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Halloween Words List

Your Halloween dictionary!

Halloween Words Doodle

Halloween Words Doodle

A list of words - both common and uncommon - that relate to the amazing traditions of Halloween:

  • Ancestor Night: name for Halloween used by some practitioners of Wicca
  • apparition: a supernatural appearance of a person or thing, especially a ghost
  • bat: a flying mammal with webbed forelimbs, poor eyesight and acute hearing that usually live in caves, hollows, crevices, foliage and even man-made structures
  • Beggar’s Night: the night of October 30, the night before Halloween and also known as Mischief Night
  • black cat: a small domesticated carnivore usually accompanying a witch
  • black magic: the use of spells and charms (for evil purposes) believed to have supernatural power over natural forces
  • bobbing for apples: a game played by filling a tub with water and apples where players must dunk their heads and catch an apple with their teeth – no hands allowed
  • bogey: an evil or mischievous spirit
  • bogie: a malicious spirit often found around British bogs (hence the name)
  • broom: an instrument (associated with witches) with a long handle and a bunch of straw tightly bound at one end
  • broomstick: the long thin handle of a broom
  • Cabbage Night: the night before Halloween when pranksters pull up and throw cabbages
  • calan-gaeaf: Welsh term for Halloween night and literally refers to the Calends of Winter, which begins on November 1
  • candy corn: white, yellow and orange candy in the shape of a cone that was invented by the Goelitz Confectionery Company
  • Cake Night: another name for Halloween in parts of Britain where it’s popular custom is to bake a cake for each member of the family on this night
  • cauldron: a large kettle or boiler, usually black and made from cast iron
  • cemetery: an area that contains graves, tombs and funeral urns
  • Ch’ing Ming (Qing Ming): Chinese festival of the dead with some similarities to All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day
  • cobweb: a web spun by a spider used to trap its prey
  • coffin: the box or case in which the body of a dead person is placed in for burial – also thought to be Dracula’s sleeping chamber
  • corn maze: a public attraction with maze carved into a large cornfield
  • costume: an outfit worn to create the appearance characteristic of a particular period, person, place or thing
  • Days of the Dead (Días de los Muertos): the first and second of November in Latin American countries
  • demon: an evil spirit
  • devil: the personal supreme spirit of evil (as represented in Jewish and Christian belief) as the tempter of humankind
  • Devil’s Night: the night of October 30 and principally around Detroit, Michigan – notorious for arson
  • Dracula: a count and vampire and the central character in the novel by Bram Stoker
  • dumb suppers: American Halloween fortune-telling custom where girls sit silent at a table and a chair is left vacant for the fetch of a lover to occupy
  • fortune cake: a centerpiece of Halloween parties in the late 19th century) where a cake with a ring, thimble and dime were baked into it – with the ring symbolizing marriage, the thimble spinsterhood, and the dime wealth
  • Gate Night: another name for Halloween that originated in the 19th and 20th centuries because pranksters often stole gates
  • ghost: the soul of a dead person usually as a shadowy form
    (Read about the History of Ghost Stories)
  • ghoul: an evil demon, originally of Oriental legend, supposed to feed on human beings, and especially to rob graves, prey on corpses, etc.
  • Goosey Night: a popular name in New Jersey for the night before Halloween when pranking is popular
  • graveyard: a burial ground, usually associated with small churches
  • goblin: an ugly or grotesque sprite that is usually mischievous and sometimes evil and malicious
  • Halloween (Hallowe’en): (All Hallows Eve) the evening of October 31 and the eve of All Saints Day
  • haunt: to visit habitually or appear to frequently, as a spirit or ghost
  • haunted house: generally a public attraction featuring a home that has been decorated to feature a number of rooms that visitors must pass through with the expectation of being frightened
  • headless horseman: a character from the short story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving
  • hobgoblin: a mischevious goblin
  • jack-o’-lantern: a lantern made of a pumpkin and carved to look like a human face
  • magic: the use of spells and charms (for good or evil purposes) believed to have supernatural power over natural forces
  • mask: a cover or partial cover for the face and usually used for disguise
  • November Eve: another name for Halloween that is generally used in Western Ireland
  • phantom: something apparent to sense but with no substantial existence
  • prank: a trick of an amusing, playful and sometimes malicious nature
  • puck: an evil spirit
  • pumpkin: a fruit of the gourd family that is typically round and orange
    (Learn more Pumpkin Facts)
  • pumpkin patch: a popular Halloween attraction where people go to pick out their pumpkins
  • scarecrow: a human-like figure made by stuffing straw and leaves into clothing to resemble a person – usually propped on a post to keep birds away
  • skeleton: the bones of a human or animal when taken together form the framework for the body
  • Snap-Apple Night: an English name for Halloween and referring to a variation of bobbing for apples
  • sorcerer: a person who practices sorcery, or black magic
  • specter: a visible disembodied spirit
  • spirit: the principle of conscious life
  • sprite: a disembodied spirit
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas: a Halloween movie by Tim Burton
  • trick or treat: an American Halloween ritual where costumed children visit from house to house and say, “trick or treat” to ask for candy
  • troll: a dwarf or giant from Scandinavian folklore who inhabits caves or hills
  • vampire: a preternatural being, commonly believed to be a reanimated corpse, that is said to suck the blood of sleeping persons at night
  • werewolf: (in superstition and folklore) a human being who is capable of changing into a wolf
  • Wicca: witchcraft, especially benevolent, nature-oriented practices derived from pre-Christian religions
  • witch: a person who professes or is supposed to practice magic, usually black magic or the black arts
  • wizard: a person who practices magic
  • zombie: the body of a dead person given the semblance of life, but mute and will-less and by a supernatural force, usually for some evil purpose