Halloween: Love it or hate it, should we celebrate it?
It’s a huge holiday in America, and each year also Australians seem to get more and more into it.
Read this article from the Herald Sun. Practice your English talking about the “Trick or Treat” tradition.
Halloween is a great excuse to meet your neighbours. Good old custom, that’s what Halloween is all about. And the odd or 2 and awesome dress ups. Yes, I’m a fan of Halloween, and I’m proud of it.
I was 14 the first time I celebrated Halloween, at my uncle’s wedding. At the reception (which was hosted at a house), when the adults were all having a hoot of a time, the kids all decided to do some DIY entertainment via a Halloween night out. We wandered around the neighbourhood following the “Trick or Treat” tradition we’d seen on many an American TV sitcom. Some homes were prepared for our knock (and greeted us with all sorts of lollies). Others weren’t – but they still played along and gave us some toothpaste (honestly!). We had a great time, met some new friends, and were only mildly for leaving the reception without alerting adults to our whereabouts. Whoops. Lesson learnt.
Now that I’ve got kids of my own, we continue the fun as a family. And I think there are many benefits of Halloween, namely:
1. It creativity
Choosing or creating the dress-up costume helps spark kids’ creative cells. Making a witches hat out of cardboard or a ghost costume out of pillowcases shows kids that you don’t need to buy everything, it’s much more fun to make things.
2. It fosters ingenuity
The kids have to prepare a of their own ‘tricks’ that they can pull out of their pumpkin if they are challenged to do so. Jokes, stories, card-tricks … good old fashioned DIY entertainment.
3. It builds self-confidence
The ability to introduce yourself to neighbours, demonstrate your manners (regardless of the trick or treat outcome) is an important life skill.
4. It builds a local community network
You can never have enough community spirit and community care!
lolly (n) a piece of candy, especially hard candy
trick or treat (expr) the cry by children at Halloween when they call at houses, indicating that they want a present or money or else they will play a trick on the householder
to chastise (v) to punish and criticize someone
to nurture (v) to help someone or something to develop
raft (n) a great number, amount, or collection
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