Web Worksheet: History of Halloween
STUDENT(S) NAME: ___________________________ Class: ____________ SCORE: _________
Web Site: The History of Halloween (The History Channel)
Origins: Ancient Origins
1. Halloween began with the Celtic festival of ____________________________.
2. The Celtics celebrated their new year on ___________________________________.
3. On the night of October 31, the Celt's believed the ___________________ of the ___________________ returned to earth.
4. During the Celtic celebrations the Celts wore costumes that were made up of animal ________________ and __________________.
5. What two Roman festivals were combined with the Celtic festival of Samhain.
________________ and the Roman goddess __________________.
6. The three celebrations, the eve of All Saints', All Saints', and All Souls', were combined and called
SECTION 2: Halloween Comes to
7. In early
New England, Halloween celebrations were
very limited because of rigid _________________________ beliefs.
8. During the second half of the nineteenth century, Americans would dress up in costumes and go "trick‑or‑treating" asking for ______________________ or ______________________.
SECTION 3: Today’s Traditions
9. During the American tradition of All Souls' Day, poor people would beg for food and were given ___________________________ in return for the promise to pray for a family's dead relatives.
10. On Halloween, people who went outside would dress in costumes to avoid being recognized by _______________.
SECTION 4: Around the World: El Dia de los Muertos
Mexico, Latin America and Spain, All Souls' Day takes place
on ______________________ at the end of a three day celebration that begins on
12. Who is the celebration designed to honour? ____________________________.
13. Why were candles and incense burned?
SECTION 5: Around the World: Guy Fawkes Day
England (and some parts of Newfoundland) bonfires are lit on the
evening of ____________________.
15. The English stopped celebrating Halloween because of Martin Luther's _____________________________.
16. What does Guy Fawkes Day festivities commemorate?
17. The first bonfires were called ______________________________.
18. What would children do in some parts of
England during Guy Fawkes Day?
SECTION 6: Around the World: Where It All Began
19. In what country did Halloween begin? _________________________________.
20. A game where an apple on a string is tied to a doorframe or tree and people try to take a bite out of it is called ________________________________________.
21. A traditional food during Halloween is called ______________________________.
22. When a child knocks on a door and runs away it is called a ___________________________.
SECTION 7: The Jack O' Lantern
23. The practice of making jack o' lanterns started with the Irish myth about a person called _______________.
they first made their own jack o' lanterns by carving scarey faces into
______________________ or ______________________.
used large ______________ to carve jack o' lanterns.
Don’t forget to explore the other sections in the web site to learn more about Halloween.