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Halloween Vocabulary

Halloween Vocabulary
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Learn some useful vocabulary about Halloween

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1- Look at the words and think of its meaning and pronunciation 2- Move your mouse over the black button to check your answer. 3- If you were right, click on the green button, if wrong, click on the red.


Item Match Pronunciation Comments
All Hallows Eve Another name for Halloween /ɔ:l hləʊz i:v/
apparition A transparent, ghostly figure /pərɪʃən/
bag a container for candy/sweets used by kids who dress up in customes to carry the sweets they collect /bg/
banshee an unhappy, wailing ghost which features in Irish and Scottish folklore. /bnʃi:/ Banshees are said to appear when somebody is about to die.
bat a small flying mammal, with leathery wings /bt/ According to legend, vampires are said to be able to turn into bats.
black the darkest colour and the colour of the night. /blk/
black cat They are said to bring good luck in parts of the UK and Ireland. /blk kt/ According to folklore, black cats are said to have supernatural powers and witches often keep them as pets.
In most places, though, black cats are supposed to be unlucky (because they are associated to witches)
blood red liquid running through veins of people and warm blooded creatures /blʌd/
bloodcurdling a chilling, scary sound often used to describe screems. Terrifying. /blʌd kɜ:*dlɪŋ/
bogeyman a fictional scary person used to frighten children who misbehave /bʊgɪmn/ This monster has no specific appearance in the mind of an adult or child, but is simply a non-specific embodiment of terror.
bones hard pieces of a person's or animal's skeleton /bəʊnz/
boo! a word which is sometimes used to frighten people when playing tricks /bu:/
broom a type of brush with a long wooden handle used by witches to fly, according to legend /brʊm/ Also broomstick
candle a wax cylinder with a wick in the middle that can be lit with a match to provide light /kndəl/
candy sweet treats given to children at Halloween /kndɪ/ used in American English. In British English the word is SWEET
cape a long and voluminous outer garment, or cloak. Often worn by vampires. /keɪp/
casket coffin /kɑ:skɪt/
cauldron a cooking pot used by witches to brew spells /kɔ:ldrən/
cemetery a place where dead people are buried /semətrɪ/ also: GRAVEYARD
cloak an outer garment or cape /kləʊk/ vampires wear a long black clock on their backs, often with a red lining
coffin a container for a dead body; generally made of wood and lined with silk with a hinged lid /kɒfɪn/
corpse a dead body /kɔ:ps/
costume a make-believe outfit worn for fun at Halloween /kɒstju:m/ also DISGUISE or FANCY DRESS
creepy unsettling or scary /kri:pɪ/
demon a devil /di:mən/
devil an evil spirit /devɪl/
disguise a costume, often worn for fun at Halloween parties by adults and children alike /dɪsgs/ also: FANCY DRESS
evil malicious, bad, ill intentioned /i:vəl/
fangs sharp, pointy upper front teeth, designed for piercing flesh /fŋgz/ for example, vampires have two fangs to bite people on their necks and suck blood
festival a celebration or special event /festɪvəl/
fiend a monster or demon /fi:nd/ also an old word for ENEMY
frightening scary /frtnɪŋ/
ghost undead spirit that haunts houses /gəʊst/
ghostly having an appearance or nature similar to a ghost /gəʊstlɪ/
ghoul a fictional flesh eating monster that is said to rob graves, according to folklore /gu:l/
goblin a small, ugly, mischevious creature with a reputation for causing trouble /gɒblɪn/
gory bloody, macabre /gɔ:rɪ/
grave a burial space for a coffin in a cemetery /greɪv/ Also: TOMB
graveyard a place where dead people are buried /greɪv jɑ:*d/ Also called CEMETERY
Grim Reaper the name traditionally used to symbolise Death /grɪm ri:pə*/ In European folklore, Death is usually depicted as a skeleton in a long black cloak, carrying a scythe.
grisly horrid, gruesome, bloody /grɪzlɪ/
gruesome repellent, horrible, bloody, macabre /gru:səm/
haunted a place frequented by ghosts or other spirits of the death /hɔ:ntɪd/
horror shock or fright /hɒrə*/ Horror films are very popular and are often shown on television at Halloween
howl a high pitched noise made by wolves and dogs /haʊl/
Jack O'Lantern a lantern carved from a pumpkin with a candle inside /dʒk əlntə*n/
lantern a type of lamp /lntə*n/
magic the ability or power to make things happen by casting spells; performing tricks /mdʒɪk/
mausoleum an ornate, stone cemetery building, built to house the coffins of rich or famouse people /mɔ:səlɪəm/ Also for members of the same family.
monster a fearful, horrid imaginary creature /mɒnstə*/
moon large, round satellite that revolves around The Earth which can be seen in the sky at night /mu:n/
mummy a dead person who was buried wrapped in bandages /mʌmɪ/ based on the Egyptian mummies wrapped in bandages inside a sarcophagus.
nightmare a scary bad dream /ntmeə*/
phantom a ghostly apparition /fntəm/
prank a trick or practical joke /prŋk/
pumpkin an orange vegetable which is often carved and hollowed out to make Halloween lanterns /pʌmkɪn/
scary something which is frightening /skrɪ/
scythe a long, sharp and curved blade /saɪ/
shadow a dark shape cast by an object positioned between a surface and a source of light dəʊ/
shock fright /fraɪt/
skeleton the hard inner frame of a person's or an animal's body, formed from bones that join together /skelətən/
skull the bony part of the head, attached to a person's skeleton /skʌl/
spell a magic rite cast by witches /spel/
spider an insect with eight legs that spins webs /spdə*/
spirits the ghosts of dead people /spɪrɪts/
spooky midly scary though often in a fun way /spu:kɪ/
sweets sugary treats given to children at Halloween /swi:ts/ in American English the word used is CANDIES
to frighten to scare /tə frtən/
to scare to frighten a person or animal /tə skeə*/
tomb a place where a dead person has been buried /tu:m/
tombstone a large, upright stone placed at the head of a grave /tu:mstəʊn/ They often have information about the person who is buried in the grave carved into them, such as their date of birth, when they died or another information about their life.
treat a fun and unexpected surprise designed to please someone /tri:t/
trick a practical joke /trɪk/
trick or treat What children say when they come to your door asking for sweets/candies /trɪk ə tri:t/ Children dress up in costumes and visit people's houses in search of sweets (British English) or candies (American English). They knock on the door and say "trick or treat", and they are given sweets. The idea is that if you don't TREAT them, they will TRICK you instead (to trick: to do something bad to you).
vampire an undead creature who sleeps in a coffin by day and ventures out at night to drink people's blood /vmpaɪə*/
wand a stick used for casting magic spells /wɒnd/
warlock a male witch /wɔ:*lɒk/
web spiders spin these to catch flies /web/
werewolf a person who turns into a wolf whenever there is a full moon /wwʊlf/ According to folklore, if a person is bitten by a werewolf, then they become a werewolf too.
Wicca a modern pagan witchcraft religion /wɪkə/ Wicca is a pagan religion born in 20th century England though they claim to feed on old traditions in an effort to gain some credibility. It is a religion centred upon the idea of gender polarity and the worship of two deities: Moon Goddess and Horned God.
wicked bad or evil /wɪkɪd/
witch a woman believed to have evil magical powers /wɪtʃ/
witchcraft magic practised by witches /wɪtʃkrɑ:ft/
wraith a Scottish word that means ghost /reɪθ/
zombie a living dead (and a man-eating creature) /zɒmbɪ/
Total number of items: 85

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