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     Halloween is a yearly festival. Most people celebrate this day on the night of 31 October ( the night before All Saints Day ).

    It is the one of the oldest holidays still celebrated and is a contracted form of the phrase All Hallows' Evening, also known as All Saints Day.

    It is believed that the history of Halloween stems from a pagan holiday and has its roots in the Celtic Festival of Samhain.

    The pagan Celts believed that on that night, the boundary between the world of the living and the dead overlapped.

    According to their beliefs, the souls of the dead roamed the streets and villages at night.

    The medieval festival of Samhain ( Samhain literally means summer's end ) was the beginning of the Celtic New Year. It was the biggest and most significant holiday.

    Today, Halloween is the time of pumpkins, ghosts, monsters and other scary things. Dressing in costumes is one of the most popular Halloween customs.

    Children, and also many adults, dress in costumes as witches, ghosts, vampires or other supernatural beings and they go from house to house, asking for treats.

    They knock on doors and say : ' trick or treat '.

    ' Trick or treat ' is a term stemming from the Middle Ages and means - ' give us a treat or we'll pull a prank on you ' . So, people usually give out candy.

       Many people carve Jack - o' - lanterns out of pumpkins. The original Jack O' Lantern was not a pumpkin. He was a man named Jack and was a notorious drunkard and trickster. He was so wicked that neither God or the Devil wanted him.

     To kids, Halloween is seen as one of the best holidays.


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    1. When is Halloween celebrated?

    2. Halloween is a contracted form of the phrase .

    3. What is Samhain and how does it relate to Halloween? .

    4. Samhain festival was popularized as the .

    5. The Celts believed that .

    6. Who or what returned to earth on October 31? .

    7. Jack - o' - lantern it is a light made from a .

    8. Why do they say ' trick or treat ' on Halloween? .

    9. The saying ' trick or treats' comes from .

    10. What is the meaning of ' trick or treat ' ? .

    11. Who was the original Jack O'Lantern? He was a .

    12. What do children say when they knock on doors on Halloween? .

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