100+ Spooky Halloween Vocabulary Words for Kids

Updated on August 13, 2019
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Candace is a mom, mad scientist, and enthusiast of all things spooky. Needless to say, Halloween is her favorite holiday.

Halloween is a great time to combine fun with education—here are some spooky vocabulary words you can use in your celebrations.
Halloween is a great time to combine fun with education—here are some spooky vocabulary words you can use in your celebrations. | Source

This autumn, make vocabulary fun by incorporating word exercises into your children's Halloween celebrations. The words in these lists can be used in charades, story-writing, word searches, and other fun activities to introduce an educational twist to this year's Halloween.

Over 100 Halloween-related words are included in these vocabulary lists. Topics include trick or treating, monsters, scary sounds, gross materials, body parts, mad science, magic, and more! Spanish and French Halloween vocabulary is included as well.

Vocabulary Terms and Phrases for Halloween

All Hallows' Eve
Lantern
Prank
Costume
Make-believe
Sweets
Darkness
Monster
Shadows
Decorations
Moonlight
Spiderweb
Disguise
Night
Supernatural
Dress-up
October
Superstition
Holiday
Orange
Thirty-first
Jack-o'-lantern
Party
Trick or treat
These are some basic Halloween words for a variety of reading levels.

How do you mend a broken jack-o'-lantern?

With a pumpkin patch!

Fall/Autumn Vocabulary Words

Acorn
Gourd
Pumpkin
Autumn
Harvest
Scarecrow
Cornmaze
Hayride
Squash
Crop
Leaves
Squirrel
Crow
Plow
Turkey
These words relate to the fall season and harvest time.
Spiderweb (noun): A silken web made by a spider.
Spiderweb (noun): A silken web made by a spider. | Source

Creepy Creatures That Love Halloween

Bat
Hound
Raccoon
Bug
Owl
Spider
Cat
Rat
Tarantula
Crow
Snake
Worm
Some of these words are good for younger children who are just learning how to spell. A few are a little more advanced.

Costume Idea Vocabulary Words

Animal
Orc
Queen
Cartoon character
Pirate
Superhero
Fairy
Pixie
Vampire
King
Prince
Warlock
Ninja
Princess
Werewolf
These words relate to popular Halloween costumes. Write each one on a flashcard and see if your child can match them to images of the costumes.

What do the birds sing on Halloween?

Twick or Tweet!

Trick-or-Treat Vocabulary Words

Apple
Fangs
Mask
Candy
Flashlight
Nighttime
Cloak
Goodies
Safety
Costume
Gown
Treat bag
Doorbell
Hat
Wig
Face paint
Makeup
Yummy
This list includes words that have to do with trick-or-treating. They range from short and easy to longer and more difficult.
Skeleton (noun): An internal framework of bone and cartilage that supports the body of an animal.
Skeleton (noun): An internal framework of bone and cartilage that supports the body of an animal. | Source

Monsters and Creatures From Horror Movies

Alien
Giant
Vampire
Boogeyman
Goblin
Villain
Cyclops
Mummy
Warlock
Extraterrestrial
Mutant
Werewolf
Ghost
Shapeshifter
Witch
Ghoul
Troll
Zombie
These are some of the most well-known monsters and scary creatures related to Halloween. Some may not be appropriate for younger children.

Why did Dracula take cold medicine?

To stop his coffin!

Famous Halloween Characters

Addams Family
Frankenstein
Maleficent
Beetlejuice
Great Pumpkin
Scooby Doo
Casper
Harry Potter
Spookley, the Square Pumpkin
Cruella de Vil
Headless Horseman
Ursula
Dracula
Jack Skellington
Voldemort
These are famous, kid-friendly creatures that are not necessarily horror film characters. Younger children may not recognize some of these character names.

Scary Vocabulary Word List

Alarming
Fear
Scary
Bloodcurdling
Frighten
Shocking
Boo
Goosebumps
Spine-chilling
Chilling
Hair-rising
Spooky
Creepy
Horrify
Startling
Eek
Nightmare
Unnerving
Eerie
Petrified
Wicked
Halloween can be a scary time. These are words that describe fear. Many of these words are great for older children to learn. Use these words as a way to introduce the concept of synonyms.

Gross Vocabulary Words

Boogers
Mucus
Revolting
Goo
Ooze
Rotten
Gory
Pus
Slimy
Icky
Repulsive
Snot
Children like talking about and playing with gross things. Have your children list as many gross or disgusting words they can think of for a bit of Halloween fun.

Why can't skeletons play music in church?

Because they don't have organs!

Body Part Vocabulary Words

Blood
Eyeballs
Heart
Bones
Femur
Lungs
Brain
Fingernails
Skeleton
Cadaver
Guts
Skull
Body parts are another fun thing to talk about at Halloween. Teach your kids the body parts and how to spell them. Older kids can learn the names of all the bones in the skeleton.
Cemetery (noun): A graveyard or burial place for the deceased.
Cemetery (noun): A graveyard or burial place for the deceased. | Source

Ghostly Vocabulary Words

Apparition
Ectoplasm
Phantom
Cemetery
Ghastly
Poltergeist
Coffin
Ghoul
Reanimated
Corpse
Graveyard
Spectral
Crypt
Haunted house
Spirit
Dead
Other-wordly
Tombstone
These are words about ghosts, graveyards, and spirits. They may be best for older children.

What kind of mistakes do ghosts make?

Boo boos!

Halloween Action Words

Battling
Creeping
Pretending
Bobbing
Dancing
Raking
Breaking
Decorating
Scaring
Bulging
Partying
Slithering
Bursting
Dribbling
Sneaking
Carving
Fluttering
Sparkling
Crawling
Grinning
Tricking
These words are about ghosts, graveyards, and spirits. They may be best for older children.

Why did the vampires cancel their baseball game?

They couldn't find their bats!

Scary Halloween Sounds

Bellowing
Creaking
Screaming
Bubbling
Hooting
Yelling
Bumping
Howling
Thumping
Cackling
Rattling
Whooshing
This is a spooky sound list for Halloween. Words like these are great for going over tenses with the kids (e.g. howl, howling, howled).

What do goblins and ghosts drink when they are thirsty?

Ghoul-Aid!

Spanish Halloween Vocabulary Words

La araña (spider)
El cráneo (skull)
El fantasma (ghost)
La bruja (witch)
La noche de brujas or el Halloween (Halloween)
La fiesta (party)
La calabaza (pumpkin)
El dia de los muertes (Day of the Dead)
El gato negro (black cat)
La calabaza iluminada or la jack-o'-lantern (jack-o'-lantern)
El diablo (devil)
El hombre lobo (werewolf)
Los caramelos (candy)
El disfraz (costume)
La enmascarar (mask)
La casa embrujada (haunted house)
El esqueleto (skeleton)
El maquillaje (makeup)
El murciélago (bat)
El monstruo (monster)
La momia (mummy)
La peluca (wig)
El/la superhéroe (superhero)
Truco o trato or queremos Halloween (trick or treat)
Learning words in Spanish and other languages is a great way to teach your children about the similarities and differences between the various languages we use.

What does a child monster call his parents?

Mummy and Deady

French Halloween Vocabulary Words

La araignée (spider)
L'épouvantail (scarecrow)
Le monstre (monster)
Les bonbons (candy)
Le fantôme (ghost)
La sorcière (witch)
Le chat noir (black cat)
Le feu follet (jack-o'-lantern)
Le squelette (skeleton)
Le chauve-souris (bat)
Friandises ou betise (trick or treat)
Toile d'araignée (web)
Le cimetière (cemetery)
L'Halloween (Halloween)
Le vampire (vampire)
Le citrouille (pumpkin)
Le loup-garou (werewolf)
Toussaint (All Saints' Day from October 31 to November 2)
Le déguisement (costume)
La maison hantée (haunted house)
Le zombi (zombie)
Le diable (devil)
Le masque (mask)
These are some basic french Halloween words and phrases.

Can you tell twin witches apart?

No, you can't tell which witch is which!

Magical Vocabulary Words

Brew
Hocus pocus
Spell book
Broom
Ingredients
Toad
Cackle
Magic wand
Warlock
Cauldron
Potion
Wicked
Enchant
Spell
Wizardry
Halloween is a time when magic seems real. The words on this list are all magic-related.
Toad (noun): A tailless, warty, four-legged amphibian.
Toad (noun): A tailless, warty, four-legged amphibian. | Source

Mad Science Vocabulary Words

Beaker
Flask
Petri dish
Boiling
Goggles
Test tube
Bunsen burner
Graduated cylinder
Thermometer
Experiment
Lab coat
Wires
Mad scientists love Halloween. These terms are scientific, spooky, and educational.

What streets do zombies like best?

Dead ends!

Halloween Party Food Vocabulary Words

Candy Corn
Cupcakes
Pie
Candied apple
Deviled eggs
Popcorn
Cotton candy
Gummy Worms
Punch
These vocab words are all popular Halloween snacks and treats.

What is a mummy's favorite type of music?

Wrap music!

Learning vocabulary words can be boring for kids. Here are some fun ideas you can use to spice up the learning process and entertain your children this fall.

Fun Halloween Vocabulary Activities for Kids

  • Incorporate the vocabulary words above into word searches and bingo games to make them more interesting.
  • Create scavenger hunts for some of the items listed above.
  • Play games of Jeopardy or Halloween Pictionary—the children will be so entertained that they won't even realize they are learning.
  • Use jokes and puns to put a fun spin on vocabulary and keep the kids laughing.
  • Encourage your kids to write their own Halloween stories using at least 10 of the above vocabulary words.

Who knew learning vocabulary could be so much fun?

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        Jessica pecuch 

        7 weeks ago

        My pet cat is sick

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        dulceromo 

        7 weeks ago

        thank you for the halloween words tHANK YOU

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        t h a n k s 

        2 months ago

        thank yiuuuuuu fir iucd

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        13 months ago

        i needed a website for a french Halloween

        story tyyyy

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        shyann 

        14 months ago

        thx so much for these words they are coming to use for my spookey halloween story !!!!

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        Aaruhi 

        2 years ago

        Thanku so much I needed them for my project

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        Wendy Hier 

        2 years ago

        Thank you for the many Halloween words. I may use them on our donuts.

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        Sarah 

        5 years ago

        Thanks for the words.I really needed it.

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        Candace Bacon 

        7 years ago from Mad Laboratories

        @donnetted: Thanks so much!

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        Donnette Davis 

        7 years ago from South Africa

        Absolutely delighted to find so many vocab "groups" here, so beautifully presented. Thank you. Liked, Bookmarked and Blessed x

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        PennyHowe 

        7 years ago

        I really enjoyed all of these list in one place. Thanks for compiling them. Very interesting. Happy Halloween to you and yours.

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