Ancient Origins of Halloween Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain.The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future.
Today's Halloween Traditions The American Halloween tradition of "trick-or-treating" probably dates back to the early All Souls' Day parades in England. During the festivities, poor citizens would beg for food and families would give them pastries called "soul cakes" in return for their promise to pray for the family's dead relatives. The tradition of dressing in costume for Halloween has both European and Celtic roots. Hundreds of years ago, winter was an uncertain and frightening time. To avoid being recognized by these ghosts, people would wear masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits. On Halloween, to keep ghosts away from their houses, people would place bowls of food outside their homes.
Halloween Superstitions In Scotland, fortune-tellers recommended that an eligible young woman name a hazelnut for each of her suitors and then toss the nuts into the fireplace. The nut that burned to ashes rather than popping or exploding, the story went, represented the girl's future husband. Another tale had it that if a young woman ate a sugary concoction made out of walnuts, hazelnuts and nutmeg before bed on Halloween night she would dream about her future husband. Young women tossed apple-peels over their shoulders, hoping that the peels would fall on the floor in the shape of their future husbands' initials; and stood in front of mirrors in darkened rooms, holding candles and looking over their shoulders for their husbands' faces.
Jack-o-lantern People cut out eyes, a nose and a mouth on a pumpkin, put there a candle, turning a usual pumpkin into jack-o-lantern. It is very ancient Irish custom. The legend tells that there lived the person by name of Jack who was very avaricious. Therefore, when he died, it didn't get on heavens. As it didn't start up and to a devil. As a result, Jack has been compelled to go on the ground with the pumpkin till the Doomsday. Irish began to cut out terrible faces on turnip, a beet, a potato and a pumpkin, representing jack-o-lantern.
Food Because Halloween comes in the wake of the yearly apple harvest, candy apples , caramel or taffy apples are common Halloween treats made by rolling whole apples in a sticky sugar syrup. At one time, candy apples were commonly given to children, but the practice rapidly waned in the wake of widespread rumors that some individuals were embedding items like pins and razor blades in the apples in the United States. One custom that persists in modern-day Ireland is the baking of a barmbrack which is a light fruitcake, into which a plain ring, a coin and other charms are placed before baking.
Dear Students, listen to the song “This is Halloween” and fill the gaps, please!!!
This is Halloween Boys and girls of 1) ___________________________ Wouldn't you like to see something 2)______________? Come with us and you will see This, our town of Halloween This is Halloween, this is Halloween 3)__________________ scream in the dead of night This is Halloween, 4)_____________ make a scene 5)______________________ till the neighbors gonna die of fright It's our town, everybody scream In this town of Halloween I am the one hiding under your bed Teeth ground sharp and eyes glowing red I am the one hiding under yours stairs Fingers like 6)____________ and 7) ______________ in my hair This is Halloween, this is Halloween Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! every age strange pumpkins everybody Trick or treat snakes spiders
In this town we call home Everyone hail to the 8)________________________ In this town, don't we love it now? Everybody's waiting for the next 9)____________________ Round that corner, man hiding in the trash can Something's waiting now to pounce, and how you'll... Scream! This is Halloween Red 'n' black, slimy green Aren't you 10)___________________? Well, that's just fine Say it once, say it twice Take a chance and roll the dice Ride with the moon in the 11)_______________ Everybody scream! Everybody scream! In our town of Halloween! I am the 12)__________ with the tear-away face pumpkin song surprise scared dead of night clown
Here in a flash and gone without a trace I am the "who" when you call, "Who's there?" I am the wind blowing through your hair I am the 13)____________ on the moonlit night Filling your 14)____________ to the brim with fright This is Halloween, this is Halloween Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Tender lumpings everywhere Life's no fun without a 15)_____________________ That's our job, but we're not mean In our town of Halloween In this town Don't we love it now? Everyone’s waiting for the next surprise shadow dreams good scare
16)______________ Jack might catch you in the back And scream like a banshee Make you jump out of your skin This is Halloween, everybody scream Won’t ya please make way for a very 17)_________________ Our man jack is King of the Pumpkin patch Everyone hail to the Pumpkin King This is Halloween, this is Halloween Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! In this town we call home Everyone hail to the pumpkin song La lala la, la la la la... Skeleton special guy
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SPOOKY HELLOWEEN QUIZ 1. When is Halloween celebrated? a) December 25th b) February 14th c) October 31th 2. What colours are associated with Halloween? a) red and green b) yellow and blue c) orange and black 3. Who can walk through walls? a) witches b) goblins c) ghosts 4. What is worn to keep vampires away? a) garlic b) onion c) pepper
5. When are werewolves supposed to come out? during a full moon b) after midnight c) on a Halloween night 6. What does a witch use for transport? a) a hat b) a motorbike c) a broomstick 7.What would you call a group of witches? coven b) gang c) mob