1. Read the spooky trivia and the spooky superstitions texts quickly, ignoring the gaps. Which three words from exercises 1 and 2 is NOT in the texts? 2. Complete the spooky trivia and spooky superstitions with the words in the box. shoulder window candles death dead spirit sweets bonfire floor path
Spooky Trivia Orange and black are Halloween colours because orange is associated with the Autumn and black is associated with darkness and (1) ___ .
Spooky superstitions In the Middle Ages people thought black cats were connected to evil. Since then, it is considered bad luck if a black cat crosses your (6) ___.
Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed (2) ___ in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts. Halloween didn’t originate in the USA. It was brought there by immigrants from Europe. They celebrated the harvest around a (3) ___ , telling ghost stories, singing and dancing.
You will have bad luck if an owl looks in your (7) ___ or if you see one in the daylight.
People used to believe that salt had magical powers. It is very bad luck to spill salt. But don’t worry – you can stop the bad luck by throwing a pinch of salt over your (8) ___ . Some people believe that sparrows carry the
Sales of Halloween (4) ___ average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.
souls of the (9) ___ . If you kill a sparrow you will have bad luck.
The film “Halloween” was made in only 21 days in 1978 on a very limited budget. If you see a spider on Halloween, it is the (5) ___ of a loved one watching over you.
Lots of people are afraid of the number 13 and try to avoid it in a number of ways. Some buildings do not have an official 13th (10) ___ and many people avoid travelling on Friday the 13th.
Exercise 1 scary, vampire, witch
Exercise 2 1. death 2. candles 3. bonfire 4. sweets 5. spirit 6. path 7. window 8. shoulder 9. dead 10. floor