On October 31, Americans celebrate Halloween.
Halloween means “holy” (hallow) “evening” (een). This is the evening before the
Christian holy day of All Saints Day. On All Saints Day, Christians remember the
Saints but Halloween is even older than Christianity.
Before Christianity, people in Europe believed that on October 31
and were very noisy. They also made big fires to keep the ghosts away. Later,
people did not believe in ghosts, but they kept the day of Halloween for fun.
Immigrants came from Europe to America and brought with them the
jack-o’-lantern in the window. The jack-o’-lantern is to scare the ghosts.
People cut the pumpkin, throw away all of the inside, and cut a face in it.
Then they put a candle inside of it.
Jack-o’-lantern usually look scary, too !
Today, in the United States, Halloween is very popular with the children.
look like skeletons and ghosts.
Then they go from house to house and say “ Trick or treat! “. People give them candies,
__ 1. On October 31, Americans celebrate
__ 2. In the past people made fires to keep
the ghosts away.
__ 3. Halloween came from Europe.
__ 4. The jack-o’-lantern is a kind of special
pumpkin to eat.
__ 5. On Halloween children wear special
masks and costumes because they
want to look like skeletons and ghosts
__ 6. Children go from party to party and
__ 7. On Halloween children say:
“Trick or fun”.
Answer the questions.
1. When do people celebrate Halloween ?
2. Why did people dress like devils ?
3. Why did people keep the day of Halloween ?
4. What do people put inside the pumpkin with
the cutting face ? ______________________________
5. Where do they put the jack-o’-lantern ?
6. Why do they use the lantern ?
7. What do people give the children when
they go from house to house ?