The pagans who lived in Britain two thousand years ago celebrated their New Year on 1 November. Then the Christians came and people celebrated Hallowmas, a three-day festival between 31 October and 2 November. 31 October was called All Hallow's Eve and slowly the name changed to Halloween.
In November, winter is near, and hundreds of years ago people thought that bad spirits, like ghosts, came in the winter. They wanted the bad spirits to go away, so they made fires outside and made jack o'lanterns. To do this they took a big autumn vegetable - usually a pumpkin - and cut off the top. They made a big hole inside the pumpkin and cut a face in the side. Then they put a light inside the pumpkin and put the top on again. People still enjoy doing this today. You can see jack o'lanterns, with their bright eyes and mouths, outside at Halloween.
To keep the bad spirits away people also dressed like witches and ghosts. Children still do this if they go to Halloween parties. People often put up decorations for Halloween parties, and play games. The decorations are usually black (for dark nights and death) and orange (for autumn vegetables).
One Halloween party game is called 'bobbing for apples'. Many apples fall off the trees in autumn so they are easy to find. Someone puts some apples in a big bowl of water. The apples stay on top of the water. The first player often puts something over their eyes so they cannot see. They must keep their hands behind their back and take an apple out of the water with their teeth. Then the next player tries. It can be very difficult and players usually get very wet!
In Canada and the USA, and in some other English-speaking countries, children go 'trick or treating'. They dress like witches and ghosts, and go, often in a small group, to the houses of people who live near them. When someone answers the door, the children say: 'Trick or treat?' Then the person in the house must decide. Either they give the children a treat - something nice, like fruit or chocolate - or the children play a trick on them. For a trick, the children do something bad like throw an egg or some flour at the house!
Your Weekly Plan this week is a combination of Cinema,English, andHalloween! You have two FUN activities to do:
1. Guess the Movie.Break the emoji code to find out the titles of different famous movies! You may ask your family for help. Write the answers in your notebook.
2. Haunted House - Prepositions of Place. Follow the instructions on the paper. All the Halloween items must be in the house. You need to write 8 sentences on the worksheet. You can color the house when you finish.
-Research on the Internet and answer the
about you and the movie you like the most
theanswers in a Google Drive
-AFTERyou are finished, you can add pictures, color, a title…
only use6 slidesfor the
presentation. (4 for the answers, 1 for the title slide, and 1 more to be
when you have the FINAL
presentation, please share it with me in Google Drive😊
answer these questions
(approx. 4-6 sentences each):
What is your favorite movie? When was
it made? What genre is it? (action, romantic, comedy, thriller…) What is it about?
Who are the main characters in the
movie? Please describe the protagonist. Did any of the actors win an Oscar
for their role in the movie?
Was your movie shot with a digital or
film camera? Is it an animated movie? Did they use a Chroma Key or any
other special effects to make the movie?
Why do you like the movie so much?
What is the movie’s important message? Use one adjective to describe the
movie. (suspenseful, scary, thrilling, funny…) You can look at a dictionary if you would like.