Ancient Origins
Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in).

The Celts were ancient people who lived 2,000 years ago in the region that is now called Ireland, in the United Kingdom and in the northern France: These people celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain; they believed that on that night the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. They did that only to cause trouble and damage crops; Celts also thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the unpredictable natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.

To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities.

During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other's fortunes. When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.

Some questions:

  1. Do you celebrate Halloween in your country?
  2. How long have you celebrated it?
  3. Was there another festival for commemorating the dead before Halloween came into fashion?
  4. Do you organize parties on Halloween night?
  5. Do you wear a special costume? Which kind of costume? (Skeleton, ghost, witch, wizard, zombie, etc.)
  6. Do you have special food on this day?
  7. Do you put lighted pumpkins in your home?
  8. Are you afraid of ghosts?

Shall we organize a terrific Halloween party with students and teachers?! First thing to do will be drinks, of course they will be magic enchanted disquieting drinks...

A powerful punch
This is a magic potion that you can drink - and it's yummy!! Pour any kind of fizzy drink in a glass and fill it to the top, then add a scoop of ice cream. The effect and the taste are sensational: it will be like a frenzy of froth and foam!!

Bubble and Fizz

Do you like that magic fizzy effect which makes you think of a witch's cauldron simmering with potions? Well, you have to fill a small glass with any kind of fizzy drink you like. Then pour a teaspoon of salt on top. Add some food colouring for multi-coloured bubbles. Don't drink it!!! It's disgusting...

 

Instant inflation

Amaze your friends by telling them that you will blow up a balloon without blowing it at all.

  • First pour some vinegar into a bottle
  • Then pour a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda into a balloon and stretch it over the top
  • Don't let the soda out yet!
  • Pick up the balloon and empty out the bicarbonate of soda
  • As the bicarbonate of soda mixes with the vinegar it bubbles up and forces air into the balloon, which makes it blow up all by itself. Let's hope it doesn't explode!!!

Witchy wishes a great Hallooween party to you and your students!!!

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