Happy Halloween!

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Whether you like it or not, October 31st is Halloween night, a night where many people in many countries will be celebrating this occasion by dressing up in scary costumes, having spooky-themed parties and participating in trick-or-treating.

Even though Halloween is traditionally a day to celebrate death, it is supposed to be a happy occasion as it is believed to be the day the souls of the dead come back to Earth. Today it is not commonly celebrated for traditional reasons and is usually nothing more than an excuse to have some fun in those countries that have made it into a commercial event.

If you are celebrating it this year remember these Halloween dos and don’ts:

  • Do dress up. It’s fun to wear something that you would never get away with on another day of the year.
  • Do be polite, it should be fun for everyone.
  • Don’t go trick-or-treating when you are a little bit too old. Small children trick or treating with their parents is cute and harmless, but when you’re 14 to 35…!
  • Do let your creative imagination run wild with party ideas. Decorating your party venue and don’t forget to make your food and drinks look as disgusting as possible.
  • Do use this night as an opportunity to scare yourself with a frightening movie and watch it with the lights off if you are feeling courageous!
  • Don’t go straight to bed after the movie has finished, you don’t want any nightmares, do you?

Whatever you are doing, celebrating death, dressing up, going trick-or-treating or just having a party – Have a happy Halloween!

Oh, and for those who don’t like Halloween, have a happy end of October day!

To dress up (phrasal verb) – to wear your best clothes or a costume

Spooky – scary or frightening

Trick-or-treating – Halloween game where children knock on doors and either get a treat (like a sweet) or play a trick

Soul – spiritual or non-material part of a person

Dos and don’ts – rules about what you should and shouldn’t do in a particular situation

To get away with something (phrasal verb) – to do something incorrect and not face the consequences or punishment

Cute – nice, pretty or charming

Harmless – incapable of or not causing harm

To let your imagination run wild (idiom) – to allow yourself to fantasise and think creatively

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