Halloween Words Unveiled: A K-12 Lexical Adventure

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Halloween Words List

Many people believe that Halloween words have to be scary because of how the stories are. However, who says you can’t have fun at the end of October? There are numerous activities such as exploring the haunted house, and going on a trick or treat with friends, and the best is dressing up as someone you love. But first, let’s get to know more about the night and what are the words you can explore.

How to Make Halloween Fun Again

While being spooky and scary is the norm when it comes to October 31st, it sure doesn’t always be that way. What started as a three-day celebration to commemorate the dead turned into synonymous with eerie stuff.  This shift in meaning and understanding may take some of the essence away. But eventually, it’s all about the day to celebrate everyone in life and death.

Here are several ideas on how you can make Halloween words less spooky. Even better, you also can encourage others to take part in the activities.

Eerie Meenie Tiny Story

To many people, Halloween takes root from the old Celtic festivals, especially Samhain. This is also the root of several stories that you can find only on Halloween. Or even better, they only happen during Halloween.

The stories about witches, shapeshifters, and other spiritual beings are always interesting to watch. And so you can have more fun with Halloween words when you can tell a scary story in 200 words or less.

You can explore numerous mediums such as poetry, short stories, four-panel comics, and other storytelling mediums. Then you will see that you don’t have to use blatantly spooky words such as ghouls to monsters to be scary.

Fear stems from a dark corner inside one’s mind. Therefore, your imagination plays a huge part in determining how scary one thing is. Remember, using fancy Halloween words doesn’t always make it scary.

For the younger students, this storytelling task can be very challenging with their limited vocabulary. Therefore, you need to set the prompts and guide them to use the right words. They will see that even plain and regular words can sound scary too.

Words to Tickle Your Pun-ny Bones

So many costumes take inspiration from puns that you often hear. It’s all about how you can interpret the Halloween words in the most creative ways possible. Anyhow, here are some of the puns that you can use for your next costume. Let’s see if you can see the original lines and laughs along.

  • Welcome to the Pun-kin patch!
  • Let’s have a gourd time!
  • Keep calm and pumpkin on!
  • Witchful thinking
  • Wicked awesome
  • It’s a brew-tiful day
  • Twix or treat!
  • Laughing until I’m coffin.
  • It’s time for some skele-fun.
  • Ghouls just want to have fun!

Finding puns may not be easy, but they are surely fun. Keep encouraging the students to think of more puns to write and see who gets the best and funniest puns of all.

Scary Sweet Tooth

During Halloween, candies and chocolates are some of the most favorite items to have. You can get them for free from your trick-or-treat walk. Several restaurants and café even have special items that they only sell during Halloween.

Rather than competing on who gets the most candies, you can set up a competition on who gets a specific candy. This is perfect for a class activity where the students have to randomly take one candy from the bag and have to deceive others using words.

Taking inspiration from the popular Impostor game, you can divide the students into several smaller groups and have one of them act as the impostor. They need to describe the candy, but wrongly, to mislead the other players. When an impostor wins the round, they can keep the candy. Naturally, the roles are set randomly to give everyone an equal chance to trick others.

Halloween Words Game

Come Halloween means a perfect time to introduce some scary-sounding words. One of the best games to have is Hangman, which also fits with the Halloween theme. You can have a set of words and have the students guess the word in five or fewer guesses.

For older students, the word can be longer and also more complex. They also can have the Halloween-themed scrabble. Instead of using the actual Scrabble board, you can use the whiteboard and have one of numerous scary Halloween words in the center. And the students are doing it individually and must compile as many words as possible. The student with the most scary-sounding words wins the Halloween Scrabble. Of course, these words have to be real and not puns.

Onomatopeia in Halloween

For some strange reason, people hardly talk about onomatopoeia during Halloween. While at the same time, it’s hard to ignore these words you hear and feel. Sometimes, these words are the best way to showcase the spooks.

For example, rather than saying that you are afraid of vampires. You can say vampires make your heart go ba-dum ba-dum. With onomatopeia, you can see and feel these words rather than speak them out loud.

Give it some time and you will see so many examples of onomatopeia around you. To the students using less common words such as “meow,” “woof,” “howl,” and even “roar” can be very exciting. They will learn that there are a million ways to show and explain what is scary and why is it scary.

The words that also describe the sounds can bring out the fear as it will excite their imaginations. For the younger students, it can be in the form of a role play, where you ask them for the word and repeat it several times. While the older students can be more challenging as they have to write more or find onomatopeia in daily life.

Halloween words list

Now you see, Halloween words don’t have to be spooky. They also can be enjoyable. Rather, most of those words are far from being scary. Yes, there are ghosts, skeletons, and witches here and there. But you also can find candies, tricks, superheroes, and even chocolate along the way.