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Halloween is celebrated every year on October 31st. Many people in countries all over the world celebrate this holiday. Let’s learn some more about this spooky holiday in a Halloween lesson for ESL learners. There’s a reading activity, vocabulary, practice questions, and a video to follow along with.
Many people like to wear a costume on Halloween. Some people just like to wear a mask. Here are some other common costumes: alien, ghost, monster, mummy, skeleton, vampire, werewolf, witch, zombie.
On Halloween, children love to go trick-or-treating. They dress up in a costume and go out with friends and parents. They walk around their neighborhood and knock on doors.
People give them a treat, such as candy. Or, the children may play a trick, such as TP’ing a house.
Many people like to decorate their home for Halloween. Some people put decorations on the front lawn, while others decorate the inside of their house – even the bathroom. A common Halloween decoration is made with a pumpkin. You cut a face in the pumpkin and put a candle inside. This is called a jack-o-lantern. Some jack-o-lanterns are scary, while others are funny.
Around Halloween, some people like to go to a haunted house. This is a place where you can go to be frightened. Inside, people may grab you or chase you around. It can be very scary, so it might not be good for children.
You can also enjoy a haunted hayride. A big group can go on one together, and you may see some scary things. Of course, some people will try to freak you out.
Another fun thing to do for Halloween is walk through a corn maze. It’s a fun activity for families. Some of these can be very difficult, so you might get lost!
Having a party on Halloween is also very popular, especially for college students and young adults. Some common snacks include candy corn and candied apples, and people like to drink apple cider as well. A fun game you can play at a party is bobbing for apples. Try to get an apple out of the bucket with your mouth!
Now that you’ve read about Halloween and learned some useful vocabulary, try to answer these questions:
Practice your listening skills by following this video with the story you just read. Try to watch it a few times so you can read along to practice your pronunciation: