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A few years ago, Halloween overtook Christmas as a favorite time of year.

Much of my Halloween fun, however, is filtered through my on-screen love of Halloween: those moments in movies and on TV where the characters go for a trick or a treat, or when the forces supernatural goes haywire around the 31st. As a curious Halloween kid who grew up in an era when treats or treats were either frowned upon or greeted with friendly bewilderment (“Uh… here’s an apple and a packet of crisps ? “), my Halloween fantasies were fueled by the big screen. So much so that in 2018, I hosted trick or treaters while disguised as Michael from ET … wearing his costume from ET. Halloween.

From ET to Stranger Things and Halloween to Mean Girls, October 31 provided fruitful material for writers looking to tap into the dramatic (and comedic) potential of costume parties, pumpkin lanterns, and liminal space between. childhood and adulthood. .

So, as All Saints’ Day rolls around and the bowl of fun lollipops near your front door increasingly empties, test your knowledge of the spooky season on screen with this quiz: no prizes, but the loser may or may not get their toilet papered front yard …

1.Vincente Minnelli’s classic 1944 musical, Meet Me In St Louis, follows the Smith family throughout the year. In the ‘Fall’ vignette, Tootie (Margaret O’Brien) and Agnes (Joan Carroll) leave for Halloween. What curse does the tough kid dressed as a bearded woman threaten Tootie if she doesn’t agree to “kill” a neighbor by throwing flour at him?

2.The supernatural horror film Poltergeist was released in June 1982, but was then re-released on October 29 of the same year to capitalize on the Halloween weekend. The film (a sneaky critique of suburbia and consumerism) is about the Freeling family’s misadventures after they move into a new home. What evergreen horror trope did the movie use?

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3.The forgettable 2011 TV movie The Dog Who Saved Halloween features a talking dog (voiced by Joey Lawrence) who meets a creepy neighbor during the spooky season. What scary type of legendary movie did said neighbor play?

4. The Simpsons’ special Halloween “Treehouse Of Horror” tradition began in 1990 with the episode of the same name. In the “Bad Dream House” segment, the Simpsons move into a weirdly inexpensive old house that turns out to foster an evil spirit à la Amityville Horror and Poltergeist. Which legendary actor provided the unusually melodious voice of the mover who mumbles “I’m glad there’s a curse on this place” after Homer gives him $ 1?

5.What hot new product from Bob’s (Sean Astin) Radio Shack store do the boys take with them on their trick or treat adventure in the Stranger Things 2 episode “Chapter Two: Trick Or Treat, Freak”?

6.Scream queens Jamie Lee Curtis and his mother Janet Leigh starred in two horror films. What were they?

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7. In 2004 Mean Girls, no one tells Cady (Lindsay Lohan) that the party dress code reflects that “Halloween is the day of the year when a girl can dress like a real slut and no other girl can dress up like a real slut. can’t say anything else about it. “What does Cady come up with dressed up at the Halloween party?

8.In Kathryn Bigelow’s Immortal Bromance Point Break in 1991, Bodhi (Patrick Swayze) and his fellow surfing outlaws rob banks while wearing rubber Halloween masks.

9.True or False: In the 2001 20th anniversary edition of ET The Extra Terrestrial, Steven Spielberg dubbed the movie so that instead of mom Mary (Dee Wallace) telling her big brother Michael (Robert MacNaughton) that he can’t become “a terrorist” for Halloween, she tells him he’s not going “hippie”?

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ten.Freaks & Geeks, the cruelly ax-driven series from Judd Apatow and Paul Feig, features a heart-wrenching Halloween episode, “Tricks and Treats,” in which Sam (John Francis Daley) and the geeks go to play or treat, to be accidentally pushed by Lindsay (Linda Cardellini) and the Monsters. Sam plays Gort from The Day The Earth Stood Still, Neal (Samm Levine) plays Groucho Marx. Who does Bill Haverchuck (Martin Starr) dress in?

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