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.
|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|
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.|
Figure resembling a scarecrow which is used to scare
people at Halloween.
Scarecrows are normally used in fields to frighten away birds (crows).
|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.|
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