Answer Key: Halloween Decorations

Lesson Plan: Halloween Decorations are Over the Top This Year!

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. animatronics  |ˌanəməˈträniks| pl.noun [treated as singular] the technique of making and operating lifelike robots, typically for use in film or other entertainment.
  2. inflatable |inˈflādəb(ə)l| adjective capable of being filled with air: an inflatable mattress.
  3. boost  |bo͞ost| noun a source of help or encouragement leading to increase or improvement: the cut in interest rates will give a further boost to the economy.
  4. decor |dāˈkôr| noun the furnishing and decoration of a room.
  5. decorate|ˈdekəˌrāt| verb [with object] 1 make (something) look more attractive by adding extra items or images to it.
  6. surge  |sərj|  verb [no object] • increase suddenly and powerfully, typically during an otherwise stable or quiescent period: shares surged to a record high.
  7. pandemic |panˈdemik| adjective (of a disease) prevalent over a whole country or the world.
  8. motivator  |ˈmōdəˌvādər| noun something that provides a reason or stimulus to do something: fear is a powerful motivator | music can be a great exercise motivator.
  9. elaborate  adjective |əˈlab(ə)rət| involving many carefully arranged parts or details; detailed and complicated in design and planning: elaborate security precautions | elaborate wrought-iron gates.
  10. cauldron   |ˈkôldrən| (also caldron) noun a large metal pot with a lid and handle, used for cooking over an open fire.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary 

Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage

I – 1-You’re

You’re not imagining it.

II – 3 – to

It was a way to bring joy to kids.

III –  1 – to

This year, 52 percent of Americans are planning to decorate for Halloween.

Reading Comprehension Identify The  Speakers

  1. “It was a way to bring joy to kids who may not be able to ask for candy, but could still walk around the neighborhood and see decorations.” Katherine Cullen, senior director for industry and consumer insights for NRF
  2. “Feedback was the biggest motivator…Neighbors would stop by and say, We love your house.” Steve and Samantha Sardella of Tewksbury
  3. “There wasn’t much for people to do, but at least they could drive around and look at lights — like they do during Christmastime.” Maureen Lawson and Tim MacLean of Wilmington
  4. “It starts with a princess castle that I turn into a haunted castle…I board up the windows and put up spider webs, and then the majority of the front yard is light-up pumpkins.” Ian and Beth Grigorio of Milton