35 October Trivia Questions (And Answers): Are You Autumn Mad?

Luca Demetriou
Dec 12, 2023 By Luca Demetriou
Originally Published on Jan 19, 2021
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Picturesque autumn landscapes, spooky Halloween decorations, and a general sentiment of calm and composure all have the month of October in common.

Even though October is the tenth month of the year, its name is derived from the word 'octo' meaning 'eight'. In the early Roman calendar, it was, in fact, the eighth month of the year, although this was overlooked when they changed the calendar to 12 months.

Fun facts, strange facts about October, and interesting facts about October are all included in this October trivia. This October trivia quiz is great for the October trivia night competitions.

Questions can be handpicked from this October facts and trivia to make the American October trivia quiz or a funny October trivia quiz, or an October fun facts trivia. If you liked our 4th of July trivia questions and Summer trivia, then give this a shot as well!

General October Quiz Questions

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A little warm-up before we dive into the obscure October trivia quiz. This set of October trivia facts will be sure to get your neurons firing.

1. Question: October is associated with Autumn in the Northern hemisphere, but which season does the Southern hemisphere experience during this month?

Answer: Spring.

2. Question: In common years, October begins on the same day of the week as which month?

Answer: January.

3. Question: October ends on the same day of the week as which month?

Answer: February.

4. Question: What are the birthstones for October?

Answer: Tourmaline and Opal.

5. Question: What is the birth flower for October?

Answer: Calendula and Marigold.

Historical October Trivia

October is a month full of events and festivals, here are some of the more important and some whimsical events to take place.

6. Question: When is Canadian Thanksgiving celebrated?

Answer: 12 October. American Thanksgiving is celebrated on 25 November.

7. Question: When is Columbus day celebrated?

Answer: 11 October.

8. Question: When is National Fossil Day celebrated?

Answer: 16 October.

9. Question: When is National Noodle day celebrated?

Answer: 6 October.

10. Question: When do we celebrate United Nations Day?

Answer: 24 October.

11. Question: When was the People's Republic of China founded?

Answer: 1 October, 1949.

12. Question: National Fire Prevention Week commemorates which disaster of the United States?

Answer: The Great Chicago Fire.  

13. Question: Oktoberfest was held in which city for the first time?

Answer: Munich, Germany.

Halloween Trivia

Yes, it is that time of year when the streets of New York City is flooded with spooky decorations. This section of the October trivia contest is specially designed for Halloween fans to cater to their needs for an October trivia for kids.

14. Question: When is Halloween celebrated?

Answer: 31 October.

15. Question: In 2019, how much did America spend on Halloween?

Answer: $2.6 billion.

16. Question: Which famous magician died on Halloween?

Answer: Harry Houdini.

17. Question: Who was the first lady to decorate the White House?

Answer: Mamie Eisenhower.

18. Question: When was Halloween first celebrated in the world?

Answer: In 4000 BC.

19. Question: What is the Celtic's equivalent of trick-or-treating?

Answer: During the celebrations of Samhain, to pacify the evil spirits, the people would put treats out.

20. Question: In which year was Halloween first celebrated in America?

Answer: 1840.

21. Question: What is the origin of the term jack-o'-lantern'?

Answer: The term originates from Irish folklore.

Famous People Born In October

Do you think you know enough about the month of October? Let us look into the famous people who were born this month.

22.  Question: Which 'America's Got Talent' judge celebrates his birthday in October?

Answer: Simon Cowell.

23. Question: Which world-famous Indian political and spiritual leader was born on the 2nd of October?

Answer: Mahatma Gandhi.

24. Question: Which world-famous male rapper was born in October?

Answer: Drake.

25. Question: Which world-famous female rapper was born in October?

Answer: Cardi B.

26. Question: When was the director, who kick-started the world of Marvel Cinematic Universe, born?

Answer:  Jon Favreau, 19 October, 1966.

27. Question: When was the actor, who played the famous character of 'Jim Halpert' in the television series 'The Office', born?

Answer: John Krasinski, 20 October, 1979.

28. Question: The famous Australian actor that bought the comic book character to life, was born on which day?

Answer: Hugh Jackman, 12 October, 1968.

Important Dates Of October

An October trivia for seniors, this trivia quiz has questions about the most notable dates in October throughout history, starting from Columbus day to the end of the Civil war.

29. Question: When and why is International Day of Non-violence celebrated?

Answer: International day of Non-violence is celebrated on 2 October to mark the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi.

30. Question: When is World Post Day celebrated?

Answer: 9 October.

31. Question: When is World Mental Health Day observed?

Answer: World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October to raise awareness about acknowledging and helping people with mental illness.

32. Question: When is World Standard Day celebrated?

Answer: 14 October.

33. Question: When do we celebrate Global Handwashing Day?

Answer: 15 October. It was founded by the Global Handwashing Partnership.

34. Question: Why is World Student's Day celebrated in October?

Answer: World Student Day is celebrated on 15 October to mark the birthday of A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the former president of India.

35. Question: Who launched World Food Day?

Answer: World Food Day was launched by the United Nations to raise awareness about healthy diets.

36. Question: When is World Spine Day celebrated?

Answer: 16 October.

37. Question: When is the World Statistics Date celebrated?

Answer: It is celebrated once every five years on 20 October.

38. Question: What happened on 3 October, 1863?

Answer: The last Thursday of November was designated as Thanksgiving Day in a proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln.

39. Question: When did the Space Age begin?

Answer: On 4 October, 1957 when the Russians launched the first satellite into orbit.

40. Question: When did Paraguay declare its independence from Spain and Argentina?

Answer: 12 October, 1811.

41. Question: When was Greenwich established as the universal time?

Answer: 13 October , 1943.

October Miscellaneous Trivia

Having enjoyed the above topics, let's look at some miscellaneous trivia facts about the month of October.

42. Question: Who tested the first working TV in October 1925?

Answer: John Logie Baird.

43. Question: What are the zodiac signs for October?

Answer: Libra and Scorpio.

44. Question: When was the Statue of Liberty gifted to the United States?

Answer: France gifted the Statue of Liberty to the United States in October of 1886.

45. Question: When was Bill Gates, who was once upon a time the richest person in the world, born?

Answer: 28 October, 1955.

46. Question: What did the Saxons call the month of October?

Answer: Winterfylleth.

47. Question: When is Apple Day celebrated in the United Kingdom?

Answer: 21 October .

48. Question: When was the first McDonald's restaurant in the UK opened?

Answer: 1 October 1974.

49. Question: When is the Chinese moon festival celebrated?

Answer: 1 October 2020.

50. Question: Why do the leaves change their colors?

Answer: The main reason for the change in color is the lack of sunlight.

51. Question: Why do we celebrate Columbus Day?

Answer: Columbus Day is celebrated to commemorate the landing of Christopher Columbus in the modern-day United States.

52. Question: What is the origin of Oktoberfest?

Answer: More than 200 years ago, when the Crown Prince of Bavaria married Princess of Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen, the wedding was celebrated with multiple days of drinking, feasting, and horse races.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly trivia for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for October trivia then why not take a look at Halloween movie trivia, or April trivia.

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Written by Luca Demetriou

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English and Drama, Master of Arts specializing in Performance: Design and Practice

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Luca DemetriouBachelor of Arts specializing in English and Drama, Master of Arts specializing in Performance: Design and Practice

Experienced in writing and sub-editing, Luca holds a Bachelor's in English Literature and Drama from the University of Birmingham, where he served as the culture editor at Redbrick Paper. He is currently pursuing a Master's in Performance: Design and Practice at the University of the Arts in London, showcasing his passion for the arts, performance, and history. With a keen interest in traveling, Luca enjoys exploring new cultures and experiencing diverse perspectives.

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