October 31st is Hallowe’en , and you can expect to meet witches and ghosts all over Britain and the USA on that night. Hallowe’en is an old word for ‘ Hallows Evening’, the night before ‘ All Hallows’ or ‘ All Saints’ Day’.
On that night one night of the year, ghosts and witches are free. Well, that’s the traditional story. A long time ago people were afraid and stayed at home on Hallowe’en. But now in Britain and the USA it’s a time for fun. There are always a lot of parties on October 31st . At these parties people wear masks and they dress as ghosts and witches, or as Dracula or Frankenstein’s monster. And some people make special Hallowe’en lamps from a large vegetable – the pumpkin.
First they take out the middle of the pumpkin. Then they cut holes for the eyes, nose and mouth. Finally they put a candle inside the pumpkin and put it in the window. Such a lamp is called a jack o’lantern.
In the evening you may hear a knock on your door. Outside there are children dressed as ghosts and witches, holding a bag. They shout , ‘ Trick or treat’! Give them a piece of candy or they may put soap on your window or throw an egg or some flour at the house.
One Halloween party game is called ‘ bobbing for apples’. Many apples fall off the trees in autumn so they are easy to find. Someone puts some apples in a big bowl of water. The apples stay on top of the water. The first player often puts something over their eyes so they cannot see. They must keep their hands behind their back and take an apple out of the water with their teeth. Then the next player tries. It can be very difficult and players usually get very wet.
Written by: Anna Pędziwiatr