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10 Fun Trivia Theme Nights

10 Fun Trivia Theme Nights

“ideas and tips on 10 themes to expand your trivia services and entertain your customers……and keep that money coming in”

In the wide world of being a trivia host I often get can asked “Can you provide trivia on x x x x “ or “Do you do rounds on y y y y”.  The answer is always a positive one because, as in any line of work, the customer is always right. If you do not provide a particular trivia service to a customer, someone else will and you will find you are pushed to the back of the queue. Lets have a look at some of the common theme nights you could run and some useful tips and advice on each one.


10 Fun Trivia Theme Nights


Pop Culture

Let us begin with the biggest demand of all. People, in most trivia nights, want to be entertained. They don’t necessarily want to know the ins and outs of historical events or have to remember things they have not done since school. They want to have fun and be able to answer questions on things they care about, or at least have heard of. This is where pop culture comes in. Play it right, cover all areas and ideas and eras and you will please your audience. If it’s a music bar, run a dedicated music trivia night covering all areas! Concentrate on things people may have seen lately or the cinemas or the latest songs in charts mixed with nostalgia questions for the older folk and you are on to a winner.



Always a popular theme and one in which people can, even if they don’t know it have a guess. Questions that begin “What capital city…” or “In which country…” can always be worked out or at least a sensible guess made. Flags, outlines of countries, national anthems, pictures of famous places can all be used to spice up the night. Former names of countries and cities are popular, questions on US States. Then that’s not to mention Rivers, Seas and Mountains. People love answering questions on places they have visited so popular tourist spots will be great.



Always goes down well but you have to be careful so as not to be too obscure. If you are asking questions about British PMS or Romans Emperors make it the obvious ones. If you are asking for dates, stick to events everyone will know. History is a tricky field to get something people will enjoy but pull it off and it can have customers flocking back for more.


Local Trivia

This will always serve to give your night a unique feel as it shows people you are caring about them and their area and not just reeling off questions after questions that anyone can answer.  Local news, local bands, local sports teams….all are going to make people feel more involved and more interested than if you are asking about places miles away of sports teams from other cities.


Other Media

Music is of course always popular but mix it up….play songs backwards, what is the next line?, in what year was this a number 1, play cover versions and ask who is the original…..and don’t rule out voice identification rounds, TV themes and movie soundtracks. All going to go down well with people of all ages. Throw in a good picture round, perhaps play the off TV clip if you have facilities and it all works well to give a diverse night.


Star Wars Night

Topical at the moment with the release of the new movie but topics like Star Wars will always attract fans as they tend to be very obsessive. You have to make sure your accuracy is up to speed though otherwise they will be on at you like a pack of Sand People on the hunt for a droid….


Star Trek Night

Among the most devoted of fans are the so-called “Trekkies”. They can often tell you every line of every show so you need to test them well. Use pictures, episode descriptions, Whats the next line and do whatever it takes to catch them out. I have ran many nights and advertised on forums and facebook pages devoted to the product and seen good solid results. So what are you waiting for? Get online into those Trekkie forums today and if I still haven’t heard from you in 3 days, I will send help.


Candy Trivia

Everyone loves Candy and at least if they haven’t tried every bar they will have  seen it on the shelves and on commercials. Knowledge that they wont know they will have but can certainly use if you prepare trivia based on it!


Pets Trivia

I have also found that people know a scary amount of information about Pets. Not just your Dogs and Cats either….everything you can think of that can possibly be held as a pet can be used to create fun trivia that will appeal to a different kind of people that your useful run of the mill General knowledge.


Alcohol Trivia

You are in a bar? What do people in bar like? Beer?…what should you ask questions on……Beer! This works well for corporate nights or more relaxed products. Spice it up by adding labels to identify, what country is this beer from and sounds from TV commercials.


All in all though, the options are endless when it comes to theme nights and you can pretty much make a fun night and a fun set of trivia out of any theme the customer wants. If they want a quiz night on golf or if they want a 4 hour trivia session on Harry potter it is your job to make it interesting and with the knowledge you already have as well as the advice and guidance of sources like this blog it sure will help!  Be sure to make good notes of theme nights that work well for you.


Until next time….happy trivia hosting!


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