A Chicago Style Halloween Quiz

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Pumpkins, Candy, and Gore

What does Halloween have to do with Chicago style? Not a lot, but that hasn’t stopped us from coming up with ten questions designed to challenge your editorial knowledge and stoke your curiosity about this quirky holiday and some of the words associated with it.

Take the quiz to find out what it’s all about.

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Note: This quiz is just for fun. Check back next month for our usual CMOS-themed workout.

A Chicago Style Halloween Quiz

1. The word “Halloween” appears in The Chicago Manual of Style as an example of
2. The apostrophe in “Hallowe’en,” as the holiday is sometimes spelled, stands for
3. The term “jack-o’-lantern” can refer either to the familiar carved pumpkin or to
4. Someone who is all dressed up for a Halloween party might properly be called
5. Trick-or-treaters, when they trick-or-treat, say “Trick or treat!”
6. The idea for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups originated in the 1920s, when two young trick-or-treaters collided in Hershey, Pennsylvania, mixing up their chocolate and peanut butter.
7. A kiss is sometimes just a kiss, whether it’s affectionate or confectionary, but what would you call the foil-wrapped drop of solid chocolate sold by Hershey’s?
8. Pumpkins are a type of
9. When a pumpkin is standing upright (stem on top), its grooves are oriented
10. A Halloween night arranged according to Chicago style might include ghosts, goblins, ghouls and gargoyles, followed by an all-night gorefest featuring Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead.


Top image: Drawing of a pumpkin by Suesse, modified for post.

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3 thoughts on “A Chicago Style Halloween Quiz

  1. I have a problem w #3. Your answer is “both,” but that doesn’t make grammatical sense as the question is written.

    • You may be right about the grammar, but we were being elliptical: “Both [of those first two answers are correct]” and “Neither [of those first two answers is correct].” Hope you enjoyed the quiz despite our mysterious syntax. 👻

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