Essay about history of halloween

1290 Words Nov 20th, 2013 6 Pages
Hailey Hause
COMM 130
The Culture of Halloween
(Informative Speech with Visual Aids)

I. Introduction:
A. Attention Getter: Halloween is one of the world’s oldest and most celebrated holidays.
B. Topic Link: The holidays connection to it’s origins have mostly fallen by the wayside, and a number of new American traditions have developed.
C. Thesis Statement: Going from what the meaning of Halloween is in America today and looking back at it’s roots, it has evolved dramatically. And just recently we have been seeing a comeback from one of those roots, but do we know it’s real cultural significance?
D. Preview MP’s: “To get a better understanding I will…”
D.1) First, describe the American
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I’m sure we’ve all seen some girls in some questioning halloween costumes. Like wearing a pink bra and a pink tutu and saying you are a flamingo or the classic black dress and cat ears. But hey props to those girls, they must have been working hard to fit in that costume and they all look forward to Halloween to show it off.
B.3) Impact: What Halloween means to teens and young adults in America is looking hot and partying.
C. Subpoint 3
C.1) Claim: Apart from the candy and the questionable costumes, another huge part of Halloween in American culture today is wanting to get scared.
C.2) Support (Evidence): Ouija Boards, Vampires, Werewolves, all things related to death or the supernatural. Community haunted houses, horror movies, Knott’s Scary Farm, Universal Studios. We actually pay money to get scared, because it’s fun.
C.3) Impact: Getting scared gives you adrenaline and a lot of Americans find it enjoyable.
 Transition Statement So although we all consider these things to be what Halloween is, it actually comes from very different cultural origins.
III. Main Point 2 Topic Sentence
A. Subpoint 1
A.1) Claim: Halloween has its roots in Samhain (pronounced sow-in), an ancient harvest festival held at the end of the Celtic year on October 31st. The festival marked the end of summer and the beginning of a dark, cold wintertime in ancient Britian and Ireland, the

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