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 ENGLISH  VOCABULARY

Halloween



Halloween  is  a  holiday celebrated on October 31, the last day of October when,  according to Christian  tradition,  the spirits of the dead  return to where  they lived,  and witches and demons become active. To celebrate, children and adults dress in scary costumes (ghosts, witches, etc) and  children go from house to house saying: "Trick or Treat"  which means :
  "Give us a snack (sweets or candy) or we'll play a trick on you.".
Halloween is traditionally celebrated in Ireland, and was introduced by Irish immigrants to other countries, essentially the UK and the USA.

Word

Meaning

bat Small mouse-like animal that flies at night
carve Cut with a large knife in order to form something, for example a scary face in a pumpkin
bobbing for apples A traditional Halloween game : apples are put in a barrel of water and people try to remove them using only their mouths.
costume Scary clothing or disguises worn at Halloween
costume party A party or gathering where everyone dresses in scary costumes
ghost Spirit of a dead person.
At Halloween, ghosts are usually dressed in white sheets.
ghoul In stories : a spirit that robs graves and eats the bodies.
goblin Small ugly creature that plays tricks on people.
haunted Inhabited or visited by ghosts, usually a house or a castle.
jack-o-lantern Scary faces are carved out of pumpkins and candles are placed inside.  These are called 'jack-o-lanterns' and are made at Halloween to scare away evil spirits.
mask Covering for the face worn as a disguise
pumpkin Large round orange-coloured vegetable used at Halloween to make lanterns.
scarecrow Figure resembling a scarecrow which is used to scare people at Halloween.
Scarecrows are normally used in fields to frighten away birds (crows).
scary Frightening
skeleton The bones of the body
skull The bones of the head
spider Small crab-like insect with 8 legs.
warlock A sorcerer or wizard; a man with magic powers, usually evil.
witch An ugly woman, wearing a black cloak and pointed hat, thought to have evil powers.

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Useful websites :
British Council : Halloween activities
Free Halloween activities for kids
Free Halloween games and activities
Halloween printables for kids
Halloween for kids and teachers
Halloween Resources - OneStopEnglish