Halloween Vocabulary – A to Z

Halloween is the day when the ghosts, spirits, undead, monsters, vampires and werewolves come to life and scare everyone to death!!!

October 31st is the day every year when lots of people dress up in costumes to try to frighten each other.

It is a very common tradition for young children to get dressed up in a costume and to go ‘trick or treating’ to local houses.

Most people give the children sweets as a treat, but if they don’t then the custom is for children to play a trick, like throwing an egg or do something scary to the people.

Watch our video of words that are associated with Halloween, then read the descriptions/definitions below.


Autumn – the season (Spring, Summer and Winter are the other 3) of the year when October 31st happens.

Bat – a small flying animal that people are scared of. Vampires are supposed to turn into bats

Blood – the red liquid that is in your body. Vampires drink blood of other people to survive

Boo – the word that you shout as a surprise when you want to scare someone

Candle – a cylinder of wax that you light with a match. The little flame gives light in the night. People put candles in pumpkins on Halloween

Cemetery – the place where dead people are buried in the ground (also known as ‘graveyard’)

Costume – an outfit that helps you pretend to be something else. People wear scary costumes on Halloween

Dead – the opposite of alive

Devil – the most evil spirit

Evil – bad, wicked, extremely unpleasant, associated with the devil

Fangs – sharp, pointed upper teeth that are used for cutting into flesh. Vampires have long fangs like a wolf

Frightening – making someone afraid

Ghost – a spirit of a person that is dead but can be seen by living people

Haunted – a place that has ghosts in it

Horror – an intense feeling of fear or shock. A horror film will scare the people watching it

Howl – a long sad cry made by a wolf, or a loud cry of pain or fear made by a person


For the words that you see in the video from M to Z, please CLICK HERE FOR PART 2 of Halloween Vocabulary.

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