Halloween: «Trick or Treat?»

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on google
Google+
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn

Halloween is a contraction of «All Hallows’ Evening». It is a yearly celebration on 31 October. According to many scholars, All Hallows’ Eve is a Christianized feast influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain: it marked the end of the harvest season and beginning of winter or the ‘darker half’ of the year, it was seen as a transitional time, when the spirits or fairies could more easily come into our world and were particularly active. The belief that the souls of the dead return home on one night or day of the year seems to have ancient origins and it is found in many cultures throughout the world. Throughout the Gaelic and Welsh regions, the household festivities included rituals and games intended to prophesy their future, especially regarding death and marriage. Nuts and apples were often used in these rituals. Special bonfires were lit and there were rituals involving them. Their flames, smoke and ashes were deemed to have protective and cleansing powers, and were also used for prophesy. Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories and watching horror films. Halloween costumes are traditionally modeled after supernatural figures such as vampires, monsters, ghosts, skeletons, witches, and devils. Trick-or-treating is a customary celebration for children on Halloween. Children go in costume from house to house, asking for treats such as sweets or sometimes money, with the question, «Trick or treat?» The word «trick» refers to «threat» to perform mischief on the homeowners if treat is not given.

Lyrics:

Walking down the street,

on Halloween night

Lots of scary

monsters, and other strange sites

I see a ghost!
Booh….
Walking down the street, on Halloween night
Lots of scary monsters, and other strange sites
I see a vampire!
Welcome to my house…
Walking down the street, on Halloween night
Lots of scary monsters, and other strange sites
I see a skeleton!
Hello! Have you seen my coffin?
Walking down the street, on Halloween night
Lots of scary monsters, and other strange sites
I see a witch!
He, he, he…
Walking down the street, on Halloween night
Lots of scary monsters, and other strange sites
I see a werewolf!
Auuuuuu….
Walking down the street, on Halloween night
Lots of scary monsters, and other strange sites
I see a mummy!
Sorry, I don’t
have time to talk
I’m all wrapped up

Glossary:
• Harvest: a crop or yield of one growing season: a harvest of wheat.
• Gaelic: relating to the Celtic people of Ireland, Scotland, or the Isle of Man or their language or customs
• Welsh: the people born or living in Wales.
• Jack-o’-lanterns: a pumpkin that has been hollowed out and cut with openings to represent a human face, traditionally displayed at Halloween, often with a candle or light inside.
• Trick or Treat: a children’s Halloween custom, in which they call on neighbors, using this phrase, and threaten to play a trick if a treat is not given.
Sources:
– Wikipedia.
– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hu_Tpf_yGuo
– http://blocs.xtec.cat/englishpacocandel/files/2014/10/HALLOWEEN-NIGHT-song-lyrics.pdf
– http://www.wordreference.com/

 

More to explorer

Creo que … No creo que…

En nuestro Ahora tú de hoy vamos a jugar de nuevo. En esta ocasión el protagonista será el elemento cultural mezclado con

Joan Miró: el pintor del estilo único

Joan Miró fue un pintor y escultor español cuyo estilo tan personal lo ha convertido en un artista inconfundible. Nació en Barcelona

Deja una respuesta

Tu dirección de correo electrónico no será publicada. Los campos obligatorios están marcados con *