Halloween

Language Level: Elementary IELTS score:3/TOEFL IBT Score: 45) (CEF) A2 ERF Graded Reader Scale Elementary (Medium)
CEF English language level: B2



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Hallowe'en is a special ghost festival. It happens on the night of 31 October. People wear special clothes at Hallowe'en. They tell ghost stories and play games.

Hallowe'en is very popular in the USA. Children visit the houses of their neighbours. They wear strange costumes.

Children visit the houses of their neighbours. They wear strange costumes.

When the door opens they say 'trick or treat? The neighbour then gives them a 'treat' or something nice. This could be a sweet or an apple.


Exercise


You can read more about hallowe'en in simple English here. And a Hallowe'en ghost story here.

Making Jack--o'-lantern is a popular part of Halloween. This is a pumpkin with a face carved out (see picture above). Inside the pumpkin there is a candle. The candle is to frighten the witches away.

Another tradition is a special Halloween cake. This has a silver coin inside. When the cake is cut, someone finds the coin in one of the pieces. This person will become rich.

When the door opens they say'trick or treat? The neighbour then gives them a 'treat' or something nice. This could be a sweet or an apple.


Exercise


You can read more about hallowe'en in simple English here. And a Hallowe'en ghost story here.

Today Halloween is a fun festival. But in the past it was very frightening. People called it 'The night of the flying witches.' They thought these witches used terrible magic. They lit fires to frighten them.

Orange and black are the Halloween colours. This is because orange is the colour of autumn/fall and black the colour of death.
Like Christmas, Halloween is a festival which contains both Christian and Pagan elements.

The word ('hallowe'en in the original spelling) is a contraction of All Hallows (saints) Eve. This is the day before the Catholic All Saints Day - which has been celebrated on 1 November since the Middle Ages. All Saints Day commeorates Christian martyrs and is followed on November 2 by All Souls Day.


Added to the Catholic  rituals - praying for the souls of the departed etc - were more obviously pagan ones.


Among the practices associated with Halloween during the Medieval period were the lighting of bonfires, evidently to symbolize the plight of souls lost in purgatory, and souling, which consisted of going door-to-door offering prayers for the dead in exchange for "soul cakes" and other treats. Mumming (or "guising"), a custom originally associated with Christmas consisting of parading in costume, chanting rhymes, and play-acting, was a somewhat later addition to Halloween.  
Joke: Q: What do you call a witch who lives at the beach? A: A sand-witch

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