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Halloween Informational Text (Grade 5)

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Halloween Informational Text

"Trick or treat!
Smell my feet!
Give me something good to eat!
If you don't, I don't care.
I'll pull down your underwear!"

Kids have been asking for treats using this and other silly phrases for nearly 100 years. However, the concept of trick or treating was started thousands of years ago.

It's hard to know which period of history inspired trick or treating, but many think it comes from Medieval times. During those times, people celebrated All Souls Day. The holiday was held on November 2. On All Souls Day, poor people would go to the homes of wealthier people where they would receive soul cakes in exchange for agreeing to pray for the souls of dead relatives. This was called souling. In Ireland and Scotland, All Souls Day was a little different. In these countries, children would dress up and recite songs or poems in exchange for coins, fruits, or nuts. This was called guising.

Many think that immigrants from Europe brought revived the traditions of souling and guising when they came to the United States, but the actual tradition of organized trick or treating did not start until the 1930s. After World War II, trick or treating started to become a really big deal. Candy companies started to make candy just for Halloween. Other companies started selling costumes, encouraging kids to buy a costume rather than make their own. Today, Americans spend billions dollars on costumes and candy every year, but it's worth it for a little free candy and a whole lot of fun.
Which holiday most likely inspired trick or treating?
  1. Halloween
  2. All Souls Day
  3. Christmas
  4. Witching Day
During Medieval Times, children dressed up and went house to house. This was called:
  1. trick or treating
  2. souling
  3. costuming
  4. praying
Why did the author most likely write this passage?
  1. to describe All Souls Day
  2. to explain the history of Halloween
  3. to share how trick or treating got started
  4. to describe different types of treats kids get
What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. Halloween has been celebrated for centuries.
  2. Coins, fruits, and nuts used to be given for trick or treat.
  3. Americans spend billions of dollars on costumes and candy each year.
  4. All Souls Day traditions likely inspired modern-day trick or treating.
Only children went from door to door during All Souls Day.
  1. True
  2. False
Guising took place in:
  1. the United States
  2. Ireland
  3. Asia
  4. Mexico
The author wants to add a section on trick or treating before World War II. Where would that information best fit in the text?
  1. before paragraph one
  2. after paragraph one
  3. before paragraph 3
  4. at the end of the text
According to the author, what helped make trick or treating a big deal after World War II?
  1. People needed prayers.
  2. Companies started selling candy and costumes.
  3. Kids liked dressing up more.
  4. Schools taught about All Souls Day.
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