Episode 19: Halloween Traditions

Halloween is just around the corner, so it’s the perfect time to talk about this holiday and its traditions and customs in the US and the UK! Today, hear Dan and Jennifer talk about how Halloween is celebrated, learn a little bit about the history, and ways that you can connect with the celebration, too!


You’ll get extra listening practice today with comprehension questions to check your understanding of the episode. Additionally, you’ll learn some phrasal verbs, idioms, and Halloween related vocabulary!

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Podcast Notes:

For more learning, including the full vocabulary list and definitions (from below), a more complete language focus explanation, and idiom example sentences, download this week's episode guide.

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Vocabulary Sample:

chilly

spooky

stake

cobwebs

cackle

Language Focus: Listening Comprehension Questions

Could you understand Jennifer’s description of Halloween and its history? Double check your understanding by answering these questions below!

  1. When (the date) did the Celtic celebration originally happen?

  2. Why did the people wear masks at night during this time?  

  3. What does “eve” mean?   

  4. Where did the name “Halloween” come from?

  5. What is trick or treating?

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English Idioms and Expressions

in full swing: at the highest peak of activity; already happening

around the corner: very near (in place or time)

to paint a picture: to describe something in a way that others can “see” or visualize it

to speak for oneself: to say what one’s own opinion is

it was a hit: it was popular, successful

out of this world: incredibly unique and surprising in a good way

Vocabulary related to costumes and wearing special clothing

to go as something/someone: to go to a party or place wearing the clothing of a person/thing

dress up as: to wear special clothing to look like something or someone else

to be something/someone: to wear special clothing to look like something or someone else

 

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