pumpkins on halloween


Some Light Reading

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Halloween is a holiday on the 31st of October that is celebrated in the US and is becoming increasingly popular in Europe. It is unclear exactly how this holiday started, but it is believed that on this day the souls of the dead returned to their homes, so people decided to dress up in scary costumes to warn off evil spirits.

In the past, Halloween wasn’t really celebrated in Europe. It was seen as just a day for young children to play “trick or treat” and get some candy. Nowadays it has become a popular celebration for children and adults alike. Many adults also get dressed up, go to Halloween-themed parties and fill their homes with spooky decorations.


Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary
  • spooky (adjective)
  • scary (adjective)
  • dress up (phrasal verb)
  • trick (noun)
  • treat (noun)
  • popularity (noun)
  • usually (adverb)
  • nowadays (adverb)
  • frighten (verb)

The Big Question

Try and have a conversation for 2-3 minutes answering the following question.
What do you do to celebrate halloween?

Keep The Conversation Going!

Keep the conversation going with these follow questions related to Halloween
  • Did you used to celebrate halloween when you were a child?
  • Do a lot of people celebrate halloween in your country?
  • What do you think of the popular game of "trick or treat" children like to play on this day?
  • Why do you think so many people like dressing up in scary costumes?
  • What is your favourite thing about halloween?
  • Do you know anyone who loves celebrating halloween?
  • Where would you rank halloween in a list of your favourite holidays?
  • If you were going to a fancy dress party for halloween what would you wear?
  • Do you think halloween costumes are becoming too realistic?
  • Do you think halloween could be an upsetting time for young children?

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