Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Here's a video from on the origins of HALLOWEEN. BOO! Do you know how wearing costumes, lighting a jack-o-lantern, and going trick or treating all got started? Well, check out the video, then see if you can hear the vocabulary mentioned below.

Some sentences and phrases you will hear from the video:
  • On a day when so many spirits LURKED (wait quietly & secretly)
  • Druid priests tried to FORETELL (predict) whether their villages would survive the winter.
  • disguised themselves to REPELL (push back, drive away) and confuse the spirits
  • The Celts' demonic disguises became the SINISTER (evil, wicked) costumes of modern Halloween.
  • By the early part of the 20th century, Halloween was GAINING A FOOTHOLD (achieving a secure foundation) as an American institution.
  • It's a day to step into costumes, GORGE (eat a lot) on sweets, THROW GHOULISH GALAS (have scary parties), and scare ourselves silly.

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