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100+ Halloween Words and Quite a Few Vocabulary Lists

Updated on November 5, 2017

Make Learning Fun With Halloween Word Lists

This Halloween season, learning vocabulary words can be fun. Use these words lists with your kids and they might actually want to practice these spooky words and spell them correctly.

Over 100 Halloween words are included in these Halloween vocabulary lists. They include: a trick or treating list, monster vocabulary, scary words, gross words, body parts, mad science and magical vocabulary, Halloween action words, spooky sound words, French and Spanish Halloween vocabulary, and more Halloween activities.

Why are you still reading these intro words? Scroll on down to the Halloween words!

Halloween Vocabulary Words

 
 
 
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. These words are about October, Halloween, and Halloween night. Keep scrolling for more Halloween word lists.

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

With a pumpkin patch

Fall Vocabulary Words

 
 
 
acorn
harvest
scarecrow
autumn
hayride
squash
corn
leaves
squirrel
crow
pumpkin
 
These words are about the fall season and harvest time.

Halloween Animals and Creatures Vocabulary Words

 
 
 
bat
owl
spider
bug
rat
worm
cat
snake
 
These words are good for younger children who are just learning how to spell. They are easy and many of them rhyme.

Costume Vocabulary Words

 
 
 
cartoon character
pirate
superhero
fairy
pixie
witch
ninja
princess
 
These are some of the most popular Halloween costumes for kids.

What do the birds sing on Halloween?

Twick or Tweet

Trick or Treat-Related Vocabulary Words

 
 
 
candy
flashlight
masks
cloak
goodies
safety
doorbell
gown
treat bag
face paint
hat
wigs
fangs
makeup
 
Word list for vocabulary about trick or treating and costumes. Mixed level words.

Monsters and Spooky Creatures Vocabulary Words

 
 
 
bogeyman
mummy
werewolf
extraterrestrial (alien)
mutant
witch
ghost
vampire
zombie
giant
villain
 
goblin
warlock
 
These are the most well-known monsters related to Halloween. Some may not be appropriate for the younger children.

Why did Dracula take cold medicine?

To stop his coffin

Famous Halloween Characters Vocabulary Words

 
 
 
The Addams Family
Frankenstein
Maleficent
Beetlejuice
The Great Pumpkin
Scooby Doo
Casper
Harry Potter
Spookley, the Square Pumpkin
Cruella de Vil
Headless Horseman
Ursula
Dracula
Jack Skellington
 
These are famous, kid-friendly creatures, not 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
petrify
 
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
puss
slime
icky
repulsive
snot
Halloween is the perfect time to get disgusting with the kids. Children like talking about gross things and even playing with stuff grown ups would never touch. Encourage this for a bit of Halloween fun.

Why can't skeletons play music in church?

Because they have no organs.

Body Parts Vocabulary Words

 
 
 
blood
eyeballs
heart
bones
femur
skeleton
brain
fingernails
skull
cadaver
guts
 
Body parts are another fun thing to talk about at Halloween. Teach kids the body parts and how to spell them. Older kids can learn the names of all the bones in the skeleton.

Ghostly Vocabulary Words

 
 
 
apparition
ectoplasm
phantom
cemetery
ghastly
poltergeist
coffin
ghoul
spectral
corpse
graveyard
spirit
crypt
haunted house
spook
dead
other wordly
tombstone
Words about ghosts, graveyards, and spirits. Best for older children.

What kind of mistakes do spooks 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
Words about ghosts, graveyards, and spirits. Best for older children.

Why did the vampires cancel their baseball game?

They couldn't find their bats.

Halloween Sounds Vocabulary Words

 
 
 
bellowing
creaking
screaming
bubbling
hooting
thumping
bumping
howling
 
cackling
rattling
 
This is a spooky sounds list for Halloween. Change the tense of the verb to correlate with what the kids are practicing. (Ex. 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)
 
el vampiro (vampire)
 
Kids love to learn Spanish words. These are some basic Halloween words and phrases that even the youngest kids can learn. Older kids can learn spellings as well. You can teach them the word with or without the articles (el, la), which simply mean "th

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 diable (devil)
le masque (mask)
 
French words are also great to learn at Halloween. These are some basic Halloween words and phrases that even the youngest kids can learn. Older kids can learn spellings as well. You can teach them the word with or without the articles (le, la), whic

How do you tell twin witches apart?

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 almost real. These are magic-related words.

Mad Science Vocabulary Words

 
 
 
beaker
flask
Petri dish
boiling
goggles
test tube
Bunsen burner
graduated cylinder
thermometer
experiment
lab coat
wires
Mad scientists rule Halloween. These words are scientific and spooky.

What streets do zombies like best?

Dead ends

Halloween Party Food Vocabulary Words

 
 
 
candied apple
cupcakes
popcorn
cotton candy
deviled eggs
punch
 
 
 
Tasty treats about Halloween party food

Halloween Costume Poll

What will your Halloween costume be this year?

See results

What is a mummy's favorite type of music?

Wrap music

Vocabulary Activities and Ideas

Learning vocabulary words by itself is boring for kids. Here are some ideas for you to consider in making this process fun:

  • Incorporate the vocabulary into word searches and bingo games to make it more interesting.
  • Creating scavenger hunts to find items in the word lists is another fun way to teach kids the words.
  • Playing games of jeopardy or Halloween Pictionary will be so entertaining the children won't even realize they are learning.
  • Jokes and puns also help teach language and will get the kids laughing.
  • Inspire future writers by having the kids write their own Halloween stories using the vocabulary words.

Did you know learning vocabulary could be so much fun?

Use the vocabulary words in a sentence. - Come on, tell me what you think.

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      Aaruhi 2 weeks ago

      Thanku so much I needed them for my project

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      Wendy Hier 4 weeks ago

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

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      Sarah 3 years ago

      Thanks for the words.I really needed it.

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Mad Laboratories

      @donnetted: Thanks so much!

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      Donnette Davis 5 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 5 years ago

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