Learn English with The History Channel

Halloween History

Published: 10.24.2022
Level 3   |   Time: 2:15
Accent: American

The History Channel explores the origins and the history of Halloween.

triangle Directions 목표 Direcciones Instruções


    It is important to read the vocabulary before you watch the video. This will improve your ability to understand the video. It will also help you understand how the new vocabulary is used naturally.

  2. WATCH the VIDEO

    The first time you watch the video, just try to understand the overall situation.


    First try to answer all the questions from memory. Then rewatch the video and try to answer the questions that you missed.

  4. WATCH and READ the SCRIPT

    Watch the video again while you read the script. Reading and listening at the same time will help you hear each individual word and improve your listening accuracy.


    There are several different activities that focus on test preparation, vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure.


    Es importante leer el vocabulario antes de ver el video. Esto mejorará su capacidad para comprender el video. También le ayudará a comprender cómo se usa el nuevo vocabulario de forma natural.

  2. VER el VIDEO

    La primera vez que vea el video, intente comprender la situación general.


    Primero intente responder todas las preguntas de memoria. Luego, vuelva a ver el video e intente responder las preguntas que se perdió.


    Mire el video nuevamente mientras lee el guión. Leer y escuchar al mismo tiempo lo ayudará a escuchar cada palabra individual y mejorará su precisión auditiva.


    Hay una serie de actividades diferentes que se centran en la preparación de la examen, el vocabulario, la gramática y la estructura de las oraciones.

  1. 어휘 읽기

    비디오를 보기 전에 어휘와 배경을 읽는 것이 중요합니다. 이렇게 하면 비디오를 이해하는 능력이 향상됩니다. 또한 새로운 어휘가 어떻게 자연스럽게 사용되는지 이해하는데 도움이됩니다.

  2. 비디오 보기

    비디오를 처음 볼 때 전체 상황을 이해하려고 노력하세요.

  3. 문제에 답하기

    먼저 모든 질문에 답을 해보세요. 그런 다음 비디오를 다시보고 놓친 질문에 답해보세요.

  4. 비디오 보면서 대본 읽기

    대본을 읽는 동안 비디오를 다시 보세요. 읽기와 듣기를 동시에 하면 각각의 단어를 듣고, 듣기 정확도를 향상시킬 수 있습니다.

  5. 액티비티 하기

    듣기 정확도, 발음, 어휘, 문법 및 문장 구조에 초점을 맞춘 다양한 액티비티가 있습니다.


    É importante ler o vocabulário antes de assistir ao vídeo. Isso melhorará sua capacidade de entender o vídeo. Também ajudará você a entender como o novo vocabulário é usado naturalmente.


    Na primeira vez que assistir ao vídeo, tente entender a situação geral.


    Primeiro, tente responder a todas as perguntas de memória. Em seguida, assista novamente ao vídeo e tente responder às perguntas que você errou.


    Assista ao vídeo novamente enquanto lê o roteiro. Ler e ouvir ao mesmo tempo ajudará você a ouvir cada palavra individualmente e a melhorar sua precisão auditiva.


    Existem várias atividades diferentes que se concentram na preparação para o teste, vocabulário, gramática e estrutura de frases.

triangle Vocabulary 어휘 Vocabulário Vocabulario

  • ☐ ☐ ☐ trick-or-treating [n] - when children go from house to house wearing costumes asking for candy
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a parade [n] - a public event of people walking through streets that celebrates a special day [image] vocab image
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ bobbing for apples [exp] - trying to grab an apple with your mouth from a barrel of water [image] vocab image
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ Celtic [adj] - an ancient western European culture, often associated with Britain
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ roaming spirits [n] - free ghosts
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ keep (someone) at bay [exp] - stop someone from coming close
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ masks [n] - a covering for the face, used as a disguise, or to amuse or scare other people [image] vocab image
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ an eve [n] - an evening, a night
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ medieval [adj] - related to the Middle Ages (500 to 1450 AD)
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ the needy [n] - poor people
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ beg [v] - ask for something humbly
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a pastry [n] - sweet bread [image] vocab image
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ pray [v] - give thanks to or ask for something from God
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ relatives [n] - family members
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ dress up [phv] - put on a costume
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a costume [n] - a set of clothes worn in order to look like someone else, usually for a party or Halloween
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ offerings [n] - gifts
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ recite [v] - say from memory
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ revive [v] - bring back
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ pranks [n] - tricks, practical jokes, or mischievous acts
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ high jinks [n] - noisy and mischievous acts of fun
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a custom [n] - a tradition
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ annually [adv] - every year
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ trivia [n] - facts

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb,  [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression

triangle Questions 문제 Questões Preguntas (difficult)

  1. Halloween comes from an ancient _______ festival called Samhain.


  2. In Samhain, people believed that ______ returned as ghosts.

    the dead

  3. In Samhain, people offered _______ to the ghosts.

    food and wine

  4. In Samhain, people would wear ______ to disguise themselves from ghosts.


  5. In the 8th Century, All Saints Day was celebrated on ______.

    November 1st

  6. The original name of Halloween was ______.

    All Hallows' Eve

  7. Trick-or-treating, guising, and souling originated in ______.

    Medieval Britain

  8. In Souling, poor people would pray for ______ in exchange for pastries.

    people's dead relatives

  9. In guising, young people would dress up and sing in exchange for ______, ______, or ______.

    food, wine, money

  10. ______ and _______ immigrants brought these traditions to America.

    Irish, Scottish

  11. Originally, trick-or-treating was much more focused on (1) ______ than (2) ______.

    (1) the tricks, (2) the treats

  12. Trick-or-treating became a much more family-friendly holiday in ______.

    the 1950s

  13. US consumers spend more than 2.5 billion dollars on _______ each year.

    Halloween costumes

triangle Questions 문제 Questões Preguntas (easy)

  1. Halloween comes from an ancient _______ festival called Samhain.

  2. In Samhain, people believed that ______ returned as ghosts.
    the dead
    evil spirits

  3. In Samhain, people offered _______ and ______ to the ghosts.

  4. In Samhain, people would wear ______ to disguise themselves from ghosts.

  5. In the 8th Century, All Saints Day was celebrated on ______.
    October 1st
    October 30th
    October 31st
    November 1st

  6. The original name of Halloween was ______.
    All Saints Day
    All Hallows' Eve

  7. Trick-or-treating, guising, and souling originated in ______

  8. In Souling, poor people would pray for ______ in exchange for pastries.
    good luck
    a good harvest
    others' good health
    people's dead relatives

  9. In Guising, young people would dress up and sing in exchange for ______, ______, or ______.
    good luck
    protection from evil spirits

  10. ______ and _______ immigrants brought these traditions to America.

  11. Originally, trick-or-treating was much more focused on ______.
    the tricks than the treats
    the treats than the tricks

  12. Trick-or-treating became a much more family-friendly holiday ______.
    because of Halloween movies
    in the 1950s
    after 9-11
    in Europe

  13. US consumers spend more than 2.5 billion dollars on _______ each year.
    Halloween costumes
    Halloween parties
    Halloween tricks
    Halloween candy

triangle Sentence Building 문장 만들기 Construção de sentença Construcción de oraciones [ ? ]


This activity is designed to improve sentence accuracy and complexity. Most students can produce the key content words in a sentence. However, they have difficulty with accuracy because the functional words are difficult or can seem unimportant. This activity will help learners eliminate problems with these functional words by giving them immediate feedback on the mistakes they are making. It will also help students develop their use of more natural, varied and complex sentence structures.

TIP: Say the sentence out loud. Notice the types of mistake you make often. Focus on those types of errors. (singular/plural, subject-verb agreement, article use, prepositions, gerunds and infinitives, noun clauses, adjective clauses, word order, and word forms.)


Esta actividad está diseñada para mejorar la precisión y complejidad de las oraciones. La mayoría de los estudiantes pueden producir las palabras clave del contenido en una oración. Sin embargo, tienen dificultades con la precisión porque las palabras funcionales son difíciles o pueden parecer poco importantes. Esta actividad ayudará a los alumnos a eliminar problemas con estas palabras funcionales al brindarles retroalimentación inmediata sobre los errores que están cometiendo. También ayudará a los estudiantes a desarrollar su uso de estructuras de oraciones más naturales, variadas y complejas.

CONSEJO: Diga la oración en voz alta. Observe los tipos de errores que comete con frecuencia. Concéntrese en ese tipo de errores. (singular / plural, concordancia entre sujeto y verbo, uso del artículo, preposiciones, gerundios e infinitivos, cláusulas sustantivas, cláusulas adjetivas, orden de las palabras y formas de las palabras).


이 액티비티는 문장의 정확성과 복잡성을 개선하기 위해 고안되었습니다. 대부분의 학생들은 문장에서 핵심 내용 단어를 생성 할 수 있습니다. 그러나 기능적 단어가 어렵거나 중요하지 않은 것처럼 보일 수 있기 때문에 정확성에 어려움이 있습니다. 이 액티비티는 학습자가 실수에 대한 즉각적인 피드백을 제공함으로써 이러한 기능적 단어의 문제를 제거하는 데 도움이 됩니다. 또한 학생들이 보다 자연스럽고 다양하며 복잡한 문장 구조를 사용하는 데 도움이 됩니다.

팁 : 문장을 크게 말하세요. 자주 저지르는 실수 유형과, 이러한 유형의 오류에 집중하세요. (단수 / 복수, 주어-동사 일치, 관사 사용, 전치사, 동명사 및 부정사, 명사절, 형용사절, 어순 및 단어 형태)


Esta atividade foi desenvolvida para melhorar a precisão e a complexidade das frases. A maioria dos alunos pode produzir as palavras-chave do conteúdo em uma frase. No entanto, eles têm dificuldade com precisão porque as palavras funcionais são difíceis ou podem parecer sem importância. Esta atividade ajudará os alunos a eliminar problemas com essas palavras funcionais, dando-lhes feedback imediato sobre os erros que estão cometendo. Também ajudará os alunos a desenvolver o uso de estruturas de sentenças mais naturais, variadas e complexas.

DICA: Diga a frase em voz alta. Observe os tipos de erro que você comete com frequência. Concentre-se nesses tipos de erros. (singular/plural, concordância sujeito-verbo, uso de artigos, preposições, gerúndios e infinitivos, cláusulas substantivas, cláusulas adjetivas, ordem das palavras e formas das palavras.)

Directions: Write sentences about the video clip using the words given. You can change the word form or add words, but you cannot change the word order.

Instrucciones: Escriba oraciones sobre el videoclip usando las palabras dadas. Puede cambiar la forma de la palabra o agregar palabras, pero no puede cambiar el orden de las palabras.

Instrucciones: Escreva orações sobre o videoclipe usando as palavras-chave. Você pode alterar a forma da palavra ou adicionar palavras, mas não pode alterar a ordem das palavras.

지시 : 주어진 단어를 사용하여 비디오 클립에 대한 문장을 씁니다. 어형을 변경하거나 단어를 추가할 수 있지만 어순은 변경할 수 없습니다.

Sentence 1

Halloween / start / 2,000 / year / ago / with / ancient / Celtic / festival / know / Samhain

Halloween started 2,000 years ago with the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain.

Sentence 2

although / Samhain / celebrate / November / 1 / people / would / wear / mask / night / before / that / they / not / mistake / ghost

Although Samhain was celebrated on November 1st, people would wear masks on the night before so that they would not be mistaken for ghosts.

Sentence 3

Christian / Church / change / Samhain / All Hallows / 8 / century / and / night / before / become / All Hallows Eve

The Christian Church changed Samhain into All Hallows in the 8th century, and the night before became All Hallows Eve.

Sentence 4

souling / be / pray / people / dead / relative / exchange / pastry

Souling [was/is] praying for people's dead relatives in exchange for pastries.

Sentence 5

guising / be / dress / up / costume / and / sing / or / tell / joke / exchange / food / wine / money

Guising [was/is] dressing up in costumes and singing or telling jokes in exchange for food, wine, and money.

Sentence 6

in / 19 / century / Irish / Scottish / immigrant / bring / this / tradition / America / and / create / trick-or-treating

In the 19th century, Irish and Scottish immigrants brought these traditions to America and created trick-or-treating.

Sentence 7

first / trick-or-treating / far / more / focus / trick / but / it / become / more / family-friend / kid-center / holiday / 1950s

At first, trick-or-treating was far more focused on the tricks, but it became a more family-friendly (and) kid-centered holiday in the 1950s.

Sentence 8

it / estimate / American / spend / than / six / billion / dollar / Halloween / annual

It is estimated (that) Americans spend more than six billion dollars on Halloween annually.

triangle Discussion 논의 Questões de discussão Discusión

  1. What information from the video did you already know? What information was new for you?
  2. Does/Did your country have any similar traditions to Samhain, related to evil spirits and protection from ghosts? How do/did you protect yourself?
  3. Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever seen a ghost?
  4. Did you ever dress up for Halloween as a child? What was your costume?
  5. Have you ever dressed up for Halloween as an adult? What was your costume?
  6. Will you celebrate Halloween this year? How?
  7. At what age should children be allowed to go trick-or-treating without an adult? Do you think this is safe?

triangle Script 대본 Roteiro Texto

When most people think of Halloween, they think of trick-or-treating, parades, bobbing for apples, and other family-friendly activities. But bet you didn't know the true story behind the ancient origins of Halloween.

It all goes back some 2,000 years to the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain, celebrated on November 1st. On the night before Samhain, people believed that the dead returned as ghosts. They would leave food and wine on their doorsteps to keep roaming spirits at bay and wear masks when they left the house so they would be mistaken for fellow ghosts.

The Christian Church turned Samhain into All Saints Day or All Hallows in the 8th Century. The night before became All Hallows Eve, later shortened to Halloween.

You've heard of trick-or-treating on Halloween, but what about souling or guising. All three of these traditions originated in medieval Britain.

On All Souls Day November 2nd, the needy would beg for pastries known as soul cakes. In return, they would pray for people's dead relatives. This was called souling.

In the medieval Halloween tradition of guising, young people would dress up in costumes and accept food, wine, money, and other offerings in exchange for singing, reciting poetry, or telling jokes.

In the 19th century, America Irish and Scottish immigrants revived these old traditions. The result was trick-or-treating. At first, it was much more about the tricks in the form of pranks and high jinks than the treats.

It wasn't until the 1950s that the custom took on its current family-friendly kid-centered form.

Today Halloween is big business with US consumers spending more than 2.5 billion on costumes annually. Add in the candy, and it's estimated that Americans spend up to 6 billion on Halloween each year, making it the second most commercial holiday after Christmas.

So whether you're a fan of tricks, treats, or trivia, there's a bit of Halloween history.

We bet you didn't know!