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ESL Vocabulary Quiz: HOLIDAYS
Halloween (October 31)

Welcome to our new collection of exercises designed to help you practice English while learning about holidays. Some of these holidays are observed in all of the English-speaking world, while others are only celebrated in specific countries/regions. For each blank space, choose the correct response. If both responses are acceptable, choose the one that sounds more natural. Good luck!

1. Halloween is (feasted/celebrated) on the last day of October. Many of its current traditions actually stem from (pagan/prehistoric) times.

2. One of the main Halloween traditions involves wearing (costumes/outfits).

3. Another popular tradition is called "trick-or-treating". This is when children who are dressed (out/up) in scary or funny costumes go around the neighborhood asking for candy.

4. Children come to someone's house, (sound/ring) the doorbell (or knock), and when someone answers the door, the children are supposed to say "Trick or treat!", which means they want candy :)

5. Halloween is not only for children. Many (adults/elders) celebrate this holiday as well, usually by going to parties.

6. Another popular tradition involves (carving/craving) a pumpkin (cutting out what's inside and making a face out of it).

7. After a pumpkin is (carved/craved), people usually place a candle in the middle to make the "face" (shine/glow). This pumpkin face with a candle inside is called a "jack-o-lantern".

8. In some parts of the English-speaking world, people light (bonfires/campfires), which are large controlled outdoor fires.

9. Many people (decorate/renovate) their front yards, back yards, and windows will all kinds of "scary" images like witches, ghosts, goblins, etc.





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