient times, when they were thought to do what?

Answer: Dispel evil spirits 

Question: Rosh Hashanah is the New Year's celebration of which religion?

Answer: Judaism

Question: What do visitors write on confetti released at Times Square at New Year's?

Answer: Wishes

Question: Which country was hit by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on New Year's Day 2012?

Answer: Japan

Question: What is the most popular New Year's Resolution in the United States?

Answer: Lose Weight

Question: The Time Square New Year's Eve Ball came about as a result of a ban on what?

Answer: Fireworks

Question: What is name for a promise you make to yourself to start doing something good on the first day of the year?

Answer: New Year's Resolution

Question: What hand-held sticks are often lit by children on New Years eve?

Answer: Sparklers

Question: The Celebrity Millennium is what mode of transport?

Answer: Ship

Question: The Fifth day of Chinese New Year is the God of ___'s birthday?

Answer: Wealth

Question: What fruit is dropped at New Year's in Atlanta, Georgia?

Answer: Peach

Question: Which 'Day of Christmas' is New Year's Eve?

Answer: 7th

Question: The Millennium Falcon features in which film series?

Answer: Star Wars

Question: What first of the New Year is said to bring luck?

Answer: Visitor

Question: Which country is the world's largest supplier of sparkling wine, a lot of which is drunk at New Year's?

Answer: France

Question: Sun nien fai lok' means Happy New Year in which language?

Answer: Chinese (Cantonese)

Question: In which Australian city is the Millennium Train?

Answer: Sydney

Question: The New Millennium is also known as what?

Answer: Y2K

Question: Which Island is the first to bring in the New Year?

Answer: Christmas Island

Question: Where in New York is the New Year's Eve ball dropped?

Answer: Times Square

Question: In the 'Friends' New Year episode 'The One with the Routine', who joined Ross and Monica at the TV broadcast?

Answer: Joey


Question: Some consider lighting fires and ___ to be bad luck on Chinese New Year's Day, so all food consumed is cooked the days before?

Answer: Using Knives

Question: Some consider using a ___ to be bad luck on Chinese New Year's Day?

Answer: Broom

Question: Some believe that the second day of Chinese New Year is also the birthday of all ___?

Answer: Dogs

Question: U2's song 'New Year's Day' was from their 1983 album, what was it called?

Answer: War

Question: In Vietnam the New Year usually begins in which month?

Answer: February

Question: The Dutch believe that eating what on New Year's Day will bring good fortune?

Answer: Donuts

Question: Traditionally for Chinese New Year, firecrackers were once lit to scare away who?

Answer: Evil Spirits

Question: What color do the people of Brazil typically dress on New Year's Day?

Answer: White

Question: Traditionally, in what country on New Year's Eve do people go around town throwing old dishes at their friends' doors?

Answer: Denmark

Question: Approximately how many people who set New Year resolutions fail?

Answer: 0.88

Question: Some Chinese New Year traditions include lighting firecrackers and giving what in red paper envelopes?

Answer: Money

Question: What color do most of the natives of Brazil wear on New Year's Eve?

Answer: White

Question: Soon after New Year's day was established, Roman pagans observed the New Year by doing what?

Answer: Engaging in drunken orgies

Question: Traditionally, the Chinese New Year was a time to honor deities as well as who?

Answer: Ancestors

Question: The 3rd day of Chinese New Year is considered an unlucky day to have what?

Answer: Guests

Question: The traditional Netherlands 'New Year's Dive' sees thousands of people sprint into the freezing ocean wearing underwear and what?

Answer: Santa Hats

Question: How many floats were there on the 2013 Rose Parade?

Answer: 42

Question: Rick Allen, lost his arm in a car crash on New Year's Eve 1984, which band is he the drummer of?

Answer: Def Leppard

Question: Hogmanay is a New Year's festival in which country?

Answer: Scotland

Question: In which 2005 film does a police sergeant rally the cops and prisoners together to protect themselves on New Year's Eve?

Answer: Assault on Precinct 13

Question: The 'Family Guy' New Year episode 'Da Boom' featured the family after a nuclear holocaust. Which famous singer did they meet?

Answer: Randy Newman

Question: They eat a special soup called Tteok-Guk, which is a hot soup with thin, flat rice cakes and most of the time ___ are inserted?

Answer: Eggs

Question: The 2004 New Year's No.1 Billboard Hot 100 was OutKast with which song?

Answer: Hey Ya!

Question: The celebration of the New Year is the oldest of all holidays. It was first observed in ancient Babylon about how many years ago?

Answer: 4000

Question: In what sport is the New Year's Four Hills Tournament played?

Answer: Ski Jumping

Question: There is an Estonian tradition of eating how many meals on New Year's day?

Answer: 7

Question: How many marching bands were there on the 2013 Rose Parade?

Answer: 23

Question: What color underwear do the natives of Mexico and Italy wear at New Year's?

Answer: Red

Question: How many equestrian units are there on the 2013 Rose Parade?

Answer: 21

Question: The Lion Dance for Chinese New Year has how many people operating a lion costume?

Answer: 2

Question: In what year was the first New Year's Eve Nos Galan Road Race?

Answer: 1958

Question: The first babies of the new Millennium were born in which country?

Answer: New Zealand


Question: In what year was the first Spengler Cup Final on New Year's Eve?

Answer: 1923

Question: In medieval times, a cake was put on which farmyard animal during New Year's?

Answer: Cow

Question: In order to realign the Roman calendar with the sun, Julius Caesar had to add how many extra days to the year 46 B.C.?

Answer: 90

Question: In what year was the first New Year's Eve Saint Silvester Road Race?

Answer: 1925

Question: At what time is a red maple leaf dropped at New Year's in Eastport, Maine?

Answer: 11:30 PM

Question: In what year did Roman emperor Julius Caesar first establish January 1 as New Year's day?

Answer: 46 B.C.E

Question: How many light bulbs lit the original New York City New Year's Eve ball?

Answer: 100

Question: In 1582 the calendar had slowly fallen behind the seasons over the years, so Pope Gregory advanced the calendar by how many days?

Answer: 10

Question: A sculpture called the 'D Burst' is dropped from which building in Detroit, Michigan during New Year's?

Answer: Hard Rock Café

Question: In the film 'The Hudsucker Proxy' Norville is chased by angry mobs through the streets on New Year's Eve before doing what?

Answer: Climbing a clock tower

Question: A team from which British university won the first Spengler Cup Final on New Year's Eve?

Answer: Oxford

Question: By the early medieval period most of Christian Europe regarded Annunciation Day as the beginning of the year. What date is that?

Answer: March 25th

Question: 2,000 doves of peace were released to celebrate the Millennium in which square?

Answer: Manger Square

Question: A structure in the form of what food is dropped in Plymouth, Wisconsin during New Year's?

Answer: Cheese

Question: In Bengali for New Year what do they use to paint patterns on the ground out the front of their houses?

Answer: Flour

Question: In Italy and Mexico, what do people wear on New Year's Day as a symbol of good luck for the upcoming year?

Answer: Red Underwear

Question: At the Orlando Citrus Parade the floats are decorated with what?

Answer: Tangerines

Question: Due to ill health, who substituted for Dick Clark in 2005 for 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve'?

Answer: Regis Philbin

Question: In the Medieval, what was the name of the vow that knights took which is similar to a New Year's Resolution?

Answer: Peacock Vow

Question: In the Eddie Murphy/Dan Aykroyd film 'Trading Places', on New Year's Eve they sneak onto a party train to steal a report on what?

Answer: Frozen orange juice prices

Question: In Ancient Egypt, the year began with the annual flooding of what?

Answer: The Nile