Great Ideas for Decorating Your Halloween House This Year!
“Before you haul the same fake cobwebs and skeletons out of storage for another spooky season of acceptable-but-nothing-special Halloween decor, allow us to nudge you toward some self-reflection: What if this year, you went all in? We have advice — and photos — from extreme decorators.” R. Kurzius, The Washington Post, October 13, 2022
ESL Voices Lesson Plan for this post
Excerpt: How to decorate for Halloween, according to spooky season die-hards, By Rachel Kurzius, The Washington Post, October 13, 2022
“What if this year, your house became ‘the crazy Halloween house?’
Pandora Rose’s home in Aurora, Colo., has carried that honorific since 2009, when she first transformed the modest 1980s residence into Darkrose Manor, festooned, depending on the year, with the trappings of a haunted forest or a ‘dark carnivale.’ Always a lover of Halloween, she and her husband married on the holiday. One year, after a costume contest fell through, she decided to surprise him with ‘super cheesy’ decorations.
‘We didn’t have a single trick-or-treater, but boy, we had so much fun just sitting there and enjoying the atmosphere.’ They have since built a business out of spooky production and art design.
Attracting trick-or-treaters is no longer a problem. Rose says her ghoulish adornments have given neighbors something to bond over: ‘We are very much a tightknit community that now comes together simply because of Halloween.’
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55 Frightfully Fun Halloween Activities, Crafts, and Games for the Classroom
“A chill is in the air, costumes are filling the stores, and Halloween is right around the corner. That means spooky season is upon us! Celebrate the season with these fun and creative Halloween activities, crafts, and games. You’ll find party games perfect for a class Halloween celebration as well as more educational finds like writing prompts and STEM and math challenges. There are enough Halloween activities on this list to do something different every day in October and then some!” ~We Are Teachers~
ESL Voices Lesson Plan for this post
These Vocabulary Words are for the first reading: How to decorate for Halloween, according to spooky season die-hards, By Rachel Kurzius, The Washington Post, October 13, 2022
II. While Reading Activities
Directions: Try to infer the meanings of the words in bold taken from the article. You can use a dictionary, thesaurus, and Word Chart for assistance.
- Many people use the same fake cobwebs every Halloween.
- Halloween is the spooky season.
- She decided to surprise him with ‘super cheesy’ decorations.
- Attracting trick-or-treaters is no longer a problem.
- We are very much a tightknit community.
- Professional haunted attractions often lead you through vignettes — for instance, an alien encounter followed by an eerie circus.
- Themes make decorating easier and more fun.
- Don’t traumatize the neighbors with your decorations.
- Indeed, across the board, realistic blood and guts were seen as no-nos.
- Halloween is also a recycling opportunity.
VOCABULARY ANSWER KEY
- cob·web | ˈkäbˌweb | noun (usually cobwebs) a spider’s web, especially when old and covered with dust: the wooden carvings were almost obliterated by cobwebs.• something resembling a cobweb in delicacy or intricacy: white cobwebs of frost.
- spook·y | ˈspo͞okē | adjective (spookier, spookiest) informal1 sinister or ghostly in a way that causes fear and unease: I bet this place is really spooky late at night.
- *cheesy- 1. Something that is unintentionally kitschy, tacky, or of poor quality, but these flaws go unnoticed by the admirers of said thing. 2.
- **trick-or-treater (ˈtrɪkˈər tritər ) noun a person, typically a child, who goes from door to door in costume on Halloween asking for candy or other treats
- **tightknit (ˈtaɪtˌnɪt ) adjective 1. tightly knit 2. well organized, esp. in a concise or unified way; a tightknit family
- vi·gnette | vinˈyet |noun1 a brief evocative description, account, or episode: a classic vignette of embassy life. 2 a small illustration or portrait photograph which fades into its background without a definite border.
- theme | THēm |noun1 the subject of a talk, a piece of writing, a person’s thoughts, or an exhibition; verb [with object] give a particular setting or ambience to (a venue or activity): the amusement park will be themed as a Caribbean pirate stronghold.
- trau·ma·tize | ˈtrôməˌtīz | verb [with object] subject to lasting shock as a result of an emotionally disturbing experience or physical injury: the children were traumatized by separation from their families.
- no-no | ˈnōˈnō | noun (plural no-nos) informal a thing that is not possible or acceptable: perming highlighted hair used to be a definite no-no, but it’s now possible.
- recycling | rēˈsīk(ə)liNG | noun the action or process of converting waste into reusable material: a call for the recycling of all paper. re·cy·cle verb [with object] convert (waste) into reusable material: car hulks were recycled into new steel | (as adjective recycled) : goods made of recycled materials.
New Oxford American Dictionary
**Collins English Dictionary