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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?

      They lit bonfires to scare the dead away.

                                                     They wore very thin clothes
                                                     They gathered in their houses and had a big meal.


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

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.