Halloween – Life in the UK – Online English Lessons

Halloween is the night of the 31st October.

It’s a popular festival in the UK and it has its origins in in the ancient Irish festival of Samhain which marked the last day of the Celtic year.

According to tradition, ghosts and witches return to the earthly world and are very active on Halloween.

People believed that if they dressed up as ghosts and witches and made themselves look just like one of these spirits, they would not be recognized or harmed by them.

On Halloween, people still dress up in costumes to try and frighten each other.

They dress up as things like ghosts, witches and skeletons; and nocturnal animals such as bats and cats.

People also decorate their houses with jack-o’-lanterns. A jack-o’-lantern is a lantern made from a hollowed-out pumpkin with holes carved into it to look like a human face. People put lit candles inside their pumpkins (see the photo above).

Some children go trick-or-treating on Halloween. They dress up in costumes and go from house to house asking for treats such as sweets or candy. If a treat isn’t given the children might play a trick on the homeowner or their house.

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