Halloween English Tricks or Treats

October 31, 2017

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. 


4. Costume


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.


Happy Halloween!








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