Friday, 3 July 2015

How To Throw An Awesome Back To The Future Theme Party

Today (3rd July 2015) the greatest film ever made, Back To The Future, is 30 years old.  To celebrate, here’s The Hill’s guide to throwing a Back To The Future Theme Party.

In the summer of 2011, I threw a Back To The Future theme birthday party for The Housemate.

I researched ideas on the Internet, but there is surprisingly little advice out there, unless you’re a millionaire who can afford an actual replica of the time machine to pose in.  Aren’t you lucky I’m here to make it simpler for you!  Instead, I watched all three films, making notes on everything and came up with my own ideas.

So here is my guide to throwing a fairly simple and cheap but really fun BTTF party.


A flame coloured font on black (like the title of the movie) works pretty well, or you could cut the invitations into the shape of a Delorean. 

I spent ages designing a very colourful invite in Powerpoint at college, but in the end I sent mine by email so lost the pretty colours and shapes.  I had a lot of fun with the wording though:

‘Great Scott!

Guest’s Name

is invited to The Housemate’s SURPRISE Back To The Future Birthday Party.



On Saturday 4th June 2011, 16:30 onwards.

Silence Earthling, My name is Darth Vader.  I am an extra terrestrial from the planet Vulcan.  If you don’t come back to the future with The Housemate, I’ll melt your brain.

That’s right, The Housemate is turning 26, and I (The Hill) am once again in control of arranging his birthday!  So I thought, why not theme it on everyone’s favourite film trilogy?  Please come and make it a truly great day for our dear friend.  It’s your density.

The Housemate knows I’m throwing him a party, but he doesn’t know it is Back To The Future themed, so DON’T mention that to him.

For the more ambitious, please come dressed as someone or something from the films.  For the lazier guest, anything on the theme of Wild West, 50s, 80s or futuristic (circa 2015) will be fine!

Please bring something to put in The Housemate’s very own ‘time capsule’ so he can look at it years from now and remember YOU.

Don’t forget your skateboards and guitars…  Things are about to get heavy.

RSVP to The Hill’

There’s always internet card shops too.  I had a pretty cool Back To The Future birthday card made up, and you could also do this for the invitations.

Time Capsule

To really take advantage of the time travel theme, creating a gift that the recipient won’t even see for several years is really cool and will be a very memorable and thoughtful gift once opened. 
I chose to have the time capsule opened in 2015, because this is the future (as seen in Part II) and tied in with The Housemate turning 30 at the same time as the film.  Otherwise I’d recommend a five-year gap being pretty perfect in terms of really special but not so far in the future you've forgotten who you used to be friends with.  But you could even be as daring to keep it locked away for thirty years (the amount of time Marty travels).

I asked all The Housemate’s friends to add something to a time capsule he can open in ‘the future’.  Trouble with ideas like this is it involves people remembering to do stuff.

‘If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.
 The idea here is to add different things from different friends into a time capsule so The Housemate can look at it years from now and remember YOU.
 What you want to add can be anything at all.
 A card or letter from you to be read by The Housemate in the future would be nice.  You can write just about anything you want.  Hopes and dreams, stories, challenges for him to do in the future, psychic predictions, recollections, comments on the current news, personal notes, future greetings, special memories, retrospective of the time you’ve know each other, whatever you like.
 Then if you want, you can also add in an item (preferably no bigger than the palm of your hand), this could be a trinket(s), object(s), snapshot(s), newspaper clipping(s), drawing(s), keepsake(s), memorabilia, paraphernalia, anything, that is of historical note or that you think would be of use to The Housemate in the future, or would interest him, or is from something you have done together, or something he would find relevant or personal or something that reflects his personality or interests, seriously anything.  It could be of literally no interest to anybody else other than you and he.
 Be as lighthearted and funny or as serious and reflective as you like.’

So you get a box, stick a ‘Do Not Open Until [Date]’ label on the front and fill it with the above, as well as decorations etc left over from the party and then keep it safe and hidden for four to thirty years.  I filled mine with cards and letters (and mementos) from friends, the decorations, as well as the responses from the game of consequences we played and the quiz, and one very special genuine 2015 article to allow The Housemate to blend in with the natives in the future – a pair of ‘2015’ Back To The Future sunglasses given away by Pizza Hut that I got from eBay.
Solved what to get him for his 2015 birthday!

Fancy Dress

Since the theme was a surprise, I had to get a costume for The Housemate.  I considered letting him be Marty McFly, but couldn’t get past the fact that I have ALWAYS wanted to be Marty McFly.  I got round this because I know he really likes George and I thought if I gave him George’s suit for the dance then he would be the best dressed at his party.

Marty McFly outfit:

blue jeans, blue denim jacket, red/orange puffy vest/gilet, red T-shirt, short sleeved shirt with a loose check, braces, white nike trainers, purple pants (Calvin Klein).  BE WARNED - FOUR layers are rather too much for a summer party - I was stripped down to braces level within minutes.

George McFly outfit:

black shoes, black trousers, cream dinner jacket, white shirt, black bow tie.
A cowboy from 1885 and 1950s George.  It makes no sense.
My error here was writing ‘for the lazier guest, anything on the theme of Wild West, 50s, 80s or futuristic (circa 2015) will be fine’ on the invitation.  So every other guest came as a cowboy. 
Although one guest did consider coming as a Delorean.


Ideas I considered: decorating the rooms with clocks ala Doc’s lab; posters of the films and cut-outs of the characters; inflatables (guitars); bunting (some gets caught on the Delorean at the end of Part II); timeline of famous historical events; fire trails (created with fairy lights, candles, sparklers); the films playing on the TV (I didn’t do this because I used them as part of the quiz); blue and silver tinsel for the Enchantment Under The Sea dance and underwater themed decorations; 80s memorabilia for the Café 80s; make a mock up of the clock ala Hilll Valley Festival 1885 so people can have their photo next to it.

In the end, due to lack of funds and small space I decorated different walls of the room with images from the films, as the different eras of the films.  These work particularly well as filler for the Time Capsule, particularly things like the Save The Clock Tower leaflet or You’re Fired fax.  There was 1885, the 50s, the 80s, 2015, Biffhorric 80s and Doc’s lab as well as putting up my collection of BttF postcards and toy Deloreans.

You can buy BttF memorabilia online, but I just made my own banners and signs and printed pictures off the Internet.  I would recommend checking out what memorabilia’s for sale online though if you want to give out special prizes or need extra bits for the time capsule.  I got the 2015 sunglasses for the time capsule and I had a BttF notepad from Universal Studios as a prize.

1885 area: 


50s area: 

Blue and silver fish and seahorse decorations and poster for the dance (‘Saturday Night Dance Enchantment Under The Sea Be There Or Be Square’),

Lyon Estates billboard (‘Live In The Home Of Tomorrow… Today!’), magazines, comics and newspapers (Tales From Space, Fantastic Story Magazine, Oh Là Là, Hill Valley Telegraph: ‘Local Farmer Claims ‘Space Zombie’ Wrecked His Barn’) and photo of Marty and siblings fading from existence.

80s area: 

Battle of the bands banner, Re-elect Mayor “Goldie” Wilson poster (‘honesty decency integrity’), Save The Clock Tower leaflet and book jacket for A Match Made In Space.

2015 area: 

Cafe 80’s sign, Jaws 19 poster (‘This Time It’s Really Really Personal’), You’re Fired!!! fax and newspapers (USA Today: ‘Youth Jailed, Martin McFly Junior Arrested for Theft’ and USA Today: ‘Gang Jailed, Hoverboard Rampage Destroys Courthouse’).

Biffhorrific 80s area: 

Sign for Biff Tannen’s Pleasure Paradise, Biffco Enterprises poster and Grays Sports Almanac.

Doc’s lab area: 

The Delorean licence plate, flux capacitor sketch and photos of Doc’s heroes (Einstein, Franklin, Newton and Edison).


There are four (EDIT 2019: five now) soundtrack CDs to the films so it’s easy to get Alan Silvestri’s score. 

The soundtrack for the first film also has The Power of Love – Huey Lewis and the News, Back in Time – Huey Lewis and the News, Heaven Is One Step Away – Eric Clapton, Time Bomb Town – Lindsey Buckingham, The Wallflower (Dance With Me Henry) – Etta James, Night Train – Marvin Berry and the Starlighters, Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine) – Marvin Berry and the Starlighters and Johnny B. Goode – Marty McFly with the Starlighters. 

The other songs featured in the films you can download are:
Mr. Sandman – Four Aces.
The Ballad of Davy Crockett – Fess Parker.
Pledging My Love – Johnny Ace.
Beat It – Michael Jackson.
I Can’t Drive 55 – Sammy Hagar.
Papa Loves Mambo – Perry Como.
Doubleback – ZZ Top.

If you need more than that, then go with era music 80s/50s.


Depends what you like and what sort of meal you’re going for.  I had a buffet of food that appears in the films.  Here is a fairly comprehensive list of the food and drink devoured in the trilogy (more does appear on screen but you can't always see what it is).


Doc has instant coffee and burnt toast for breakfast.
Plutonium looks like red ice lollies.
There’s a Burger King in Hill Valley (it's where Doc's house used to be, also Dave works there).
In the McFly house you will find a glass jar of sweets, lite beer and a Welcome Home Uncle Joey cake.
I made this!

George eats a bowl of peanut brittle.
Biff drinks beer.
Marty drinks cans of diet pepsi.
Lorraine drinks vodka.


Marty asks for pepsi free and tab at Lou’s cafe, before being served with a coffee with no sugar.
Lou’s serves malts, sundaes, cones, floats, coffee, soda, sandwiches and pies.
Marty drinks a bottle of pepsi.
The Baines family eat meatloaf and mash for dinner (I have a feeling this is what the McFlys are eating in the 80s too).
George drinks a milk chocolate shake.  The girls have strawberry and vanilla shakes.
At the dance there is punch (possibly spiked).
Strickland adds whisky to his mug.

Good 80s:

Breakfast at the McFly’s includes fresh strawberries and oranges.
Doc uses banana skins as fuel for Mr Fusion.


Cafe 80s serves ‘hot salsa, avocados, cilantro mixed with your choice of beans, chicken, beef or pork’ as well as ‘mesquite-grilled sushi, cajun style’ and to drink is pepsi perfect (though Marty fails to work out how to open it).
In the future, the McFlys eat Pizza Hut hydrated pizza for dinner (I used mini pizzas) and grapes.
The antique shop sells Perrier water.
The girl with the hoverboard drinks a slurpee in a mug with bendy straw.

Biffhorrifc 80s:

Lorraine drinks liquor on the rocks.


The McFlys have rabbit (with bullets), corn on cob and bread for dinner and drink brown water.
The saloon serves whisky, sarsaparilla and black coffee but not ice water.  Also ‘wake-up juice’.
Buford drinks Kentucky Red Eye.
Doc offers Marty an ice tea.
There are fruit pies (in Frisbee dishes) at the festival.
Doc’s breakfast is fried eggs, toast and bacon.

Activities And Games

There is a BttF console game (which is Part IV and completely canon as far as I am concerned), a BttF card game and a BttF board game.  If you don’t already own these however and can’t afford the expense (like me at the time) there are plenty of themed activities to try instead.

Depending on what kind of party you’re having, you could have dancing (50s style) or poker (Biffhorrific), but I doubted The Housemate would appreciate this.

I wrote out the different activities and put them in a bowl for The Housemate to pick out.  We had time for about just over half, I think.

Different Choices, Different Lives:

‘The smallest decision or the biggest act can change your life forever.  When George McFly was hit by a car, Lorraine Baines fell in love with him.  But when Marty pushed George out of the way of the car, Lorraine didn’t look after George, George never asked Lorraine to the high school dance, they never kissed, they never married and they never had their three children.  Think back over your life.  If one event had gone a different way, what could your life be like now?’

I thought this would be a neat way to break the ice.  I was wrong.  It was a total disaster.  Most people just went for ‘if I hadn’t been asked this question I wouldn’t have to answer’.


‘Hapless George often ended up with a Kick Me sign on his back.  Take out the frustration on a piñata instead.’

I made a white piñata and wrote Kick Me on it (lazy, I know – if you have the skill, maybe make one in the shape of the time machine instead!).  I filled it with sweets that were available in the 80s and hung it in the garden.  We hit it with a baseball bat (Griff’s weapon of choice).  It actually worked brilliantly and everyone managed to knock some sweets out.

The Ultimate Back To The Future Quiz:

‘It wouldn’t be a theme party without testing your trivia knowledge.  Pick your teams and let quiz master The Hill see if you’re a real fan.’

See here for my interactive quiz.  I wrote about twice as many questions as I actually asked, as I didn’t know how many teams there would be.  I asked the teams alternate questions, with the occasional challenge for both and a quick fire round at the end.  In the end we had two teams, Marty’s Minions and Who’s Marty?  Unsurprisingly, Marty’s Minions won.

Choice Of Destinies:

‘A bit like consequences, we all start with the same person at the same place, but let’s see where this day could lead…’

Consequences is a game where you all have a piece of paper and you write a name at the top, fold it over, pass it on, and keep writing sentences and passing it on to make a silly story.  I'm sure you've played it.  However for us, this went completely wrong, as instead of starting with the same person and following different paths, we started with different people and followed the same path…  I have no idea how we screwed that up, but it was still fun.  Definitely needs a bit more thinking out before you play though.

Wii Skateboarding:

‘Marty’s greatest talent must be for skateboarding.  Since we’re likely to break a bone should we jump on a real one, try out your moves on the Wii Fit’s skateboard.’

I knew I had to have a skateboarding game, but decided I didn’t want to kill any of the guests, so real skateboarding might be a bit beyond us.  Instead I bought a skateboard wii attachment from eBay.  This went down really well, but I have yet to use the damn attachment since.

Crack Shot:

‘Marty’s a crack shot at video games from spending too much time at the 7-eleven and he’s handy with a colt peacemaker too.  See if you can knock down Buford’s target with our foam gun.’

I put up pictures of Buford between the balustrades of the stairs to shoot down with a foam dart gun. 

This could be improved if you also have a quick fire console game to get that ‘Wild Gunman’ feel.

Get To 88!:

‘Have a wild and wacky race on Mario Kart.  Imagine you’re being chased by those pesky Libyans or Biff’s gang, and go as fast as you can—you can’t time travel without hitting 88mph.’

This would work with any racing game.  This was just the only one we had at the time.

Wii Music:

‘Marty likes to rock.  Unfortunately his heavy metal riffing isn’t quite what the rock and roll virgins of the 50s appreciate.  Have a go at playing (murdering) a classic in rock style on wii music.’

Better with something like Guitar Hero, but I don’t own that.

Future Headlines:

‘Write your name and the name of someone famous on bits of paper and put them in the bowl.  Write two headlines from the future but leave the name blank.  Pick out a name at random and see who’ll be doing what in the future.’


‘Marty inadvertently invents the frisbee when he throws a pie plate to knock Buford’s aim away from Doc.  Enjoy the good weather and have a round of frisbee at the park.’

Make Your Own Time Machine:

‘It took Doc thirty years to build a working time machine.  You have five minutes.  Get into teams and transform your boxes into recognisable time machines (copy any you’re seen on TV, from the Delorean to HG Wells) before the time is up.  Most convincing box wins!’

You'll need a bunch of 'craft' rubbish for this (basically just don't throw your recycling out for a couple of weeks).  We didn't have time for this one, which is a shame because my plan was just to wrap myself in white toilet paper - thus becoming Sam Beckett in the Quantum Leap Accelerator!

So there you have it.  Themed costumes, decorations, gifts, food, music and games, as well as an excuse to watch bits from the films (for the quiz) and all of the films (for research).  We had a lot of fun.  I hope you do to.

The Hill’s Ultimate Back To The Future Quiz:

The length of this quiz is aimed at 4 teams – if playing with three teams then miss out every fourth question, if playing with two teams, then miss out every third and fourth question, but keep in the 'For All Teams' questions.  It's quite a long quiz, so you may want to trim it to a length that suits.

We played this as each team takes a turn to be asked a question, then we played a ‘For All Teams’ question, which are highlighted in bold.  These are either role play or ‘watch a clip’ questions based on the DVD trilogy boxset (so this requires practice on the part of the quiz master.  There is also a question that requires pictures of Biff to be handed out.)  At the end, there is a quick fire round.

While the questions require a good knowledge of Back To The Future trilogy, the ‘For All Teams’ questions can mostly be answered by someone who hasn’t seen the films, and the final round is just about generic time travellers.

I have blocked out the answers so you can play this quiz here - to read them, just highlight them.  If you want to print this quiz, then copy and paste it into Word and remove formatting, then the answers won't be blocked out.

  1. Who wrote Back To The Future?
ü  Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale.

  1. When they were trying to get a studio to sign Back To The Future, why did Disney turn it down?
ü  A mother falling in love with her son was too risqué.

  1. At the start of Back To The Future, what is the first sound we hear?
ü  Ticking clock.

  1. How slow are Doc’s clocks?
ü  Twenty Five minutes.

  1. FOR ALL TEAMS.  Sing the song the Pinheads play at their audition. 
ü  The Power of Love.  Best performance wins.

  1. How much electricity does the flux capacitor need to time travel?
ü  1.21 gigawatts.

  1. What is Doc’s dog in the 80s called?
ü  Einstein.

  1. What is Doc’s dog in the 50s called?
ü  Copernicus.

  1. What doesn’t Mr Strickland like?
ü  Slackers.

  1. FOR ALL TEAMS.  Watch this three minute clip and answer the questions. 
Back To The Future DVD.  Chpt 6.  27.22 – 30.26. (the time travel scene)
ü  What words are written beneath the readout OCT 26 1985?
                                                              i.      Present Time. 
ü  What colour is the Libyan’s van?
                                                              i.      Blue and white.
ü  What shop is in the background during the chase? 
                                                              i.      JC Penney. 
ü  What does Marty hit when he arrives in 1955? 
                                                              i.      A scarecrow. 

  1. Other than the clock tower, a certain building is a central point of all versions of Hill Valley.  In 2015, it is called the Café 80s.  What is it called in 1885?
ü  The Palace Saloon

  1. Other than the clock tower, a certain building is a central point of all versions of Hill Valley.  In 2015, it is called the Café 80s.  What is it called in 1950s?
ü  Lou’s Café.

  1. FOR ALL TEAMS.  Sing the song Marty performs at the Enchantment Under The Sea dance. 
ü  Johnny B Goode.  Best performance wins.

  1. Other than the clock tower, a certain building is a central point of all versions of Hill Valley.  In 2015, it is called the Café 80s.  What is it called in the 80s?
ü  Lou’s Aerobic Fitness Center.

  1. Other than the clock tower, a certain building is a central point of all versions of Hill Valley.  In 2015, it is called the Café 80s.  What is it in the Biffhorrific 80s?
ü  A Toxic Waste Reclamation Plant.

  1. FOR ALL TEAMS.  Watch this three minute clip and answer the questions.
Back To The Future DVD.  Chpt 13.  1.01.42 – 1.04.48.  (the skateboard chase scene)
ü  What song is playing in the café? 
                                                              i.      The Wallflower (Roll With Me Henry) by Etta James. 
ü  Who does George ask for his chocolate milk? 
                                                              i.      Lou. 
ü  What colour is Lorraine’s shake? 
                                                              i.      Pink. 
ü  What colour hat is the lady Marty knocks over wearing? 
                                                              i.      Red and black. 
ü  What colour is the interior of Biff’s car? 
                                                              i.      Red. 

  1. Marty’s parents met when George fell out of a tree and Lorraine’s father hit him with his car.  Why was George in the tree?
ü  He’s a Peeping Tom.

  1. On what day did Doc invent time travel (the day Marty travels to)?
ü  Saturday Nov 5 1955.

  1. How did Doc invent time travel?
ü  He was standing on his toilet hanging a clock, the porcelain was wet, he fell, hit his head on sink and had a vision of the flux capacitor which is what makes time travel possible.

  1. In the future, what does Marty do that ruins his life?
ü  To prove he isn’t chicken, he races Needles and crashes into a Rolls Royce.  He breaks his hand, the owner presses charges, he gives up on music, Jennifer marries him because she feels sorry for him.

  1. FOR ALL TEAMS.  Put these pictures of Tannen in chronological order.  Ancestors first, descendants last and only include the Tannens from the timeline in place at the end of the trilogy. (You should have seven pictures – Buford, 50s Biff, original 80s Biff, Biffhorrific Biff, Auto Dealing Biff, Old Biff and Griff)
ü  Buford, 50s Biff, Auto Dealing Biff, Old Biff, Griff

  1. What is Doc allergic to?
ü  All synthetics.

  1. What is Hill Valley’s slogan?
ü  A Nice Place To Live.

  1. FOR ALL TEAMS.  Watch this three minute clip and answer the questions.
Back To The Future Part II DVD.  Chpt 5.  17.01 – 20.11 (hoverboard chase scene)
ü  Who is on the TV that Griff hits? 
                                                              i.      Ronald Reagan. 
ü  What song is playing in the café? 
                                                              i.      Beat It by Michael Jackson. 
ü  What colour is the skirt of the little girl with the hoverboard? 
                                                              i.      Green. 
ü  What does one of Griff’s lackeys call Marty? 
                                                              i.      Bojo. 
ü  What’s Griff’s hoverboard called? 
                                                              i.      Pitbull.

  1. What does Lorraine think Marty is called in 1955?
ü  Calvin Klein.

  1. What pseudonym does Marty go by in 1885?
ü  Clint Eastwood.

  1. Finish this Biff-ism: Why don’t you make like a tree and...
ü  Get outta here.

  1. Finish this Biff-ism: That’s about as funny as a screen door…
ü  On a battleship.

  1. FOR ALL TEAMS.  In Part III, Buford makes Marty dance by shooting at his feet.  Please perform Marty's dance.
    ü  the Moonwalk.  Best performance wins.

  1. Who does Marty claim to be and from what planet when he convinces George to ask out Lorraine?
ü  Darth Vader, I am an extra terrestrial from the planet Vulcan.

  1. Who does the singer Marvin Berry phone while Marty is playing guitar at the dance?
ü  Chuck Berry.

  1. FOR ALL TEAMS.  Watch this three minute clip and answer the questions.
Back To The Future Part II DVD.  Chpt 12.  56.08 – 58.50 (confrontation with Biff scene)
ü  What colour are the flowers behind Marty in Biff’s room? 
                                                              i.      Purple.  (arguably pink! Avoid this question)
ü  What does Marty put in his pocket? 
                                                              i.      A matchbook. 
ü  How many times does Biff fire his gun? 
                                                              i.      Five.
ü  What is Biff’s handrail decorated with? 
                                                              i.      Naked ladies. 
ü  What does the neon sign on the roof say? 
                                                              i.      Biff’s. 
ü  Two McFlys with the same gun is? 
                                                              i.      Poetic justice.

  1. Finish this Buford-ism: I’ll hunt you and shoot you down like…
ü  A duck.

  1. What is Doc’s favourite historical era?
ü  The Old West.

  1. Who is Doc’s favourite author?
ü  Jules Verne.

  1. In Part II, when Marty burns the almanac and repairs the timeline, the matches he took from Biff change from Biff’s Pleasure Paradise to what?
ü  Biff’s Auto Dealing.

  1. FOR ALL TEAMS.  Watch this three minute clip and answer the questions.
Back To The Future Part III DVD. Chpt 15.  1.22.33 – 1.25.15 (the showdown scene)
ü  Which actor is playing two roles in this scene? 
                                                              i.      Michael J Fox. 
ü  The clock tower is chiming, what time is it? 
                                                              i.      Eight.
ü  What film is Marty homaging? 
                                                              i.      For A Fistful Of Dollars. 
ü  How many times does Marty punch Buford?
                                                              i.      Four.
ü  What is carved at the top of the tombstone? 
                                                              i.      Here lies.

  1. In Part II, when Marty burns the almanac and repairs the timeline, the newspaper changes from 'George McFly Murdered' to what?
ü  George McFly Honored.

  1. In Part II, when Marty burns the almanac and repairs the timeline, the newspaper changes from 'Emmett Brown Committed' to what?
ü  Emmett Brown Commended.

  1. How is Doc killed in 1885?
ü  Shot in the back by Buford Tannen over a matter of 80 dollars.

  1. Buford Tannen’s nickname is Mad Dog because he has a short temper and what else?
ü  A tendency to drool.

  1. What does Marty’s great grandfather do when they meet?
ü  Pees on him.

  1. Shonash Ravine is changed to Clayton Ravine after the teacher Clara Clayton falls over the cliff.  But Doc messes up the timeline by saving Clara’s life, so what is the ravine called when Marty returns to the 80s? 
ü  Eastwood Ravine.

  1. How does time machine get destroyed?
ü  It’s hit by train.

  1. What are Doc’s sons called?
ü  Jules and Verne.

  1. When Doc demonstrates the time circuits to Marty, to show how you can travel to any day in history, name one of the events he suggests visiting before he enters the date he invented time travel? 
ü  The signing of the Declaration of Independence or the birth of Christ.

  1. What two sport items/toys does Marty inadvertently invent?
ü  The skateboard and the frisbee.

  1. FOR ALL TEAMS.  What Happens Next?  I’ll play an outtake and you tell me what’s about to happen?  (This is using the outtakes on the DVD – the quiz master will have to be pretty quick on the pause for these.  Practise first - press play all and check the time counter and the image on screen just before the 'incident' to see when to pause.  When playing the quiz, press play all, then each time you pause the teams will have to guess what is about to happen/go wrong) (next time I locate the DVDs (I've just moved) I will see if I can add a bit more detail to when to hit pause!)
ü  Comes in with Roger Rabbit.
ü  Michael J Fox squashed by horse.
ü  Tap dance.
ü  Indian falls off horse.

BONUS Time Traveller Trivia Quickfire Round.  You don’t need to be a Back To The Future buff for this round. This is about all sorts of time travellers in TV and film.

I’ll say a catchphrase.  You say the Time Traveller who says it.

  1. Geronimo. 
ü  The Doctor.
  1. Great Scott. 
ü  Doc Brown.
  1. I’ll be back. 
ü  The Terminator.
  1. Oh boy. 
ü  Sam Beckett.
  1. This is heavy. 
ü  Marty McFly.
  1. Yatah.
ü  Hiro Nakamora.

  1. In Groundhog Day, what song does Phil wake up to every morning?
ü  I got you babe.

  1. In the 1960 film The Time Machine, what is the name of the Eloi woman that George saves from drowning?
ü  Weena.

  1. In which time travel film is the villain an evil bowler hat?
ü  Meet The Robinsons.

  1. Which crew travel back to the 20th century to save the whales?
ü  The crew of the Enterprise (Star Trek).

  1. Which superhero turns back time by flying really fast around the world?
ü  Superman.

  1. Which time traveller punches William Shakespeare for the suffering he is going to cause to every schoolboy and schoolgirl for the next four hundred years?
ü  Blackadder.

  1. Who uses a poorly repaired toaster to time travel?
ü  Homer Simpson.

  1. Which time travellers are responsible for the disappearance of the crew on the Marie Celeste?
ü  The Daleks.

  1. What crime was time traveller Gary Sparrow committing?
ü  He was a bigamist.

  1. In Heroes, what message does Hiro travel into the past to give to Peter Petrelli?
ü  Save the cheerleader.