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ELC Los Angeles English Vocabulary Lesson – Halloween! October 19th, 2016

Halloween is just around the corner. You know what that means? Costumes, candies, witches, and ghosts. Each year on October 31, people all over the United States celebrate Halloween. Children and adults alike dress in costumes and attend parties, visit haunted houses, and eat plenty of Halloween candy. Although we see Halloween as a fun time, it wasn’t always perceived that way. In fact, Halloween wasn’t always celebrated in the United States. American colonists are responsible for initially bringing Halloween here – the celebration evolved out of Samhain (the end of harvest season).

Candy Corns: Triangle shaped candy that is a sweet replicate of dried corn kernels

Halloween candy candy corn












Halloween Costumes: Children and adults alike dress up on the day of Halloween. Some dress up as monsters, witches, animals, or supernatural creatures. They go treat-or-tricking or/and to parties in their costumes!

Halloween costumes

Haunted house: form of entertainment that simulates the experience of entering a haunted location that might be inhabited by ghosts, monsters, witches, serial killers, or humorous characters.

Haunted skeletons: human or animal skeletons that are haunted by ghosts. They are staple items used to decorate during halloween.

Jack-o’-Lantern: a carved pumpkin with a cut-out of a monstrous or comical face. The Irish brought the tradition of carving pumpkins into Jack O’Lanterns to America. However, the original Jack O’Lantern was not a pumpkin. Pumpkins did not exist in Ireland. Instead, ancient Celtic cultures in Ireland carved turnips on All Hallow’s Eve, and placed an ember in them, to ward off evil spirits.

Halloween jack o lanterns

Pumpkin patches: Pumpkin farms open up their farms to the public during the month of October and have pony rides, petting zoo and patches of pumpkins where people can pick and choose different pumpkins to buy for their jack-o’-lantern.

Halloween pumpkin patch

Trick-or-Treat!: Children in costume travel from house to house asking for treats with the phrase “Trick or treat.” The word “trick” is used to threaten to perform on the home owners if no treat is given.

Halloween trick or treat

Vampires: A superstitious nocturnal undead beings that lives by feeding on human blood. Many people dress up as the famous Count Dracula during this time of the year.