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美国人庆祝万圣节 (Halloween) :1031

每到了1031日,孩子和大人们都会打扮成魔鬼与妖精,或是公主与海盗的模样。许多美国人会穿着特别的服装来庆祝万圣节的常规习俗,同时也会说一些有关巫婆与鬼魂的故事。南瓜会被雕刻成烛光闪耀的南瓜灯 (jack-o'-lantern) 。孩子们会挨家挨户的敲门,并且大叫:「捣蛋或请客」 (Trick or Treat) ,希望大人们能帮他们把袋子装满糖果。对那些参加活动的人来说,这一晚是相当有趣的;但是万圣节在美国的历史上却代表着黑暗的一刻。

Every October 31, both children and adults slip into the night as ghouls and goblins, princesses and pirates. Many Americans celebrate the traditions of Halloween by dressing in costumes and telling tales of witches and ghosts. Pumpkins are carved into glowering jack-o'-lanterns. Children parade from house to house, knocking on doors and calling out "Trick or treat!" hoping to have their bags filled with candy. It can be a night of fun for those who participate, but the history of Halloween in America has a darker side.

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