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Trivia Night

A trivia night is a fun way to inspire some friendly competition and raise some money for a good cause!  Keep reading for an overview of how to host a successful trivia night and some resources to make it happen.

Steps for Hosting a Trivia Night:

  1. Pick your date – Make sure to choose a date when people will be free to attend.  A trivia night is usually around 3 hours long so keep that in mind when planning the date and time.
  2.  Select your venue – make sure to choose a venue with enough space for teams to spread out and still have room for other activities such a silent auction, raffle and/or food.
  3. Find a host–  Your host can be someone you know who enjoys speaking in front of crowds or you can find someone who professionally hosts trivia nights like a local comedian!
  4. Select your trivia categories– They can range from geography, pop culture or even HD trivia!  Base your questions and categories on who your audience will be to get the most traction.
  5. Promote the event on social media (check out some social media tips and tricks and poster templates in the resource section below)
  6. Sell, sell, sell!  Once your event details are confirmed, all your focus should be on selling tickets to your event.  Make sure to share with your friends and family, share on social media and check out community events listings in your area!
Other things to consider: 
  • Ticket price – Make sure your ticket price matches the value of what you’re offering.
  • Prizes – What are you going to offer as an incentive for people attending?
  • Food – food is a great way to make a trivia night more fun!  Either include the food in the registration fee or charge extra.
  • Audience –  Who is your audience?  If the event is adults only or family friendly will impact many aspects of your event including the venue, the trivia categories and more.
  • Rules – Make sure you have clearly defined rules and scoring before the event and outline these rules to all participants at the beginning of the event.
  • Extras – you can sell things like “mulligans” for a few dollars for teams to use if they don’t know the answer to a question.  Just make sure you outline in the rules how many they are allowed to purchase/use per round!

Virtual Trivia Nights 

There are a number of online platforms to help you continue to do trivia nights during this time of social distancing.  A few platforms include: CrowdPurr and Trivia Maker.  These platforms allow you to host trivia nights for multiple people online.  There are certain limitations with the basic versions of these platforms but they usually include the option to pay for an upgrade if you feel it is necessary for your event.  With this technology you can connect with your supporters virtually and still host a fun trivia night!  Simply charge a registration fee (you can set up a page with HSC or a program like Eventbrite to charge the fee online) for your virtual trivia night and consider setting up a zoom call for some more social connection!

Silent Auctions

For additional revenue generation, try adding a silent auction.  It’s always a good idea to look at multiple revenue streams when hosting an event and a silent auction is a great option because it does not require a license and you can ask local businesses for donations.  You can also do an online auction if your event is virtual (more details coming soon!).

Check out some silent auction tips and tricks here.

Click here to download a silent auction bid sheet to use at your event.

Raffles

If you’d prefer to do a raffle at your event, check out this document outlining some details!  If you are planning to hold a raffle, a raffle license will be required.  HSC is typically responsible for applying for this license once you provide us with the details.  Click here to submit a form with all your raffle details and HSC will apply for the raffle license.  Keep in mind, it can take up to two months for the license to come in so you will need to plan ahead.

Resources

Questions: If you have any questions, email us at events@huntingtonsociety.ca.

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