halloween is an autumn holiday that americans celebrate every year. it
means "holy evening," and it comes every october 31, the evening before all
saints‘ day. however, it is not really a church holiday, it is a holiday for
every autumn, when the vegetables are ready to eat, children pick large
orange pumpkins. then they cut faces in the pumpkins and put a burning candle
inside. it looks as if there were a person looking out of the pumpkin! these
lights are called jack-o‘-lanterns, which means "jack of the lantern".
the children also put on strange masks and frightening costumes every
halloween. some children paint their faces to look like monsters. then they
carry boxes or bags from house to house. every time they come to a new house,
they say,"trick or treat! money or eat!" the grown-ups put treat-money or candy
in their bags.
not only children, but most grown-ups also love halloween and halloween
parties because on this day,they can disguise themselves as personages or ghost
as their imaginations will lead them. this bring them the satisfaction of being
One of the oldest Halloween traditions comes from the ancient Celts， who
lived in western and central Europe long ago. The Celts celebrated a holiday
called Samhain on October 31. After sunset that day， people believed that
spirits of the dead would rise and walk the earth. The Celts made offerings of
food and drink to keep the spirits away.
Beginning about 2，000 years ago， the Roman Empire conquered many Celtic
peoples. But Celtic traditions， including Samhain， remained strong in areas such
as Ireland and Scotland， even after the Roman conquest.
The Roman Catholic Church tried to replace Samhain in 835 with All Saints'
Day， a day to honor saints of the Church. The eve of All Saints' Day is October
31. It is called Allhallows or Hallowmas by the Church.
Days and days past, I'm not a child any longer. But I still remember that
Halloween, 31st October 2001. That was Saturday. I went to study English with an
American girl named Debby as usual. We had 5 students altogether. Before that
week, Debby had already told us to learn something about Halloween ourselves. On
that day, Debby spent an hour describing this American festival for us, such as
“trick or cheat”, pumpkin and even, she took a pumpkin with her. First she took
out a finished pumpkin lantern. That was really beautiful and ugly, we liked it
so much. Then she taught us how to make a pumpkin lantern by ourselves. We each
held a small knife, learnt to cut and draw something on that pumpkin.
Finally, we made it and put a short candle into it. That was truly happy.
And the most surprising thing was that the lantern was a present for that day's
super student. Who will that be? My god! That was me! Do you know how excited I
was then? I held it, jumping and shouting. That was the most unforgettable day
to me. And I will not forget it, never!
Halloween arrived, after a time, when I was a child, very funny, so I'm
looking forward to the arrival of Halloween.
It's Halloween, I have an appointment with a few good friends, dressed in
their respective "spirits" go to someone's home to sugar, at first we took the
first plan; First to a "ghost frighten ghost", the "ghost" has seven or eight of
us, we will pick some little ghost team to humiliate them, making, see we scare
a again, we first sent the vampire looking for targets, found after he rushed up
to scare them, we will also strengthen our own team, at the same time, until we
can even have a "big team" ghost "bully" under our "brutal killings" has no one
can with us in our region to "candy" we started the second step plan; Sugar,
agghh! We rushed to the door said; Trick or give sugar! Soon, a middle-aged man,
said to us with a smile; Candy to cough up! He said, then threw the candy back
to, we immediately messy, gurgling sound into a.
Finally, we the "ghost" crumble, because candy things noisy over, finally
also play up, dozen dozen, there will be some "calm" to persuade them not to
play, also good, also can be carried out as normal and Halloween, we "loot"
several again, is a happy, contented home several achievements!