The Culture of Halloween
OUTLINE FORMAT FOR SECOND MAJOR SPEECH
(Informative Speech with Visual Aids)
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 traditions of Halloween that we have adopted. D.2) Second, I will explain the origins and the real cultural tradition of Halloween. D.3) Third, I will discuss a major way in which the roots of the Holiday’s culture is increasing in popularity. Transition Statement: So, what does Halloween mean in American culture today? II. Main Point 1 Topic Sentence:
A. Subpoint 1
A.1) Claim: For the younger kids, dressing up and trick or treating is the main event. Candy, Candy, Candy. That’s what the kids want. A.2) Support (Evidence): In the article, How Halloween Works, Tom Harris states that 85-90% of children in the US participate in trick or treating and that Americans spend an estimated $6 billion annually on Halloween candy and decorations, making it the country's second largest commercial holiday. A.3) Impact: Halloween for the US has kind of turned into a business. B. Subpoint 2
B.1) Claim: For the teenagers and young adults, the candy is hardly the main focus when it comes to Halloween these days. It’s all about the costume PARTIES! Dressing up and drinking! B.2) Support (Evidence) Quoted in the movie Mean Girls “Halloween is the one time a year when a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it....
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