Many people in Taiwan celebrate the Ghost Festival in the seventh lunar month. They believe that ghosts come out at a certain time of the year. Americans also have a day for ghosts. They call it Halloween.
Halloween is on October 31. It is an exciting holiday for children in the USA because they get to go trick-or-treating. They usually wear masks or costumes and go door to door to ask for candy. They don't go home until they fill up their trick-or-treat bags.
Besides children, many adults also get excited about this holiday because of Halloween parades. During the parades, adults proudly show off their crazy costumes. Some of them look funny or strange, and some of them look scary. Some even look like something from another planet. It is like a big costume party on the street.
Both children and adults love Halloween. Don't you agree Halloween is a time for everyone to have fun and be creative?
- Halloween [͵hæloˋin] n.
We are going to have a party on Halloween.
- Ghost Festival [gost ˋfɛstəv!] n.
There are many taboos during the Ghost Festival.
- lunar [ˋlunɚ] adj.
In the past, Chinese people followed the lunar calendar.
- trick-or-treat [trɪk ɔr trit] v.
Would you like to go trick-or-treating with me tonight?
- mask [mæsk] n.
George is wearing a mask because he has a cold.
- costume [ˋkɑstjum] n.
There's a costume party at my place this weekend. Will you come?
- fill up [fɪl ʌp]
The waiter filled up my glass with fresh orange juice.
- parade [pəˋred] n.
There are many people wearing different costumes in the parade.
- proudly [ˋpraʊdlɪ] adv.
Mr. Jobs proudly presented his latest product.
- crazy [`krezɪ] adj.
Mike was crazy about playing basketball when he was in junior high school.
- funny [ˋfʌnɪ] adj.
I saw a funny movie yesterday.
- strange [strendʒ] adj.
There is a strange person standing near the park.
- scary [ˋskɛrɪ] adj.
The story is scary, but it's funny, too.
- another [əˋnʌðɚ] adj.; pron.
My sister can eat another sandwich.
- creative [krɪˋetɪv] adj.
We've been in the meeting for eight hours, but no one can come up with a creative idea.
- doorbell [ˋdor͵bɛl] n.
She rang the doorbell, but no one answered it.
- jack-o'-lantern [ˋdʒækə͵læntɚn] n.
A: Can you make a jack-o'-lantern?
B: Sure! It's a piece of cake.
- hole [hol] n.
What happened to your bag? Why are there so many holes in it?
- top [tɑp] n.; adj.
That cat is on top of the roof.