One story about Jack, an Irishman, who was not allowed into Heaven because
he was stingy with his money. So he was sent to hell. But down there he
played tricks on the Devil (Satan), so he was kicked out of Hell and made
to walk the earth forever carrying a lantern.
Well, Irish children made Jack's lanterns on October 31st from a large
potato or turnip, hollowed out with the sides having holes and lit by little
candles inside. And Irish children would carry them as they went from house
to house begging for food for the village Halloween festival that honored
the Druid god Muck Olla. The Irish name for these lanterns was "Jack with
the lantern" or "Jack of the lantern," abbreviated as " Jack-o'-lantern"
and now spelled "jack-o-lantern."
The traditional Halloween you can read about in most books was just children's
fun night. Halloween celebrations would start in October in every elementary
Children would make Halloween decorations, all kinds of orange-paper
jack-o-lanterns. And from black paper you'd cut "scary" designs ---an evil
witch with a pointed hat riding through the sky on a broomstick, maybe
with black bats flying across the moon, and that meant bad luck. And of
course black cats for more bad luck. Sometimes a black cat would ride away
into the sky on the back of the witch's broom.
And on Halloween night we'd dress up in Mom or Dad's old shoes and clothes,
put on a mask, and be ready to go outside. The little kids (children younger
than we were) had to go with their mothers, but we older ones went together
to neighbors' houses, ringing their doorbell and yelling, "Trick or treat!"
meaning, "Give us a treat (something to eat) or we'll play a trick on you!"
The people inside were supposed to come to the door and comment on our
Oh! here's a ghost. Oh, there's a witch. Oh, here's an old lady.
Sometimes they would play along with us and pretend to be scared by some
ghost or witch. But they would always have some candy and maybe an apple
to put in our "trick or treat bags." But what if no one come to the door,
or if someone chased us away? Then we'd play a trick on them, usually taking
a piece of soap and make marks on their windows. .And afterwards we would
go home and count who got the most candy.
One popular teen-agers' Halloween trick was to unroll a roll of toilet
paper and throw it high into a tree again and again until the tree was
all wrapped in the white paper. The paper would often stay in the tree
for weeks until a heavy snow or rain washed it off. No real harm done,
but it made a big mess of both the tree and the yard under it. One kind
of Halloween mischief.
1. was stingy with：对……吝啬。Stingy这个词你可不要去模仿，因为他是“吝啬的”意思，要不你可要成为“葛朗台”了！但你可要注意stinggy这个形容词词是和介词with连用的呀！
2. carrying a lantern：拿着灯笼。这里用carrying作walk的伴随状语，更生动地说明可怜的Jack无论走到哪里手里都要提着灯笼了。好累呀！
3. neighbors' houses：邻居的屋子。Neighbors本身已经是复数，有一个“s”了。如果表示“邻居的”，就不能加“'s”（太累赘），而要直接加“'”了。所以就是neighbors'
4. come to the door：应门。“走到门前面”自然就是要来开门看看是哪些小调皮在捣乱啦！
5. unroll a roll of toilet paper：打开一卷纸。这么多roll，可别怵！roll是“卷、卷起”的意思，a roll
of toilet paper是一卷手纸；unroll则是roll（卷起）的反义词“打开”的意思，所以就是“打开一卷手纸”了！
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