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History of Halloween
Halloween falls on October 31st each year in North America and other parts of the world. What do you know about Halloween? Do you celebrate it in your country? Here is a little history about it.

Halloween:Cloze ActivityFill in the blanks below using words from the word bank

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Halloween Vocabulary from the English Page


Halloween

N. a holiday celebrated on October 31 in which people dress in scary costumes



to carve

V. to cut with a large knife



pumpkin

N. a large, orange vegetable associated with Halloween



Jack-o-lantern

N. Americans traditionally cut out scary faces in pumpkins and put a candle inside. These pumpkins with faces are called "Jack-o-lanterns." Jack-o-lanterns are made to scare away evil spirits on Halloween.



costume

N. scary clothing or disguises worn on Halloween



"trick or treat"

On Halloween, children go from house to house and say "trick or treat." This phrase means give me candy or I will play a trick on you. Families usually give the children candy. If the children don't get candy, they sometimes play mean tricks like breaking the house's Jack-o-lantern or putting soap on its windows.



a costume party

N. a party where everyone dresses in scary costumes



bobbing for apples

This is a traditional Halloween game. You put apples in a barrel of water and people try to take the floating apples out of the water using only their mouths.



a skeleton

N. a body of nothing but bones



a ghost

N. the spirit of a dead person which appears again



a ghoul

N. an evil spirit which takes bodies from graves and eats them



a goblin

N. an unkind spirit which plays tricks on people



a witch

N. a woman with magic powers (usually evil)



a warlock

N. a man with magic powers (usually evil)
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Halloween Adjectives

cackling

to make an evil, witch-like laughing sound



evil

very bad in thought and behavior



gruesome

terribly shocking and sickening (often describes an act or event)



haunted

containing evil spirits or ghosts (usually describes a building or location)



hideous

describes something which is so sickening and ugly that you can't look at it



horrified

very shocked and scared



howling

making a long, loud cry like a wolf or a dog



possessed

controlled by an evil spirit or ghost (usually describes a person)



shrieking

sounding like a high-pitched, terrified screaming



wicked

very bad or evil (often associated with witches)


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