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  • Welcome to the Halloween lesson. My name is Jack, Jack-O'-Lantern.

  • Do you want to findout about me? Hello. It's Halloween -- my favorite time

  • of the year. I'm dressed like a frog. This is my costume, not my natural attire for teaching

  • at EngVid. My name is Ronnie. I'm a frog today. I'm going to teach you about my favorite holiday:

  • Halloween. You might be asking yourself, "What the hell is 'Halloween'? And why is Ronnie

  • wearing a frog costume? What is she doing?" Phew! That's hot. So what I'm going to go

  • through is what we do in Canada and in America for Halloween.

  • The first thing -- and the most exciting thing -- that we do when we're children is we go

  • trick or treating. So we wear a costume like this. Any costume you want, you can wear.

  • A lot of little girls like to be princesses or witches. It's really, really up to you.

  • It's your imagination -- let your imagination run wild. You can choose any costume you would

  • like. So what we do is we dress up in costumes and we go around our neighborhood to our houses

  • that live -- to the people that live around us, and we ring their doorbells, and we go,

  • "Trick or treat!" And the lovely people give us candy for free. We don't have to do anything.

  • You don't have to pay them money. They just give you free candy. As a child, I loved this,

  • as you can imagine. Little Ronnie going to houses, "Trick or treat! Give me candy." So

  • "trick or treat" -- "trick" means, like, a joke. And "treat" means like a snack or candy.

  • A long, long, long, long time ago, this actually had a meaning, but we'll get to that later.

  • As I've written down on the board too, we wear costumes -- anything you want. Some people

  • spend a lot of money on their costumes. I got mine in Japan, in Hokkaido. I think it

  • was $12, my frog costume. We wear costumes because it's fun to be another person. Usually,

  • trick or treating is only for children because when we get to a certain age, we can buy our

  • own candy -- buy your own candy. Get a job, okay? And when we get older, we still wear

  • costumes. It's fun. We usually go to a Halloween party. People dress up, drink a lot, have

  • fun. This thing, this guy right here -- it's not

  • a pumpkin. This is a pumpkin. A "pumpkin" is a fruit, and it's orange or it can be green,

  • and we usually eat it, but Jack-O'-Lanterns are very different. A Jack-O'-Lantern actually

  • has carvings into the pumpkin. "What a strange thing that you guys do, isn't it?" Jack-O'-Lantern

  • is a pumpkin with a face in it. So Jack-O'-Lantern has a face, and it's actually a pumpkin.

  • "Trick or treat! Smell my feet! Give me something good to eat!" Is what we used to say. Let's

  • go back in history. "Why? What is this? What are you doing here?" We have -- 2000 years

  • ago, the Celtic people -- now, these are people that lived in Ireland and Scotland and the

  • north of France -- they had a belief -- it's getting hot in here, guys -- that on October

  • 31st, which is actually called "All Hallows' Eve", that dead people returned to earth.

  • Now, I know if you are from Japan, you have a holiday called "Obon". I'm not really good

  • with the pronunciation. You believe that your ancestors come back to earth and visit you.

  • In Mexico -- arriba! What up? -- you guys have "Day of the Dead". Again, you believe

  • that the dead come back to the earth. This is the exact same thing, except in North America,

  • we have made it so that we get candy -- same idea.

  • So the pronunciation of this word -- Ah! Jeeze! Yeah. There's been some controversy of it.

  • Because it is a Celtic word -- it looks like it should be "Samhaiam" -- but it's actually

  • "Sah wvin". Now, there's been some debate. Is it Scottish Gaelic? Is it Gaelic? I

  • honestly do not speak Gaelic, obviously, and I've just looked on the Internet -- apparently,

  • it's called "Sah wvin". Sometimes it's called "So wvin" -- I don't know. Just call it Halloween,

  • okay? So 2000 years ago, Celtic people believed that dead people returned to the earth. Some of

  • these people were good people, but some of the people were evil, bad people. So what

  • they would do is they would wear animal skin -- like a frog -- costumes to disguise themselves

  • so that the evil spirits didn't take their souls. So the costumes come from people actually

  • wearing animal skins to disguise themselves. So we've stolen this, but unfortunately, we've

  • made our costumes cute or sexy. "Hey, look! I'm a sexy pirate." Good. Why don't you be

  • a pirate with one eye that eats people, okay? Then we have trick or treat. Trick or treat

  • happened probably after this, and a long story short, people would go to other people's houses,

  • and they would pray for their ancestors. In return, the richer people would give the poor

  • people food. So this is how we get the door-to-door trick or treating.

  • Jack-O'-Lantern, this guy: Jack was, apparently, a real man. He was a man. He apparently had

  • a deal with the devil that he'd sell his soul, blah, blah, blah -- selling his soul to the

  • devil. Long story short, he tricked the devil, and he actually made it to heaven. But the

  • powers that be above, said, "Oh, Jack, you're not coming into heaven." And they give him

  • one single coal for him to find his way to heaven. What Jack did, being a very smart

  • gentleman, is he put the coal inside a turnip. Now, a turnip is a fruit, and it kind of looks

  • like a vegetable. There're many different kinds of turnips, but the typical, I guess,

  • Celtic turnip or turnip from the U.K. would look like this. It's a big pear. So the story

  • goes that he put a coal, a lit coal, which would give off light, inside a turnip. Now,

  • when the people came from Ireland or from the United Kingdom to North America, they

  • didn't have turnips; they had pumpkins. So instead of using a turnip, they used the pumpkin,

  • carved a face, put the light in it, and ta-dah! Jack. The guy's name was Jack.

  • Devil's Night, Devil's Night. This is the one night of the year where you can do whatever

  • you want and not get arrested -- not true. Devil's Night is a tradition -- it's kind

  • of a bad tradition. It's October 30th. This is not based on history, but it happens the

  • night before Halloween. Halloween is every October 31st. It doesn't matter if it's a

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday; it's always October 31st.

  • Devil's Night is the night before, where traditionally people go out and just cause a ruckus. They

  • put toilet paper on buildings; they take pumpkins and they smash them. All that time and energy

  • that I had to make Jack perfect -- smashed. Devil's Night is pretty bad.

  • So hopefully, now you know why I get so excited about Halloween. It's based on Celtic history;

  • it has a meaning; and in your country, maybe you have something similar to this.

  • Well, I'm off to steal candy from children. Goodbye.

Welcome to the Halloween lesson. My name is Jack, Jack-O'-Lantern.

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