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Trick or Treat!
Trick or Treat!

Learn Halloween vocabulary

Date: Oct 29 2010

Themes: Holidays

Grammar: First Conditional

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This Sunday is Halloween and there are really two separate Halloweens in the U.S. There’s the Halloween for adults, which is basically an excuse to party while wearing a crazy costume. For kids, Halloween is one of the most exciting days of the year. Not only do they get to dress up as their favorite superhero or fairy princess, but it’s also the only day they get to go door-to-door and demand that strangers give them candy. But as Dale explains, trick-or-treating can be fun for grown-ups, too. Listen to him talk with Mason about one of his favorite holidays.

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Mason

Mason

Dale

Dale

Mason:  How old were you when you stopped trick-or-treating?

Dale:  35.

Mason:  Is that with your kid, though?

Dale:  It basically is with my kid. But still, I love to trick or treat. I actually dressed up with him, and I was at the door holding my pumpkin too.

Mason:  They give you, the adult, candy?

Dale:  Of course they do! I’m trick-or-treating too! Let’s go back. The word “trick or treat.” You always get a treat. Is there a trick?

Mason:  No, you do the trick. Like it’s a threat. If they do not give you candy, you will do terrible things to them and/or their property.

Dale:  Oh! I didn’t know what that meant. It’s so weird, because I always…I mean, for so long, I’ve always said “trick or treat,” but what if they choose the trick? Now I get it.

Mason:  Yes. You are threatening them. So, I don’t know, maybe we should re-brand trick-or-treating. It should be like “Candy, please.”

Dale:  Candy, please.

Mason:  Let’s teach manners this holiday season.

Dale:  I enjoy dressing up, I enjoy doing this. I think there was that maybe 15 to 18 years age when I was too old to dress up. But as soon as 20, 21 came along, boom.

Mason:  College dorms. I trick-or-treated at the dorms, man. You better believe it.

Dale:  Trick-or-treating, yeah.

 

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Discussion

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When kids go trick-or-treating, they get dressed up in costumes and knock on strangers’ doors. When someone answers, they shout “trick or treat!” Then the stranger gives them candy, which they keep in a Halloween bag, or sometimes a plastic pumpkin.

Dale loves trick-or-treating. He has a young son who he goes trick-or-treating with, but it sounds like he would enjoy trick-or-treating whether or not he had a kid.

But even though he loves Halloween, Dale didn’t know what the phrase “trick or treat” meant. He thought it meant that the stranger at the door could choose to give either a trick or a treat. Mason explains that “trick or treat” is actually a threat. It means, “Give me a treat or I’ll play a trick on you.” Luckily, it’s usually an empty threat.

Have you ever gone trick-or-treating? Do people celebrate Halloween in your country?

 

Comments

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lawrence86

lawrence86

China

Happy Holloween!  

01:56 PM Oct 30 2010 |

448.sniper

Yemen

interestin info about Hlloween

actually i watched about it on cartoon

11:39 AM Oct 30 2010 |

rebel lee

rebel lee

China

Nowdays, halloween is kinda famous in China. But we do not do trick-of-treat.

If I am kid of America, I would love to go trick-or-treating, I mean how cool is that. You dress up as whoever you want to be and ask for candy, if they don't give you candy, you are supposed to trick them. This is the best festival for children, I believe.

11:28 AM Oct 30 2010 |

ma qianqian

China

I saw a horrible movie about Halloween .But of course what happened in the movies was not true.

I never played that trick or treat thing when i was kid,coz i'm in China,we do not have Halloween day.But i think that is really fun.

Anyway happy halloween day !!

 

08:59 AM Oct 30 2010 |

bee_u

Viet Nam

how to listen the lesson?

08:32 AM Oct 30 2010 |

cheng602

cheng602

China

i never celebrate halloween,it seems interesting to ask others for candy.even though i  am a adult now,i love the festival.image dressing up what i like to,attend a party,ask someone i dont know for candy,it must be momorable experience

06:52 AM Oct 30 2010 |

tuti2

Viet Nam

 

here in vietnam we dont celebrate this festival. But the students in some Universities will  have a party. it is great coz they will dressed and dance together.

 

02:57 AM Oct 30 2010 |

tuti2

Viet Nam

 

here in vietnam we dont celebrate this festival. But the students in some Universities will  have a party. it is great coz they will dressed and dance together.

 

02:53 AM Oct 30 2010 |

Jenny Sangurima

Ecuador

Here in Ecuador people has quit this celebration because it's not ours. There are other celebrations when people get dressed with costumes.

01:05 AM Oct 30 2010 |

Jenny Sangurima

Ecuador

Here in Ecuador people has quit this celebration because it's not ours. There are other celebrations when people get dressed with costumes.

01:05 AM Oct 30 2010 |

spacedragon

Brazil

yeah really we dont have halloween in brasil…..

11:37 PM Oct 29 2010 |

Mariana Navarrina

Brazil

Here in the Brazil, the people don't wear with costumers, here in my city don't. But I think that this day it isn't celebrate a lot of in all country. Maybe a day.

10:01 PM Oct 29 2010 |

EnglishLove

Belgium

I will dress up as a English teacher! Laughing

09:23 PM Oct 29 2010 |

billrandle

billrandle

Brazil

I used to love Halloween when I was a kid. I'd eat so much candy I should've been sick! I live in Brazil now and only a few people celebrate Halloweeen.

07:40 PM Oct 29 2010 |

SeanFlynn

SeanFlynn

China

Never smoke a pack this festival, in my hometown should not know this festival

07:00 PM Oct 29 2010 |

sayed mohamed

Egypt

in my country there no halloween but i think halloween day is nice for people to make funny and eat candy hahahhahh

05:36 PM Oct 29 2010 |

janetbba

Algeria

no this celebration does n t exsist in our country

05:22 PM Oct 29 2010 |

oksana35

Ukraine

No, I haven't. In my country people don't celebrate Halloween. Usually in Ukraine children and adults go from house to house singing carols on Christmas holidays and get treats like candies and etc.

05:07 PM Oct 29 2010 |

tosick

tosick

Ukraine

i like it:)

03:44 PM Oct 29 2010 |

VerafromSerbia

Serbia and Montenegro

In my country , Halloween doesn't exist.It's not very popular here.For us, it was just a strange american tradition,but my generation is into it…so there are a lot`halloween` parties… I am Serbian Orthodox…

01:54 PM Oct 29 2010 |

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