Story of Halloween

story of halloween

Every year, we celebrate Halloween on the 31 October, but what are the origins of this day. Learn the history of this special day and a special theme park in America called Spooky World.


  • Time

    20-30 minutes

  • Main Skill


  • Topic

    Culture and Lifestyles - The Story of Halloween

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    Listening Task Script


The tradition of Halloween has changed since its origins. 

Listen to a news report about a theme park in America called Spooky World.

1. The majority of people who go to Spooky World are teenagers and young adults.
2. Spooky World is good for Litchfield as it brings extra work and money to the town.
3. You don't have to be a skilled worker to get a job at Spooky World.
4. The town is lucky to have a good infrastructure that avoids any traffic congestion when the park is open.
5. Owners say the disruption is worth it because they pay out a lot of money to people who live in the town during the holiday season.


Halloween Theme Parks Bring Spooks ... And Jobs NPR (2009)

Try our Halloween Trivia Quiz.

Here are the keywords to learn:

Here are keywords and phrases to learn:

  • bat
  • broom
  • candy
  • carve
  • cobwebs
  • costume
  • evil
  • ghosts
  • make-up artist
  • nightmare
  • October
  • parties
  • pumpkin
  • Roman goddess
  • spooky
  • supernatural
  • sweets
  • trick-or-treat
  • zombies

B2 First Skills

  • Speaking

    Skills to communicate with others to express thoughts and feelings.

  • Listening

    Skills to improve active listening in order to develop responses to what someone is saying.

  • Reading

    Skills to stimulates imagination memory and recall information

  • Writing

    Skills to foster the ability to explain and refine ideas.

B2 First Themes

  • Entertainment and Leisure

    Opportunities to discover how media and leisure have an impact on people's lives.

  • Environment and Nature

    Opportunities to develop a greater understanding of issues affecting our environment.

  • Health and Wellbeing

    Opportunities to develop a better understanding of how to stay healthy and lead an active life.

  • Learning and Work

    Opportunities to discuss how different societies create roles to develop their skills and knowledge.

  • Culture and Lifestyle

    Opportunities to consider how events which take place impact an individual's life.

  • Science and Technology

    Opportunities to look at the challenges faced by individuals and communities in the modern world.

  • Travel and Adventure

    Opportunities to discover how exploring and visiting different cultures and community can impact our viewpoint.

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