I love Halloween! I've probably asked everyone of my students about their Halloween plans. Most have informed me that while the holiday is starting to gain interest in their perspective countries, it's still not wildly popular. While I was able to control myself during our lessons and not share every bit of Halloween vocabulary, lore, and tradition I thought I'd be doing a disservice not to hand out a few useful treats.
Common Halloween Vocabulary
1. Jack O' Lantern
This is a hallowed out pumpkin usually with a scary face or frightening picture carved in the side. Often people will place a candle inside the pumpkin to create light or "lantern."
2. Trick or Treat
This is what children will say after they have knocked on a neighbor's door. It's basically a request for candy. The act of going from house to house to ask for candy is called "trick or treating".
3. Trunk or Treat
This is very similar to "trick or treat". The difference is that people will park cars in a lot or open field. They will then hand out treats to children from the open decorated trunks of their cars. These are planned events.
These are the outfits that children (and many adults) will wear on Halloween. Many of the common costumes are scary creatures such as, witches, ghosts, vampires, or zombies.
Adjectives of Halloween
gruesome- causing repulsion or horror
frightening- making someone afraid or anxious
haunted- a place in which ghosts reside
spooky- sinister or ghostly in a way to cause fear
nightmarish- very frightening or unpleasant
Idioms used during Halloween
hand out- to give, as in to give candy
put on- to get dressed, as in to get dressed in a costume
make up- to put on cosmetics, as in to put on cosmetics for a Halloween costume
freak out- to get very frightened or upset; as in getting very frightened by a scary movie
scare off- to be frightened away from a location, as in to be frightened away from a neighbors house
I hope I didn't scare you off! Don't be afraid! Start using this vocabulary today.