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Rubén Beldad Martín

on 6 November 2012

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Transcript of Halloween

Welcome to Etymology Halloween or Hallowe'en (a contraction of its original title "All Hallows' Evening"), also known as All Hallows' Eve, is a yearly holiday observed around the world on October 31, the eve before the Western Christian feast of All Hallows. Origin Halloween is also thought to have been influenced by the Christian holy days of All Saints' Day (also known as All Hallows) on 1 November and All Souls' Day on 2 November And it was not until the mass Irish and Scottish immigration during the 19th century that the holiday was brought to North America in earnest. Some folklorists have detected its origins in the Roman feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, or in the festival of the dead called Parentalia, However, it is more typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain", which comes from the Old Irish for "summer's end" Symbols Development of artifacts and symbols associated with Halloween formed over time. Pumpkins The American tradition of carving pumpkins is recorded in 1837 and was originally associated with harvest time in general, not becoming specifically associated with Halloween until the mid-to-late 19th century. Nightmares Halloween imagery includes themes of death, evil, the occult, and mythical monsters. The imagery of Halloween is derived from many sources, including national customs, works of Gothic and horror literature (such as the novels Frankenstein and Dracula) and classic horror films (such as Frankenstein and The Mummy). Costumes Halloween costumes are traditionally modeled after supernatural figures such as monsters, ghosts, skeletons, witches, and devils. Over time, the costume selection extended to include popular characters from fiction, celebrities, and generic archetypes such as ninjas and princesses. Trick or treat Trick-or-treating is a customary celebration for children on Halloween. Children go in costume from house to house, asking for treats such as candy or sometimes money, with the question, "Trick or treat?" Tales of Horror There was something strange about Mr. Smith’s old house on the coast of Transilvanya. Many people thought that there was a ghost in the rooms on the east side. On windy nights people heard strange noises there. They thought it was a baby crying. But there wasn’t a baby in the house. For years many people tried to find the answer to the mystery.
Finally people said “Sell the house.” Mr Smith sold the house to Bill Gates. But the strange noises continued. After some time, Mr. Gates said, “I think the noises come from the old apple tree next to the house. Its branches hit the east side of the house when there’s a strong wind”. He cut down the old apple tree.
But the stranges noises continued. “Move the house”, people said. Wooden houses are easy to move, and Mr. Gates was a rich man. He called in some workmen.
“Move the house to a new place, in Part street” he said.
While the workmen were moving the house, they found an old box under the floor. There was a child’s skeleton in the box. Many people said that the child’s ghost made the strange noises. “Rebury the child” they said. Mr Gates reburied the child.
But on windy nights the strange noises continued... When Bill Gates died, his son Frank lived in the house. Frank didn’t belive in ghosts. Some time later there was a fire in the house. It burnt part of a room on the east side. Frank called in some workmen. “Repair the room” he said. While the workmen were repairing the room, they discovered something. In one of the chimney’s, they found a wind harp.
“The builders put the harp into the chimney to make music on windy days”, they told Frank. “now it’s old and instead of music, it makes a crying sound like a baby”.
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