Halloween is coming: Here are some Halloween words to practise

To be prepared for any form of Halloween, to understand the correct Halloween terms, we have prepared a list for you.

Andre Kern
Andre Kern

The main holiday celebrated on this day is called Halloween and traditionally lasts from around 31 October until 2 November. It was not until the 1800s that Halloween became the name we use today. Originally, Halloween was just another word for “All Hallows Eve” – Hallows Eve or “Evening” is traditionally known as the evening before All Saints Day celebrated by Christians on November 1. It was not until late Victorian times that Halloween became popular as a separate holiday, with customs such as children dressing up as ghosts and witches. Some older traditions include trick-or-treating and carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns; these were exported from Ireland.

There are many ways to describe Halloween

It is a secular celebration in all parts of the US and has also gained popularity in parts of Asia and Europe. The emergence of Halloween words is now common in many parts of the world. To be prepared for any form of Halloween, to understand the correct Halloween terms, we have prepared a list for you.

Halloween terms: the meanings

There are many words that go with Halloween. The word “costume” is used to describe what people wear on this special night. Another word that is related to Halloween is “candy,” which is bought to hand out to Trick-or-Treaters.

On Halloween, children and teenagers like to dress in costumes and go door to door for candy and other treats. This tradition is called trick-or-treating which is the act of going door-to-door in scary costumes.

Trick or treat: Said on Halloween, for example, when children dress up in costumes and ring doorbells. As soon as the door opens they say: “trick or treat” - meaning give me sweets or there will be trouble (of course this is a joke).

Candy corn: Candy corn is a traditional Halloween candy that is triangular in shape to look like corn kernels. Its yellow and orange colors represent autumn and the fall harvest.

Pumpkin: Pumpkins are large, orange vegetables used to make jack-o'-lanterns. A jack-o'-lantern is an emptied and carved-out pumpkin with scary or funny facial expressions. It is used as a lantern by placing a candle or light inside. These are used as Halloween decorations both inside and outside the home.

Halloween vocabulary list

afterlife (an existence after death)
spine-chilling (horrifying)
nightmare (a bad dream)
howl (scream)
haunted house (a cursed house or a house full of ghosts)
cemetery (graveyard)
After (2012)
Halloween (2007)
When We First Met (2018)
Heathers (1988)
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