Trivia night

3.5 stars

A trivia night can take many forms, from being a fundraiser to being an annual competitive tradition!

Here's a few general suggestions:

  • Split the group into tables - these tables make up the teams.  Tables can come up with their own names or alternatively give each table a number.  Ideally the name or number should be prominently displayed

  • Plan for around 5-8 "rounds" of questions, grouped into categories (eg General Knowledge, Sports, History, Local knowledge, TV, Biblical, etc).  See below for more information on how you can get a bit creative. 

  • The MC should read out the questions and each table writes down their answers on a piece of paper.  If possible, have pre-prepared papers on each table with table name / round number /   question number / etc.  Have one piece of paper per round

  • After each round, tables swap answers and mark each others questions (honesty system applies!).  Once marked, they should bring them up the front to someone who keeps a running total. 

  • Have a break between each round to allow for socializing.  If it's a fund raiser, you can conduct other activities between rounds (see below)

Creative ideas for questions

  • Music - burn a CD with 5/10 second snippets of songs.  Play them one by one with a 30 second break in between each one.  The teams have to guess the song (artist and title)

  • Movies - burn a DVD with 20 second snippets of movies.  Play them one by one with a 30 second break in between.  The teams have to guess the movie. 

  • Famous faces - hand out an A4 sheet of paper with 16 photos of famous people - people have to guess who they are.  Use google images to find the photos (be wary: copyright restrictions may apply)

In between rounds

  • Conduct a Silent Auction (have a display table with some goods donated by businesses, with a sheet of paper where people can "bid" for the goods). 

  • Organize someone to speak promoting a cause (if fund raising)

  • Play another game to give away a prize (such as True or False or Sit Down If).  If you are fund raising, one option is to get people to donate a coin to play or enter the games

  • Leave a couple of Brain Teasers on the table for teams to complete and submit for points (if they get it right)

  • Get a representative of each table to come up the front and play a game (such as Karaoke, Charades, etc).  Winner gets points for their team. 

Other recommendations

  • Don't underestimate the importance of a good MC.  Ideally it's best to find someone charismatic and funny - a good MC can be the difference between an average night and a memorable one!

  • Make sure you ban mobile phones to stop people Googling the answers!

  • Ensure you have a volunteer looking after "administration" of the night - adding up scores, helping with music, collecting money, etc.  It's difficult to run a Trivia night on your own!


  • Sharing, Get to know you
  • Night
  • Ice breaker
  • Fundraising
  • Team Building Teamwork
  • Indoor
  • Large area
  • Teens (Age 12-15)
  • Teens (Age 16-18)
  • Young Adults

Group Size
  • Medium (10-29 people)
  • Large groups (30+)

  • Longer (30-60 mins)
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please how do one conduct auction sales
- wahab (17 Mar 2014)

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