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Date: Oct 31 2008

Themes: Holidays, Party

Grammar: Used to Do vs Be Used to


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Halloween is an American holiday that takes place on October 31 and celebrates all things dark and scary. People celebrate Halloween by dressing up in costumes, carving jack-o-lanterns, trick-or-treating, watching horror movies, or going to parties. Traditional Halloween costumes are things like witches, ghosts, monsters, and skeletons. These days, it’s also common for people to dress up like famous movie stars, musicians, or even politicians.

Halloween is most popular with little kids, who love to dress up and eat lots of candy. Most teenagers think they’re too old to trick-or-treat, so they often watch horror movies or play pranks like throwing eggs at cars or TP-ing their neighbors’ houses. Some adults celebrate Halloween, too, but in a very different way, as you’ll see by listening to Amanda and Devan talk about their Halloween plans.


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Devan:  Hey, do you want to come out with me on Halloween? Me and my friends are gonna get these crazy costumes of like nurses..bad nurses…and we’re gonna go…

Amanda:  Are you gonna dress up like Tina Fey?

Devan:  Tina Fey? Huh?

Amanda:  Oh. OK, first of all, did you forget I have a child?

Devan:  Oh…

Amanda:  Yeah, I can’t go to a party on Halloween!

Devan:  Yeah, kids are a party foul.

Amanda:  Oh, no doubt. Like Halloween used to be… I used to go with you all the time, right?

Devan:  I know, we’d get wasted…

Amanda:  Yeah. Now I have to man the front door and answer it about a hundred times between…mmm…sundown and midnight, possibly get TP-ed, and then take my kid around the block while you’re, uh…what?

Devan:  We were gonna get a keg, and…I totally forgot about trick-or-treating and children and all those things Halloween’s usually affiliated with. Ever since I’ve been in college it’s all about like keg stands...

Amanda:  It comes full circle, ‘cause remember, back in the day it was fun to trick-or-treat. Then it’s all about parties. Then you have a child, and Halloween represents something totally different.

Devan:  Well, what’s your kid gonna be for Halloween?

Amanda:  Um, Anakin Skywalker. On sale for $69.99. Awesome.

Devan:  I saw a slutty Anakin Skywalker.

Amanda:  A slutty Anakin—? Oh, was his saber somewhere else?


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Devan wants Amanda to go out with her on Halloween. She’s going to dress up like a sexy nurse and go to a crazy party.

Now that Amanda has a son, she can’t party on Halloween like she used to. Instead, she has to stay home so she can take her son trick-or-treating and pass candy out to the other kids in the neighborhood.

The way people celebrate Halloween changes depending on their age and lifestyle. Children love this holiday because they get to dress up in fun costumes and eat tons of candy. For college students and people in their twenties, Halloween is more like an excuse to wear a silly or sexy outfit, go to parties, and get drunk. But once people have kids of their own, they usually stay home with their children instead of going out on Halloween.

Have you ever celebrated Halloween or gone to a costume party? Do you think Halloween sounds like more fun when you’re a kid and you get to go trick-or-treating, or when you’re older and you can go to parties?



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Merry Halloween all!!! Smile

12:23 PM Oct 31 2008 |



Merry halloween!maybe  we celebrate halloween from now on,hehe

10:42 AM Oct 31 2008 |




Merry Halloween!!!

Here ,we don't celebrate Halloween!

But,it's great to learn something about it!!!The party must be very interesting and horrible,i think…LoL

10:28 AM Oct 31 2008 |




Nice party!!

10:21 AM Oct 31 2008 |




both ages are great fun! there are so many parties over here at night! i like it!! by the way, i have a great one! it will be so much fun!! Merry halloween to all!!

10:20 AM Oct 31 2008 |




Merry halloween!

09:41 AM Oct 31 2008 |



Merry Halloween, but here in Slovakia there's no Halloween :D

09:20 AM Oct 31 2008 |




there will be a halloween parry at our school tonigh, hold by our foreign teachers. sounds fun!!!

08:00 AM Oct 31 2008 |




maybe nothing happens

07:34 AM Oct 31 2008 |




My opinion about some prty and days like this is a trick of some smart people who makes money over it:) Can you imagine how many costoms they are going to sell? and candies? which harm the kids and make them obese:)


07:15 AM Oct 31 2008 |



United States

I am not going to treak or treating because I've got no one to go with.=[ However, I've got other plans.Hehe..

06:12 AM Oct 31 2008 |



Merry Halloween

i have the right for all the test!



05:09 AM Oct 31 2008 |




so cool
just as usual
good job,guys
jason u shouldn’t vote wz us:Dthis is totally biased:D

12:29 AM Oct 31 2008 |

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