But what is Halloween? What is the story behind it? Why is it celebrated on the 31st of each October? What do Celtics have to do with Halloween? When did this ancient cultural tradition first emerge and where? Why kids dress in spooky costume (guises) during the Halloween? What is the story behind trick-and-treating? What does Samhain has to do with Halloween? What other cultural practices are involved in Halloween celebrations?
These and several other questions have probably crossed the minds of several of our students and they need answers. Remember, learning is always effective when it is experiential, timely and related to tangible authentic needs/goals. To this end, I compiled for you this collection of YouTube videos that you can use with your students in class to educate them about this great cultural tradition called Halloween. You can watch them together in class and get students in pairs to answer some of these questions before you engage the whole class in group discussion.
1- Halloween History by National Geographic
2- Bet You Didn’t Know: Halloween by HISTORY
3- Why Do We Celebrate HALLOWEEN – English Story For Kids, by T-Series Kids Hut