Halloween History

NatGeo  Video activity    3.12 minutes


Halloween isn't just costumes and candy; it's a cultural holiday rich in tradition.   How much do you know about its origins?

Watch the video clip and answer the following questions.






1.According to the narration Halloween is a...
(a)  patchwork holiday    (b)religious holiday     (c)cultural holiday

2.The Samhain Festival celebrated...
(a)  the spread of the Celts culture across Europe.   (b)the death of the living.
(c)the end of the harvest season.

3.At that time it was supposed that the veil between death and life was at its...
(a)  darkest   (b) thinnest    (c) best

4.The Catholic church frowned on the pagan rituals, which means that...
(a)  it accepted them.  (b)it didn't approve of them.   (c)it ignored them.

5.The church merged the holiday with a religious date, All Saints Day, in the...
(a) 5th century   (b) 6th century   (c) 7th century

6.Halloween came to the United States...
(a)  with Irish immigrants escaping from poverty.    (b)with Irish immigrants looking for the potato famine.   (c)with Irish immigrants who wanted to conquer America.

7.Over the years the innocent tricks...
(a)  became extinct    (b) became more popular.    (c) became extorsions.

8.So the neighbours started to give ... to stop the tricks.
(a)  apples   (b) money   (c) bribes




Do They Know It's Halloween?




Video activity  - Song 

This is a song and music video put out from The North American Halloween Prevention Initiative. Famous bands and musicians have taken part. Among them: Arcade Fire, Beck, Sonic Youth, and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Complete the blanks in the song with a term from boxes A and B. Then watch the clip and check your work.

A.
WORLD    AFRAID    NIGHT   PARENTS   TONIGHT   MISTAKE   HELP   CONCERN    FEAR   WORSE   BOYS  STREETS   SKIN
 





Once a year on a spooky  (1)_____________

It's Halloween.....and what a fright

Young (2)______________ and ghouls in ghoulish disguise

They cover their (3)_____________, conceal their eyes

A grave (4)______________ to be out when the ghosts are about

It's Halloween, our time to be (5) ________________

In the rest of the (6)________________, they don't observe


 

This bash which has become our biggest (7)_________________

Lativia, Laos, Chad, Peru. We need their (8)____________ or else we're through

They don't know the (9)________________ we endure once a year . All Halloween--- we are afraid

CHORUS: Do they know it's Halloween  (10)________________?

October 31, could it get any (11)________________?

Children on (12)______________, begging for treats

Drowning in a bucket of apples bobbing. Our (13)_______________ are hiding, our babies are sobbing.


B.
TREE    ORANGE    RETURNED  MORE   SWEETS    KNOW
MEANING  SICK  DOGS   HEAR  SAVE     NIGHT  TEAM




The undead have (14)______________. They are freaking us out

Dragging us out, so we shout, "Help us! Help us! (15)___________ our souls!"

We're dying of fear, and they don't even (16)_____________ it.

They think we’ve got it all

What we need is a (17)_____________ to help us forget, forget Halloween

Fools! You think you can stop Halloween?

The world can't (18)______________ your useless plea

It's too late. Our (19)_________________ and back plague will soon consume them all

Then everyone will understand the true (20)______________ of Halloween----pure horror!

WE WANT CANDY! WE WANT CANDY! WE WANT CANDY! WE WANT CANDY!

We're all fed up, we've had enough, enough, enough, enough, enough.
Trick! Caramel apples that make you (21)_________________

Treat! All those (22)______________ will rot your teeth


Ouji board, ouija board----spell this! We don't want you here no (23)______________.
spell this

The writing's on the tombstone beneath the willow (24)________________
 
No more razorblades in our kids' candy.

Dead (25)________________ and broomsticks, pumpkins aflame

We're ending this (26)_________________, ending this shame

CHORUS: Do they know it's Halloween?