“Argument: As a child my favorite holiday was always Halloween and still is to this day.
Support 1: The first thing to know is where the holiday Halloween originated from.
Support 2: In modern days, we do a hodge-podge of the traditions from the various ancient histories.
Support 3: My final reason why Halloween is my favorite holiday is because we can dress up and be somebody else for at least a few hours.
Thesis: Halloween is my favorite holiday because people get dressed up, parade around, receive candy, and get spooked by unknown events, and
also the history is really interesting.
B. Model Essay
As a child my favorite holiday was always Halloween. As I grew up, I thought that I would grow out of the desire to dress up and scare
people. However, this urge to frighten others never disappeared. I’m pretty sure that this passion comes from my own mother’s love of Halloween.
Halloween is often times only a holiday for the youth, but children and adults of all ages and nationalities can partake in this exciting and spooky
holiday.
The first thing to know is where the holiday Halloween originated from. It happens every year on the 31st of October and is most notably
celebrated in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada. The name Halloween originated from the shortening of the words ‘All
Hallows Evening.’ Furthermore, it is actually a celebration from the Celtic times called Samhain. The ancient Gaels believed that every year on the
31st of October, when the harvest season was over, the worlds of the living and the dead would overlap, causing the deceased to come back to
life and bring havoc upon the crops. Festivals were held, and costumes were worn to ward off the evil spirits. Bonfires would attract insects, which
would attract bats, hence the bat as a symbol for Halloween. Another key point is the act of trick-or-treating. This came about from the Medieval
Times, where beggars would go from door to door asking for food in return for prayers for their dead ancestors.
In modern days, we do a hodge-podge of the traditions from the various ancient histories. In America, we have many interesting activities
during this time of year. One of my favorites is the haunted house. We willingly pay money to go inside of a dark and scary house, where the walls
are moving, creatures will sneak up behind you and scare the living day lights out of you, and there are horrific looking scenes of bloody
dismembered bodies strewn on a table. To many people, this might be too much for their stomachs to handle, but for me, I get a thrill out of it!
One of my favorite haunted houses that I had the pleasure of experiencing was in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is ordinarily called the Eastern State
Penitentiary, but during the Halloween season it is called “Terror Behind the Walls.” This place is a real jail where people have died and bad things
have happened, so it makes the experience more realistic to the participants of the dark maze.
My final reason why Halloween is my favorite holiday is because we can dress up and be somebody else for at least a few hours. Throughout
my childhood I have had the wonderful experience of being many different people and things. My mom was the creator of my costumes, as well as
my two sisters’ costumes. We were black cats, friendly witches, Peter Pan, cute ghosts, ballerinas, and princesses. But, as we got older, our minds
changed and we grew up, and so did our costumes. In our teenage years, we were belly dancers, more vicious looking ghosts and witches, 1970’s
disco girls, and more. It’s always fun to dress up and be somebody else because it feels like you are putting on a play for your friends. You have to
act like the character you are dressed up as in order to get the sweet treats from the neighbors’ candy bowls.
To conclude, Halloween is a very popular holiday around the world. It is a day where people get dressed up, parade around, receive candy,
and get spooked by unknown events. It can be a frightening day for others, but for me it is an exhilarating feeling to feel the blood rush through my
body when something jumps out in front of me in a dark maze. I look forward to the next Halloween where I will dress up as Alice-InWonderland!
C. Useful Expressions
1. As a child my favorite holiday was always Halloween.
2. As I grew up, I thought that I would grow out of the desire to dress up and scare people.
3. I’m pretty sure that this passion comes from my own mother’s love of Halloween.
4. Halloween is often times only a holiday for the youth, but children and adults of all ages and nationalities can partake in this exciting and spooky
holiday.
5. The first thing to know is where the holiday Halloween originated from.
6. Furthermore, it is actually a celebration from the Celtic times called Samhain.
7. To many people, this might be too much for their stomachs to handle, but for me, I get a thrill out of it!
8. It can be a frightening day for others, but for me it is an exhilarating feeling to feel the blood rush through my body when something jumps out in
front of me in a dark maze.
9. I look forward to the next Halloween where I will dress up as Alice-In-Wonderland!
Q204. Describe how you learn a foreign language. Why do you learn this way and is it the best way for you to learn?
A. Essay Outline”