Scary Movies and Monster Trivia

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By Evelyn J. Mocbeichel



When I was about seven or eight years old I loved watching old black and white scary movies with my dad on the weekends prior to Halloween. These classic films included stories about mummies, werewolves and vampires, all of whom had me peeking out from under the sofa throw blanket each time a monster appeared on screen. Far less intense than the graphic and gory horror films of today, most of the “fright” was created by scary music and shadows across the screen.


When you think about the stories we have read to our children, the benevolent sounding word “fairy tale” conjures up happy tales of princesses and elves. However, when you recall the popular ones like Snow White or Sleeping Beauty, there is an evil queen wanting to harm the princess at every turn.

Our two grandchildren visited recently, and before bedtime they wanted me to read them a story. I still have books that belonged to our three children, and I let the grandkids pick one for me to read. They picked Jack and the Beanstalk, which I haven’t read in years. Do you recall the words the giant says after his famous “Fe Fi Fo Fum” chorus? Paraphrasing it is about “grinding bones to make his bread!” My six-year old grandson turned to me with wide eyes and asked, “What is the giant going to do?” Quickly covering up the words that just spilled from my lips, I mumbled something about “Oh, he is just trying to scare people and is pretending he is going to be mean so they don’t steal his gold.” For the rest of the book I read more slowly, changing the wording to be less scary.

Reflecting on my childhood and words that were a bit frightening, many brought images of monsters and scary beings to life. See how much “monsters trivia” you remember of names that made you shiver! Happy Halloween!


  1. What actor starred in the films based on Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein?
  2. Bela Lugosi became famous for his repeated role as what monster?
  3. From where did Lugosi’s monster hail?
  4. What is the simplified name of the Pacific Northwest and Canadian monster called Sasquatch?
  5. Who is the beast covered in white fur that is found in the Himalayan Mountains?


  1. Boris Karloff
  2. Dracula, a vampire
  3. Transylvania, Romania
  4. Big Foot
  5. The Abominable Snowman, also called the yeti (yet-tee).
October 31, 2017 |

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