- Ask pupils what they know about trick-or-treating.
- Give the pupils a copy of the Trick or treat webquest worksheet.
- Tell the students they are going to work in pairs and find out about trick-or-treating.
- Set up the task by giving the class the context: Trick-or-treating is one of the most popular customs of modern day celebrations of Halloween.
- Check the students’ understanding of the task. Check they understand the American English: parking lot, trunk and candy.
- Monitor your class as they work through the webquest.
- a)What medieval practice is linked to the modern day trick-or-treating? souling
- b)Where is guising thought to originate from? Scotland and Ireland
- c)When did it start in the USA? 19th century but was not very popular
- a)Where does the tradition of dressing up come from? It is a Celtic tradition
- b)Why did people dress up? To avoid being recognised by ghosts on Halloween
- a)Why were Halloween celebrations toned down during the Second World War? Due to sugar rationing and the serious nature of war.
- b)Why did trick-or-treating become popular in the 1950s and 1960s? Trick-or-treating was seen as a family activity in the newly built suburbs.
- a)What is a trunk-or-treat? Trunk or Treat was created as a fun, safe and convenient way for children and families to Trick or Treat.
- b)Where does the event take place? The event takes place in a parking lot (a car park) and the trunk (boot) of the car is filled with sweets.
Optional online project
Now ask your students to take the information they have found and present it as an online project. For ideas on how to carry out online projects, see this article here