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It's Halloween!!!


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  • 1. Halloween 2012! Traditions in the U.S. and a history of Halloween
  • 2. Where does Halloween come from?
  • 3. Why do we celebrate Halloween? • The history of Halloween begins about 2000 years ago! • It begins with an ancient Celtic tradition called Samhain (pronounced sow-in) celebrated on November 1st. • The Celts were a group of people who lived in the area that is now Ireland and Great Britain.
  • 4. What was Samhain?
  • 5. Samhain? • Samhain was a festival that celebrated the end of summer and the start of winter. • On the night of October 31st the Celtic people believed ghosts of the dead returned to earth! • The Celts wore masks and costumes so the ghosts couldn’t recognize them!
  • 6. Celtic people wearing masks
  • 7. Samhain becomes Halloween!
  • 8. Samhain becomes Halloween • In the 8th century a catholic Pope changed Samhain to All Saints Day or “All Hallows Day.” • The word “All Hallows” comes from an old English word that meant All Saints.
  • 9. All Hallows (old English) = All Saints
  • 10. • The day before was called All Hallows Eve. (“Eve” means the day before) • It’s easy to see how All Hallows Eve became Halloween.
  • 11. All Hallows All Hallow’s Eve Halloween!
  • 12. Halloween and the United States
  • 13. How did Halloween come to the United States? • During the 1800's a lot new immigrants came to the U.S. • Many of these immigrants were Irish, who brought the celebration of Halloween with them. • The old traditions of the Irish mixed with the new American traditions and the result was Halloween!
  • 14. A short video of Halloween´s history!
  • 15. How do Americans celebrate Halloween? • How Americans celebrate depends on their age. • As children, we dress up in scary or funny costumes and go to different houses in our neighborhood.
  • 16. Some examples of costumes in the U.S.
  • 17. Then we go “trick or treating” • “Trick or treating” is what we do after we put on our costumes! • We go around our neighborhood and knock on all the doors. • We say “trick or treat!?”
  • 18. Trick or Treat?
  • 19. What does “trick or treat?” mean? • A “trick” is an unfriendly game, or prank, one person plays on another person. • A “treat” can be a piece of candy or anything sweet. • When kids say “trick or treat?” they are asking for a treat or they’ll play a trick on you!
  • 20. Kids trick or treating
  • 21. Candy!!!
  • 22. How much candy can you get? • Many children have contests with each other to see who can get the most candy. • It depends a lot on how good their costume is. • The better the costume, the more candy someone will give you!
  • 23. Halloween for teenagers and adults! • Teenagers and adults also celebrate Halloween in the U.S. • They dress up in costumes too! • But they don’t go “trick or treating” • They go to parties with friends!
  • 24. Halloween is very popular in the U.S. • Halloween is a very big business in the U.S. • Americans spend over 6 billion dollars every year on Halloween. Wow. That’s a lot. • Over one quarter (25%) of all candy sold is bought on Halloween!
  • 25. Games!
  • 26. What games do we play? • The most common activity on Halloween is pumpkin carving! • Normally, kids and adults carve scary faces or designs into pumpkins and put a light inside them. • Then they put the pumpkins outside their door on Halloween night!
  • 27. Carved pumpkins
  • 28. Normally, when you see a pumpkin outside a house you know they are giving out candy!
  • 29. Bobbing for apples? • A large tub or bucket is filled with water. • Apples are put into the water. • Apples float! • You have to catch an apple using only your mouth and teeth!
  • 30. Apple bobbing
  • 31. Haunted houses! • Another fun Halloween activity is going to haunted houses. • These are houses built especially for scaring visitors. • Most of these houses operate automatically. • But….
  • 32. My favorite haunted house is at Universal Studios in California!!
  • 33. Scary movies! • Americans love scary movies. • We often watch scary movies on Halloween night to scare ourselves! • Some of my favorites are….
  • 34. Halloween: 1978
  • 35. Sleepy Hollow: 1999
  • 36. The end….. BOOO!