There are some scary things going on in the world this week, so we collected some of them in our latest Week to Week news quiz.
Here are some random but real hints: So sue me; Democrats dream; World Series hangover; and that's politically correct. Answers are below the quiz.
1. Why did officials in Canadensis, Pennsylvania, first cancel and then restore traditional Halloween trick-or-treating this year?
a. Because of a manhunt for someone suspected of killing a state trooper
b. The ACLU sued over the city council's agreement with a local Baptist preacher's warning that Halloween was demonic
c. Most of the town's roads had been washed out in recent floods, but inflatable pathways were provided by a nearby plastics and rubber manufacturer
d. The city had hoped to save the $45,000 in extra police costs for the night but changed course after local complaints
2. The White House got a scare this week. Whom did they blame?
a. They're pointing fingers at Russia for a White House computer breach
b. Michelle Obama blamed Secret Service agents for a Halloween prank that went wrong, causing $4,000 in damage to the East Room
c. The president's personal physician said Obama had cancer, before correcting himself two hours later
d. An invasion of grasshoppers forced a return visit by the pest controllers
3. Who released Kaci Hickox from captivity?
a. ISIS released her after kidnapping her in a daring raid on a UN compound in Syria
b. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie released her after quarantining her because she was a nurse who worked with Ebola patients
c. Texas Governor Rick Perry released her after DNA evidence cleared her in the murder of her spouse
d. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un released her after former NBA player Dennis Rodman intervened on her behalf
4. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said he wasn't afraid about what happening?
a. Being sued by the nurse who was involuntarily quarantined; he said "Whatever. Get in line."
b. Hillary Clinton becoming president
c. Anyone in his family getting Ebola
d. His anti-mafia crackdown failing to take down the biggest crime bosses in the state
5. What did Sarah Palin threaten to do?
a. Stop going to parties in Alaska
b. Crush Democrats' hopes in November "like a grape"
c. Run for public office again
d. Divorce Todd
6. What open secret did Apple CEO finally admit?
a. The iPhone 6+ is bendy
b. Apple never should have tied itself to AT&T when it launched the iPhone
c. Google Maps is better than Apple Maps
d. He's gay
7. Civic unrest resulted in 40 arrests where?
a. Ferguson, Missouri
c. San Francisco
d. Salem, Massachusetts
8. What is expected to increase the cost of Halloween next year?
a. House Republicans are putting a "sin tax" on any demonic costumes sold to minors
b. House Democrats are trying to pass a bill before the midterms that would restrict the use of farmland for growing pumpkins
c. The New York Times reports that many wealthy neighborhoods are looking to tax parents who drive in children from less well-to-do neighborhoods to trick-or-treat
d. The cost of chocolate is going up
9. What have 4,000 University of California Berkeley students signed a petition protesting?
b. A campus speaking engagement for Bill Maher
c. Student loan rates
d. Undergraduates are not allowed to wear Halloween costumes in class
10. Why did a Minnesota couple change their Halloween decorations and promise never to do it again?
a. The lawn decoration looked like lynched bodies hanging from trees in their front yard
b. Neighbors called police three times after being alarmed by the inflatable ISIS warrior figures in the front yard
c. They were sued by Viacom for the cardboard cutouts of John Stewart and Stephen Colbert that were going to greet trick-or-treaters
d. The Minneapolis City Council voted 14-0 to condemn the couple's "Packerland 2014" decorations
BONUS. What holiday tradition might get you arrested in Beijing, China?
a. Giving Christmas presents
b. Celebrating Groundhog Day
c. Dressing up as a monster or zombie on the subway, because it might create panic
d. Painting Easter eggs
Want the live news quiz experience? Join us Monday, November 3 in downtown San Francisco for our next live Week to Week political roundtable with a news quiz and a social hour at The Commonwealth Club of California. Panelists include the San Francisco Chronicle's Debra J. Saunders and Hoover Institution's Dr. Tammy Frisby.
1) a (they caught him).
Explanations of the hints: So sue me: Governor Christie said if the nurse wants to sue him, she can get in line; Democrats dream: Palin suggested that liberals were worried she'd run, when they're more likely thrilled at the idea; World Series hangover: the disturbances took place during post-World Series victory celebrations; and that's politically correct: Bill Maher's former TV show was called Politically Incorrect.