The 31st of October is Halloween. Although often thought of as an, “American Holiday”, this festival has taken over Madrid and many parts of the world. One need not be interested in learning English in Madrid, or in the Anglo-Saxon culture, to enjoy this fun-filled holiday.
Many Spaniards, and expats alike, take to the streets of Madrid and the clubs of Madrid dressed in costumes that frighten. Jessica, an American Teacher from The Language Corner Gandhi (a Language Academy near La Almudena, metro line 2) stated she is surprised at how many English students in San Blas dress for terror at Halloween. She said, “In the USA it is typical to see many different kinds of costumes. Halloween is really a time to get creative, when teaching English Lessons in Madrid. I talk to my students about different costume choices: movie themes, super heroes, sports stars, famous people, etc. Scary costumes are just another genre of the many costumes people wear”.
Dan, an English Teacher at The Language Corner La Elipa spoke of the increase he sees in children dressed in costumes walking around the English Academy located in the Ciudad Lineal neighbourhood. It is true, each year Halloween becomes more and more common.
Though Spain has taken on the costume ritual, Trick-or-Treating is not so popular. If learning English, it is interesting to understand the meaning of “Trick-or-Treating”. Trick means doing something mischievous and Treat means receiving candy. As an English language learner, don’t get confused. The person in costume says “Trick-or-Treat” and the person answering the door chooses rather or not to give candy.
TLC Gandhi’s (near Metro Gracia Noblejas in Ciudad Lineal) Lyndsey, one of the English Language teachers from Scotland, shares an interesting fact. “In Scotland country we celebrate Halloween rather differently; children must earn their candy as opposed to merely receiving it without merit”. Children earn candy by singing songs or reciting poetry.
Are you living in Madrid and want to improve your English skills? Why not try the Scottish way of Trick-or-Treating. It is called “Guising” (from the English word disguising). Make sure the song or poem you memorize is in English! The Language Corner and all of the native teachers would love to welcome you into this English school located 20 minutes from Sol. The academy has English classes for children and adults. You will improve your English, but also learn all about Anglo cultures around the world with a diverse Native staff in Madrid.