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Let's Dress Up——It's Halloween

From early childhood getting

dressed up is connected with

a special pastime in North America,

called Halloween. Halloween is

celebrated1 on the last

night of October, when the air

is crisp and snow is

not far off. Every young

child is acquainted with

this exciting tradition.

On the last day

of October when dinner is finished,

children hurry to

dress up in a costume.

Darkness comes early at this time

of year and caution

must be practiced, foremost

by the children who are

going from house to house,

“trick or treat”.

Parents warn their children

not to dart2 out

in front of cars.

In all the excitement

it is easy for children to

become distracted and ignore safety rules.

Planning what your costume

will be, ahead of time,

is part of the

fun of the evening.

Many mothers will spend time

fabricating outfits3 for

their little girls who suddenly

turn into circus clowns,

beautiful ballet dancers or

weird4 colorful bugs5. Fathers may

help their sons construct

a costume of foil armor.

Little boys often enjoy pretending

they are in the army so

on Halloween it is possible

to see squads6 of lieutenants7

and sergeants8 marching along

in the dark. We affiliate9

this celebration with the supernatural

so some children may choose

to wear a skeleton costume

bearing a skull10 and crossbones,

or even a monster costume.

The choice of wardrobe

for the evening is really limitless.

Witches can be seen

riding on broomsticks across well

illuminated11 intersections12. Earlier

in the evening they may

have concocted13 a witch's brew14

to quench15 their thirst

for their arrival home.

Ghosts can be heard groaning16

and moaning while they

glide17 along city streets.

Beautiful butterflies flutter by

on their way to a party.

Pirates carrying swords and pistols

roam about, patches over one eye.

Small aliens search for

a new home here on Earth.

Wearing a cape18 and mask

allows a child to become Superman

for a few hours and

enter the world of fantasy.

An ethnic19 flavor is introduced

as a band of gypsies dance

along under a bright full moon.

Of course you can always

see a certain number of

Native American costumes,

the buckskin jackets and dresses

decorated with fringe and beads20.

Some youngsters choose to

decorate only their faces with grease

paint instead of wearing masks.

In many ways this is

safer for a child,

making visibility clearer.

At the same time

a mask allows them to

remain anonymous21 to all

but their closest friends.

Usually, on the night

before Halloween, family members

gather together to carve a pumpkin22.

On Halloween night the candle lit

face of the pumpkin shines

from each home welcoming the little

ghosts and goblins to call.

Parents usually escort small children

around their own neighborhood

helping23 to keep them safe.

Small children only visit random24 houses,

their parent's friends mostly, while

older children knock at every door.

Crowding onto the front porch

of the house the children rap at

the door and chant

the refrain “trick or treat”.

Householders distribute candies, apples,

peanuts, or any edible25 treat

into decorated wooden six quart baskets,

or plastic bags. They may

be asked to recite a poem

or sing a song

before receiving their treat.

Some lucky children may receive

cookies from a freshly baked

batch26 of chocolate chip cookies.

On arriving home the children

will dump all the junk candy

out onto the floor

to examine their loot.

Usually there is a great racket

as brothers and sisters compare

what goodies they have collected.

Adults, too, like to

join in Halloween celebrations

by attending small house parties

or large group gatherings27

at halls or arenas28.

They may play the old traditional games

such as bobbing for apples,

which float in tubs of water,

telling ghost stories and

visiting a haunted house.

Everyone seems to get enjoyment29

from being slightly afraid.

If you live in the country

the hooting30 of an owl31 or

even the howl of a wolf

underlines the spooky atmosphere

of Halloween evening. Clouds scuttle32

across the face of the moon

and the flap of

a bird's wings can be heard

as it settles on

the bare branches of a tree.

Eyes gleam in the night as

a black cat crosses your path.

Bats swoop33 about in the dark

startling those who are nervous.

On this evening it is

not necessary to be extravagant34

to have a good time.

A little imagination and

a sense of fun will create

a memory of Halloween

night for many years.


1 celebrated iwLzpz     
  • He was soon one of the most celebrated young painters in England.不久他就成了英格兰最负盛名的年轻画家之一。
  • The celebrated violinist was mobbed by the audience.观众团团围住了这位著名的小提琴演奏家。
2 dart oydxK     
  • The child made a sudden dart across the road.那小孩突然冲过马路。
  • Markov died after being struck by a poison dart.马尔科夫身中毒镖而亡。
3 outfits ed01b85fb10ede2eb7d337e0ea2d0bb3     
n.全套装备( outfit的名词复数 );一套服装;集体;组织v.装备,配置设备,供给服装( outfit的第三人称单数 )
  • He jobbed out the contract to a number of small outfits. 他把承包工程分包给许多小单位。 来自辞典例句
  • Some cyclists carry repair outfits because they may have a puncture. 有些骑自行车的人带修理工具,因为他们车胎可能小孔。 来自辞典例句
4 weird bghw8     
  • From his weird behaviour,he seems a bit of an oddity.从他不寻常的行为看来,他好像有点怪。
  • His weird clothes really gas me.他的怪衣裳简直笑死人。
5 bugs e3255bae220613022d67e26d2e4fa689     
adj.疯狂的,发疯的n.窃听器( bug的名词复数 );病菌;虫子;[计算机](制作软件程序所产生的意料不到的)错误
  • All programs have bugs and need endless refinement. 所有的程序都有漏洞,都需要不断改进。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The sacks of rice were swarming with bugs. 一袋袋的米里长满了虫子。 来自《简明英汉词典》
6 squads 8619d441bfe4eb21115575957da0ba3e     
n.(军队中的)班( squad的名词复数 );(暗杀)小组;体育运动的运动(代表)队;(对付某类犯罪活动的)警察队伍
  • Anti-riot squads were called out to deal with the situation. 防暴队奉命出动以对付这一局势。 来自辞典例句
  • Three squads constitute a platoon. 三个班组成一个排。 来自辞典例句
7 lieutenants dc8c445866371477a093185d360992d9     
n.陆军中尉( lieutenant的名词复数 );副职官员;空军;仅低于…官阶的官员
  • In the army, lieutenants are subordinate to captains. 在陆军中,中尉是上尉的下级。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • Lieutenants now cap at 1.5 from 1. Recon at 1. 中尉现在由1人口增加的1.5人口。侦查小组成员为1人口。 来自互联网
8 sergeants c7d22f6a91d2c5f9f5a4fd4d5721dfa0     
警官( sergeant的名词复数 ); (美国警察)警佐; (英国警察)巡佐; 陆军(或空军)中士
  • Platoon sergeants fell their men in on the barrack square. 排长们在营房广场上整顿队伍。
  • The recruits were soon licked into shape by the drill sergeants. 新兵不久便被教育班长训练得象样了。
9 affiliate TVBzj     
  • Our New York company has an affiliate in Los Angeles.我们的纽约公司在洛杉矶有一个下属企业。
  • What is the difference between affiliate and regular membership?固定会员和附属会员之间的区别是什么?
10 skull CETyO     
  • The skull bones fuse between the ages of fifteen and twenty-five.头骨在15至25岁之间长合。
  • He fell out of the window and cracked his skull.他从窗子摔了出去,跌裂了颅骨。
11 illuminated 98b351e9bc282af85e83e767e5ec76b8     
  • Floodlights illuminated the stadium. 泛光灯照亮了体育场。
  • the illuminated city at night 夜幕中万家灯火的城市
12 intersections c67ecd1980278dab3ff2b496feea84b2     
n.横断( intersection的名词复数 );交叉;交叉点;交集
  • Traffic lights have been placed at all major intersections. 所有重要的交叉路口都安装了交通信号灯。
  • Intersections are of the greatest importance in highway design. 在道路设计中,交叉口占有最重要的地位。 来自辞典例句
13 concocted 35ea2e5fba55c150ec3250ef12828dd2     
v.将(尤指通常不相配合的)成分混合成某物( concoct的过去式和过去分词 );调制;编造;捏造
  • The soup was concocted from up to a dozen different kinds of fish. 这种汤是用多达十几种不同的鱼熬制而成的。
  • Between them they concocted a letter. 他们共同策划写了一封信。 来自《简明英汉词典》
14 brew kWezK     
  • Let's brew up some more tea.咱们沏些茶吧。
  • The policeman dispelled the crowd lest they should brew trouble.警察驱散人群,因恐他们酿祸。
15 quench ii3yQ     
  • The firemen were unable to quench the fire.消防人员无法扑灭这场大火。
  • Having a bottle of soft drink is not enough to quench my thirst.喝一瓶汽水不够解渴。
16 groaning groaning     
adj. 呜咽的, 呻吟的 动词groan的现在分词形式
  • She's always groaning on about how much she has to do. 她总抱怨自己干很多活儿。
  • The wounded man lay there groaning, with no one to help him. 受伤者躺在那里呻吟着,无人救助。
17 glide 2gExT     
  • We stood in silence watching the snake glide effortlessly.我们噤若寒蝉地站着,眼看那条蛇逍遥自在地游来游去。
  • So graceful was the ballerina that she just seemed to glide.那芭蕾舞女演员翩跹起舞,宛如滑翔。
18 cape ITEy6     
  • I long for a trip to the Cape of Good Hope.我渴望到好望角去旅行。
  • She was wearing a cape over her dress.她在外套上披着一件披肩。
19 ethnic jiAz3     
  • This music would sound more ethnic if you played it in steel drums.如果你用钢鼓演奏,这首乐曲将更具民族特色。
  • The plan is likely only to aggravate ethnic frictions.这一方案很有可能只会加剧种族冲突。
20 beads 894701f6859a9d5c3c045fd6f355dbf5     
n.(空心)小珠子( bead的名词复数 );水珠;珠子项链
  • a necklace of wooden beads 一条木珠项链
  • Beads of perspiration stood out on his forehead. 他的前额上挂着汗珠。
21 anonymous lM2yp     
  • Sending anonymous letters is a cowardly act.寄匿名信是懦夫的行为。
  • The author wishes to remain anonymous.作者希望姓名不公开。
22 pumpkin NtKy8     
  • They ate turkey and pumpkin pie.他们吃了火鸡和南瓜馅饼。
  • It looks like there is a person looking out of the pumpkin!看起来就像南瓜里有人在看着你!
23 helping 2rGzDc     
  • The poor children regularly pony up for a second helping of my hamburger. 那些可怜的孩子们总是要求我把我的汉堡包再给他们一份。
  • By doing this, they may at times be helping to restore competition. 这样一来, 他在某些时候,有助于竞争的加强。
24 random HT9xd     
  • The list is arranged in a random order.名单排列不分先后。
  • On random inspection the meat was found to be bad.经抽查,发现肉变质了。
25 edible Uqdxx     
  • Edible wild herbs kept us from dying of starvation.我们靠着野菜才没被饿死。
  • This kind of mushroom is edible,but that kind is not.这种蘑菇吃得,那种吃不得。
26 batch HQgyz     
  • The first batch of cakes was burnt.第一炉蛋糕烤焦了。
  • I have a batch of letters to answer.我有一批信要回复。
27 gatherings 400b026348cc2270e0046708acff2352     
聚集( gathering的名词复数 ); 收集; 采集; 搜集
  • His conduct at social gatherings created a lot of comment. 他在社交聚会上的表现引起许多闲话。
  • During one of these gatherings a pupil caught stealing. 有一次,其中一名弟子偷窃被抓住。
28 arenas 199b9126e4f57770e1c427caf458ae03     
表演场地( arena的名词复数 ); 竞技场; 活动或斗争的场所或场面; 圆形运动场
  • Demolition derbies are large-scale automobile rodeos that take place in big arenas. 撞车比赛指的是在很大的竞技场上举行的大型汽车驾驶技术表演。
  • Are there areas of privacy in the most public of arenas? 在绝大部分公开的场合中存在需要保护隐私的领域吗?
29 enjoyment opaxV     
  • Your company adds to the enjoyment of our visit. 有您的陪同,我们这次访问更加愉快了。
  • After each joke the old man cackled his enjoyment.每逢讲完一个笑话,这老人就呵呵笑着表示他的高兴。
30 hooting f69e3a288345bbea0b49ddc2fbe5fdc6     
(使)作汽笛声响,作汽车喇叭声( hoot的现在分词 ); 倒好儿; 倒彩
  • He had the audience hooting with laughter . 他令观众哄堂大笑。
  • The owl was hooting. 猫头鹰在叫。
31 owl 7KFxk     
  • Her new glasses make her look like an owl.她的新眼镜让她看上去像只猫头鹰。
  • I'm a night owl and seldom go to bed until after midnight.我睡得很晚,经常半夜后才睡觉。
32 scuttle OEJyw     
  • There was a general scuttle for shelter when the rain began to fall heavily.下大雨了,人们都飞跑着寻找躲雨的地方。
  • The scuttle was open,and the good daylight shone in.明朗的亮光从敞开的小窗中照了进来。
33 swoop nHPzI     
  • The plane made a swoop over the city.那架飞机突然向这座城市猛降下来。
  • We decided to swoop down upon the enemy there.我们决定突袭驻在那里的敌人。
34 extravagant M7zya     
  • They tried to please him with fulsome compliments and extravagant gifts.他们想用溢美之词和奢华的礼品来取悦他。
  • He is extravagant in behaviour.他行为放肆。
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