In Proceedings By Scott

Halloween in the United States

Introduction of the editors. Dear friends, more than five years we publish training material related to the English language, so that you have an opportunity to improve their skills in English. Until today, we published articles written in Russian only our Russian-speaking teachers. So we decided to put an end to this injustice, because our teachers come from the US and the UK, too, has something to say! 🙂

Our native speaking teachers Scott was born and raised in the state of Wisconsin, USA. He wanted to personally tell you about the features of the celebration of Halloween in his hometown. About the result of his labors judge for yourself! At the end of the article, we present a list of the most difficult words that you may need when reading. Enjoy!

As a kid, I looked forward to Halloween each and every year. To an extent, I still look forward to Halloween every year. Even after my 29th birthday, I can not help but feel the same way I did when I was a devilishly good looking little boy. Around Halloween time is when the leaves change, the weather gets cold and winter is just around the corner. I get excited for it every year, eagerly anticipating the first snowfall.

«Scott, Halloween, 1992»

What is it about Halloween in America that makes other nations also adopt it and start celebrating it? Why do people like to be scared? What is it about putting on hideous masks and running around and subjecting oneself to horror films and whatever other monstrosities just for the sake of being scared? Why is it fun to be scared? Answering all of those questions could take years and really is beyond the scope of this text … so how do kids and adults celebrate Halloween in America?

For most kids, Halloween is all about the candy. Candy, candy, candy! You get the biggest bag possible so that you can get the most candy possible. If you’re really clever, you’ll even have two different costumes so that you can hit each house twice! The tradition is to dress up on Halloween night and stalk the streets, knocking on doors of houses and screaming, «Trick or treat!» While looking into your bag as they drop candy into it. Almost always, it will become a contest of who can get to the most houses and get the most amount of candy. That’s really it for kids. Rather simple, is not it?

Typical costumes for children are ghosts, ghouls, devils, witches, Batman, Superman … even actors and actresses!

Halloween for adults is a whole different story. While some people use it as an excuse to dress up as sexy French maids, or hold Halloween theme parties, the grand majority of adults do not really care about Halloween because it’s not a holiday that grants a day off of work. It could even been seen as a stressful event for adults who have children. Adults who enjoy the darker side of life will load up some classic horror films, decorate their house with scary imagery, and bask in the glory of darkness.

As with almost all holidays in America, the traditional ideas or reasons for each holiday has more or less disappeared and Halloween is even seen by some as an indication to start preparing for Thanksgiving … you know some stores in America even start stocking Christmas items at the end of Halloween!

So, with that, you now know a little bit more about how an average American celebrates Halloween!

Word Translation
Monstrosities Ugly things
Ghouls Ghouls
An excuse Justification
Sexy French maids Sexy French Maid
Grand majority Absolute majority
Scary imagery Scary image
An indication The sign, an indication of
To look forward to To look forward to something
To adopt Takes over, taking
To subject oneself to Expose yourself to something
To be beyond the scope Being outside of something
To stalk Wander
To care about something To worry about something
To grant a day off Provide day
To bask in the glory of darkness Bask in the darkness
Devilishly good looking Devilishly handsome
Eagerly anticipating Looking forward
Hideous Disgusting
To an extent To what extent
For the sake of For the sake of, for

Even if the first time you experienced difficulties with reading, do not despair. Carefully read the sentence again, write out an unfamiliar word, deal with key words in a sentence — all this will help to understand the meaning of the sentence. And if you still have questions, you can always leave them in the comments!



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