Getting ready for HalloweenWritten by Scott Dreyer
Halloween is an American holiday that comes on October 31. Unlike the major holidays of, say, Thanksgiving or Christmas, where schools and businesses are closed, this is a smaller holiday like Valentine's Day. Much to kids' disappointment, schools are in session on Halloween.
Mums and pumpkins for sale
Pumpkins and gourds for sale
Pumpkins for sale
Carving the Jack-o-Lantern
Ready for Halloween!
Learn more about the origins of Halloween in this video. You can also learn more about the history of the Jack-o-Lantern here.
Today some homeowners decorate their homes for the holiday. For most people, a Jack-o-Lantern or scarecrow are enough, but some decorations are downright spooky. In addition to decorating, many homeowners buy a few bags of candy to give out to children who may come to their door. On Halloween, often starting an hour or two before dark, children go door to door and yell "trick or treat!" Most parents prefer to go with their children, especially young children,and only go to homes where they know the residents. Coming home after trick or treating and dumping out all the candy on the floor or table to see how much "loot" they got is a joy for children on the night of October 31.
A recent alternative to Halloween and Trick-or-Treating is "Trunk-or-Treating." This celebration, usually held in a church parking lot, involves people decorating the back of their car ("the trunk") and parking their cars in neat rows, with the trunks all facing the same direction. The children still dress up, but instead of going door to door, which involves walking on dark streets and maybe going to strangers' homes, this is all in one place, a church parking lot. Plus, Trunk or Treating is with people you know, so many see it as a safer and more wholesome alternative to the traditional Halloween celebrations.
Trunk or Treating
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A licensed teacher in the US state of Virginia since 1987, Scott Dreyer has been helping Chinese speakers improve their English since 1989. Dreyer lived in Taiwan from 1989-1999 where he learned Mandarin, met his wife, started his family, and realized he loved working with Chinese students. He became an award-winning author and started teaching ESL online in 2008. Dreyer and his wife and their four adult children make their home in the beautiful Roanoke Valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.dreyercoaching.com/en/about/scott-dreyer
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