History of Halloween
1. What do you know about Halloween? How did it start? What do people do? Try this quiz, Read the sentences and decide if they are true or false.

True or False?
1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) 10) Halloween is traditionally celebrated on the night of 31st October, the night before All Saint’s Day. In England Halloween was called ‘All Hallow’s Eve’. On Halloween night all evil spirits stayed at home. Halloween is based on an ancient Celtic holiday and the name ‘Halloween’ means ‘Winter’s End’. In past times people put lamps or lanterns outside their houses to keep away evil spirits. People believed that witches, ghosts and goblins went around at night looking for a living body! On Halloween people dressed up as ghosts and witches so that the spirits would not steal their body! Nowadays people put pumpkins with faces in their houses. The pumpkin is sometimes called the ‘Jack-o-lantern’. ‘Trick or treat’ is a game children play at Halloween to play jokes (trick) or get sweets (treat).


Now find these Halloween words!

Contributed by Sue Clarke
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