Halloween reading and gap fill

Where does Halloween come from?

Read the text and complete the gaps

PUMPKINS               TRADITIONS        YEARS                  HALLOWEEN

OCTOBER                FOOD                 PEOPLE                 COUNTRIES

We celebrate Halloween every year on ______________ 31st. But where does this holiday come from?

The holiday originally comes from a people called the Celts. The Celts lived in Europe more than 2000 _______ ago. On November 1st they celebrated the end of summer. They thought ghosts visited the living on October 31st. They dressed up like ghosts so the spirits would not harm them.

Today, many ______________ still remember the dead on November 1st. It is called All Saints day. Another name for it is All Hallow’s Day. The day before, October 31st, is called All Hallow’s Eve, or _________________ for short.

Halloween is an old tradition in Ireland and Scotland. In those countries, _____________ dressed up and carried lanterns made of turnips. When people moved from Ireland and Scotland to the United States, they started using ________________. This is where the jack-o’-lantern comes from.

They also had a tradition of giving __________ to the spirits. Later, they gave the food to poor people. This is where trick-or-treating comes from.

Halloween has changed a lot since its origins. New people have brought new _________________, and changed the old ones. What do you think Halloween would be like in another two thousand years?



Read the text again and answer:

1. What is this story about?

a. Trick-or –treating

b. Ghosts

c. The origins of Halloween

2. When did the Celts live in Europe?

a. More than two hundred years ago

b. More than two thousand years ago

c. Less than two thousand years ago

3. What did they celebrate on November 1st?

a. Halloween

b. All Hallow’s Day

c. The end of summer

haunted house


4. What did ghosts do on October 31st?

a. They visited the living

b. They dressed up

c. They celebrated All Hallow’s day


5. The word Halloween comes from …

a. All Hallow’s Day

b. All Saints Day

c. All Hallow’s Eve


6. Nowadays, jack-o’-lanterns are made of…

a. Turnips

b. Pumpkins

c. Carrots


7. Trick-or-treating comes from…

a. Giving money to the poor

b. Giving food to the spirits

c. Giving candies to children






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