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The History of Halloween

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Watch the video and�tick the correct answers to�the following questions.

������������������������������������������ 1 How long have Halloween traditions been around?

For 180 years������� For centuries��������� For 100 years

2 Where did the Celts live?

In Africa������� In Asia������������� In Europe

3 What did the Celts celebrate on Oct 31st?

The end of the harvest season������������ Christmas������� Halloween

4 What did the Celt do on Samhain?

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5 What was the original name of All Saints� Day?

Halloween�������������� Holy Night��������������� Hallowmas

6 When was Halloween imported to America?

In the 1840s��������� In the 1930s�������������� In the 1940s

7 Which of the following was not a Halloween custom in those days?

Bobbing apples���������� Trick-or-treating�������������� Playing tricks

8 When did Halloween become dangerous?

In the 1920s������������������ In the 1930s�������������� In the 1940s

9 How long has �Trick-or-Treat� been a holiday greeting?

For about 90 years������������ For about 80 years����������� For about 70 years

Halloween Vocabulary
Halloween is associated with lots of scary animals, characters. Read the definitions and fill in the crossword.
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1 a small animal like a mouse with wings that flies at night

2 a bird with a flat face, large eyes, and strong curved nails, which hunts small mammals at night

3 a small dark four-legged furry animal with a tail and claws, usually kept as a pet or for catching mice

4 a light made from a hollow�pumpkin with holes cut into the sides like the eyes and mouth of a person's face, inside of which there is a candle

5 the frame of bones supporting a human or animal body
6 an evil spirit

7 a dead body, usually of a person

8 a reptile with a long cylindrical body and no legs

9 a small insect-like creature with eight thin legs which catches other insects in a web

What spooky Halloween figures do the following definitions refer to?

A is the spirit of a dead person, sometimes represented as a pale, almost transparent image

A is a dead person who comes back to life and sucks blood from other people at night

A is someone who changes into a wolf at the time of the full moon�

A is a woman who has magical powers

A is an evil spirit that eats dead bodies

A�is a female spirit in traditional Irish stories whose crying sound tells you that someone in your family is going to die

A is a reanimated human corpse

Now match the figures with their images.
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