Halloween in the USA and some Halloween English Vocabulary + Examples

Trick or treat? Jack-o-lanterns? There are so many interesting Halloween English vocabulary words to learn!

If you want to understand and speak real life American English you need to learn about this holiday—especially if you have kids!

In American, we do a few cultural things:

  • Kids dress up and go door-to-door saying, “Trick or treat”
  • People hand out candy to those kids.
  • We create Jack-o’-lanterns – Pumpkins carved into faces or images with a candle inside. We set these outside at night.
  • Some people watch scary movies or go to “haunted” houses

Here are some important English Halloween vocabulary with examples:

“TRICK OR TREAT!?” – These are the keywords kids say to get candy when they go “trick-or-treating” (yes it’s a verb too!)

The kids love trick or treating on Halloween, because they get tons of candy

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Pumpkin – A large, orange fruit typically carved into Jack-o’-lanterns for Halloween decorations.

Example: I like to carve my pumpkins into Jack-o’-lanterns

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Costume – A set of clothes and accessories worn to create a specific character or look for Halloween, such as a witch, vampire, or superhero.

Example: My kids dressed as Ironman and a zebra princess costumes on Halloween.

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Candy: Some of the most popular on Halloween are “candy corn” (pictured above), Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, Nerds, or Skittles.

Example: I love to eat all my kids candy on halloween. (shhhh) 😉

Spooky: Used to describe something eerie, scary, or frightening, often associated with Halloween decorations and stories.

Example: My house look very spooky on Halloween!


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