evening: tarde (después de las 5 o 6 de la tarde) o noche take a walk down: vas de paseo por neighborhood: barrio street: calle pirates: piratas ghosts: fantasmas princesses: princesas witches: brujas costumed children: niños disfrazados knocking/to knock: golpeando/ golpear (puerta) opens/to open: abre/abrir hold out/to hold out: tienden/tender a bag: una bolsa yell/to yell: gritan/gritar hoping/to hope: esperando/esperar bags: bolsas candy: dulces end: final, fin popular holiday: popular día de fiesta o día feriado young and old alike: tanto entre los jóvenes como entre los mayores
In the evening of October 31st if you take a walk down a neighborhood street you might see pirates, ghosts, princesses and witches! But don't be alarmed, these “ghosts” are costumed children knocking on their neighbors' doors. When the door opens the children hold out a bag and yell, “Trick or Treat.” They are hoping their bags will be full of candy by the end of the night. Halloween is a popular holiday in the United States for young and old alike.
masquerade: de disfraces games: juegos played/to play: juegan/jugar at a time: a la vez tub of water: tina o cuba con agua without using hands: sin usar las manos sinking/to sink: hundiendo/hundir face: cara attempting/to attempt: intentando/ intentar to bite: morder typical: típicas homemade: hechas en casa, caseras treats: delicias include/to include: incluyen/incluir dried pumpkin seeds: semillas de calabaza secas popcorn balls: pelotas de palomitas de maíz
Halloween parties or masquerade parties for adults are common. At children's parties traditional games are played. One of the most popular games is “bobbing for apples.” One child at a time has to get apples from a tub of water without using hands. They do this by sinking their face into the water and attempting to bite the apple. Typical homemade Halloween treats include dried pumpkin seeds, caramel apples and popcorn balls.
started/to start: empezó/empezar evil spirits: espíritus malignos flying on broomsticks: volando en escobas black cats: gatos negros since: desde entonces evolved/to evolve: evolucionado/ evolucionar decorate/to decorate: decoran/decorar windows: ventanas silhouettes: siluetas carving: tallar, esculpir let…know/to let know: informan/ informar goodies: cosas ricas waiting/to wait: esperando/esperar
Halloween started as a celebration connected with ghosts and evil spirits. Witches flying on broomsticks, black cats, ghosts, goblins and skeletons have since evolved as symbols of Halloween. Black and orange are the traditional Halloween colors. In the weeks before October 31, Americans decorate windows of houses and schools with silhouettes of the various Halloween symbols. Pumpkins are another main symbol of Halloween. Carving pumpkins into “jack-o-lanterns” is a Halloween custom that came from Ireland. Today jack-o'-lanterns in the windows of a house on Halloween night let children know that there are goodies waiting if they knock and say “Trick or Treat!”
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Publication information: Book title: Read and Think English. Contributors: Los Editores De La Revista Think English - OrganizationName. Publisher: McGraw-Hill. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2008. Page number: 60.
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