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100+ Spooky Halloween Vocabulary Words for Kids

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.

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

These are some basic Halloween words for a variety of reading levels.

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

Fall/Autumn Vocabulary Words

These words relate to the fall season and harvest time.

Acorn

Gourd

Pumpkin

Autumn

Harvest

Scarecrow

Cornmaze

Hayride

Squash

Crop

Leaves

Squirrel

Crow

Plow

Turkey

Spiderweb (noun): A silken web made by a spider.

Spiderweb (noun): A silken web made by a spider.

Creepy Creatures That Love Halloween

Some of these words are good for younger children who are just learning how to spell. A few are a little more advanced.

Bat

Hound

Raccoon

Bug

Owl

Spider

Cat

Rat

Tarantula

Crow

Snake

Worm

Costume Idea Vocabulary Words

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.

Animal

Orc

Queen

Cartoon character

Pirate

Superhero

Fairy

Pixie

Vampire

King

Prince

Warlock

Ninja

Princess

Werewolf

Trick-or-Treat Vocabulary Words

This list includes words that have to do with trick-or-treating. They range from short and easy to longer and more difficult.

Apple

Fangs

Mask

Candy

Flashlight

Nighttime

Cloak

Goodies

Safety

Costume

Gown

Treat bag

Doorbell

Hat

Wig

Face paint

Makeup

Yummy

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.

Monsters and Creatures From Horror Movies

These are some of the most well-known monsters and scary creatures related to Halloween. Some may not be appropriate for younger children.

Alien

Giant

Vampire

Boogeyman

Goblin

Villain

Cyclops

Mummy

Warlock

Extraterrestrial

Mutant

Werewolf

Ghost

Shapeshifter

Witch

Ghoul

Troll

Zombie

Famous Halloween Characters

These are famous, kid-friendly creatures that are not necessarily horror film characters. Younger children may not recognize some of these character names.

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

Scary Vocabulary Word List

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.

Alarming

Fear

Scary

Bloodcurdling

Frighten

Shocking

Boo

Goosebumps

Spine-chilling

Chilling

Hair-rising

Spooky

Creepy

Horrify

Startling

Eek

Nightmare

Unnerving

Eerie

Petrified

Wicked

Gross Vocabulary Words

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.

Boogers

Mucus

Revolting

Goo

Ooze

Rotten

Gory

Pus

Slimy

Icky

Repulsive

Snot

Body Part Vocabulary Words

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.

Blood

Eyeballs

Heart

Bones

Femur

Lungs

Brain

Fingernails

Skeleton

Cadaver

Guts

Skull

Cemetery (noun): A graveyard or burial place for the deceased.

Cemetery (noun): A graveyard or burial place for the deceased.

Ghostly Vocabulary Words

These are words about ghosts, graveyards, and spirits. They may be best for older children.

Apparition

Ectoplasm

Phantom

Cemetery

Ghastly

Poltergeist

Coffin

Ghoul

Reanimated

Corpse

Graveyard

Spectral

Crypt

Haunted house

Spirit

Dead

Other-wordly

Tombstone

Halloween Action Words

These words are about ghosts, graveyards, and spirits. They may be best for older children.

Battling

Creeping

Pretending

Bobbing

Dancing

Raking

Breaking

Decorating

Scaring

Bulging

Partying

Slithering

Bursting

Dribbling

Sneaking

Carving

Fluttering

Sparkling

Crawling

Grinning

Tricking

Scary Halloween Sounds

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).

Bellowing

Creaking

Screaming

Bubbling

Hooting

Yelling

Bumping

Howling

Thumping

Cackling

Rattling

Whooshing

Spanish Halloween Vocabulary Words

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.

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)

French Halloween Vocabulary Words

These are some basic french Halloween words and phrases.

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)

Magical Vocabulary Words

Halloween is a time when magic seems real. The words on this list are all magic-related.

Brew

Hocus pocus

Spell book

Broom

Ingredients

Toad

Cackle

Magic wand

Warlock

Cauldron

Potion

Wicked

Enchant

Spell

Wizardry

Toad (noun): A tailless, warty, four-legged amphibian.

Toad (noun): A tailless, warty, four-legged amphibian.

Mad Science Vocabulary Words

Mad scientists love Halloween. These terms are scientific, spooky, and educational.

Beaker

Flask

Petri dish

Boiling

Goggles

Test tube

Bunsen burner

Graduated cylinder

Thermometer

Experiment

Lab coat

Wires

Halloween Party Food Vocabulary Words

These vocab words are all popular Halloween snacks and treats.

Candy Corn

Cupcakes

Pie

Candied apple

Deviled eggs

Popcorn

Cotton candy

Gummy Worms

Punch

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 on October 21, 2019:

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dulceromo on October 21, 2019:

thank you for the halloween words tHANK YOU

t h a n k s on September 23, 2019:

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Lilyyyyyy on October 23, 2018:

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shyann on September 17, 2018:

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

Aaruhi on November 01, 2017:

Thanku so much I needed them for my project

Wendy Hier on October 22, 2017:

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

Sarah on October 16, 2014:

Thanks for the words.I really needed it.

Candace Bacon (author) from Mad Laboratories on October 23, 2012:

@donnetted: Thanks so much!

Donnette Davis from South Africa on October 23, 2012:

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

PennyHowe on September 22, 2012:

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