Halloween Words

A list of Halloween Words to improve your vocabulary and help you when you are trying to write a scary story or a spooky poem.

Halloween Words

The Real Meaning Behind Scary Halloween Words

Spooky comes from the Dutch word “spook” which means “ghost”.

Scary comes from the Old Norse word “skiarr” which means “timid”.

Gruesome comes from an old Scottish verb “grue” which meant “to feel horror” or “to shudder”.

Eerie comes from the old English word “earg” which meant “cowardly” or “fearful”.

Weird comes from the Old English word “wyrd” which meant “fate” or “destiny”.

Ghost comes from the Old English word “gast” which meant “life force” or “breath”.

Haunt comes from the old French verb “hanter” which meant “to hang around a place”.

Phantom comes from the Greek “phantasma” which meant “illusion” or “apparition”.

Devil comes from the Greek “diabolos” which means “accuser” or “slanderer”.

The devil is known by many names: “Satan” came from ancient Hebrew and meant “adversary”. “Lucifer” was Latin for “light-bringer”. “Beelzebub” was Hebrew for “Lord of the Flies”. “Belial” was Hebrew for “worthlessness”. “Pluto” was Greek for “Lord of the Underworld”.

Demon comes from “daimon”, a Greek word for a powerful spirit.

Goblin comes from a French word “gobelin” which was the name of a specific evil spirit in France.

Monster came from “monstrum”, a Latin word for a horribly deformed person or animal.

Grave comes from the Old English word “grafan” which meant “to dig”.

Vampire came from the Hungarian word “vampir”, but it is believed to have originated from the Turkish word “uber” which means “witch”.

Witch came from the Old English word “wicce” which meant “one who practices magic”, but it probably originally came from a verb similar to “wise” meaning “to know”.

Necromancer comes from the Greek word “nekros” which means “dead person”.

Spell comes from an old Germanic word meaning “tale” because a witch’s spell was a set of words she recited like a story.

Tomb came from the Greek “tumbos” which means “funeral mound”.

Corpse came from the Latin “corpus” which meant “body”.

Skeleton comes from the Greek “skeleton” which means “the dried-up thing”.

Skull came from an Old Norse word similar to “skoltr” which meant “the bald thing”.

Bat comes from the Middle English word “bakke”. It was originally called a “reremouse” because it looked like a mouse with leathery wings.

Quake comes from the Old English word “cwacian” which means “to shake” or “to tremble”.

Fright comes from the Old English word “forht” which means “afraid”.

Fear comes from the Old English word “faer” which means “danger”.

Nightmare comes from Old English and refers to a “night demon”.

R.I.P is short for the Latin “requiescat in pace” which means “may they rest in peace”.

Halloween Words Beginning With A

Abhorrent
Afraid
Alarming
Angst
Apparition
Apples
Asylum
Autumn
Awesome
Axe

Halloween Words Beginning With B

Banshee
Bats
Beastly
Bestial
Beware
Bewitched
Bitter
Black
Black cat
Bloody
Blood-Curdling
Bogeyman
Bogle
Boils
Bones
Boo
Brewing
Brimstone
Broomstick
Bubbling

Halloween Words Beginning With C

Cackling
Cadaver
Candles
Candy
Carving
Casket
Cat
Cauldron
Cemetery
Chilling
Clammy
Cloak
Clowns
Cobwebs
Coffin
Corpse
Costume
Crawling
Crazed
Creaking
Creepy
Crone
Crow
Crypt
Curse

Halloween Words Beginning With D

Damp
Danger
Dank
Darkness
Dead
Deadly
Death
Deathly
Decapitated
Decay
Decomposing
Demon
Devil
Devilish
Dire
Disgusting
Dismal
Dracula
Dread
Dreadful

Halloween Words Beginning With E

Eerie
Eyeballs
Evil

Halloween Words Beginning With F

Fangs
Fear
Fiendish
Fog
Footsteps
Frankenstein
Freak
Freakish
Fright
Frightful
Frightening
Frogs
Full moon

Halloween Words Beginning With G

Gasping
Ghastly
Ghost
Ghostly
Ghoul
Ghoulish
Gloomy
Gnarled
Gnome
Goblins
Goose bumps
Goose flesh
Gory
Grave
Gravestone
Graveyard
Grim
Grim Reaper
Grisly
Groaning
Grotesque
Gruesome

Halloween Words Beginning With H

Hair-raising
Hag
Halloween
Haunt
Haunted
Hazardous
Headless
Headstone
Heavy breathing
Hell
Hobgoblin
Hooting
Horrendous
Horrible
Horrifying
Horror
Howling

Halloween Words Beginning With I

Icy
Imp
Incantation
Infectious
Insane
Invisible
Isolated

Halloween Words Beginning With J

Jack-o-lantern

Halloween Words Beginning With K

Knees knocking
Knocking

Halloween Words Beginning With L

Lanterns
Lightning
Long finger nails
Lurking
Lycanthrope

Halloween Words Beginning With M

Macabre
Maggots
Magic
Malevolent
Maniac
Maniacal
Masks
Masquerade
Mausoleum
Menacing
Miasma
Midnight
Mischievous
Mist
Moaning
Moon
Moonlight
Monsters
Morbid
Mummies
Mysterious

Halloween Words Beginning With N

Netherworld
Night
Nightmare
Noises

Halloween Words Beginning With O

Occult
October
Ogre
Orange
Otherworldly
Owls

Halloween Words Beginning With P

Panic
Paranormal
Pentagram
Petrified
Phantom
Phantasm
Poltergeist
Possessed
Potion
Pranks
Prowling
Psychopathic
Pumpkins
Purple
Putrid

Halloween Words Beginning With Q

Quaking
Queer
Quiet
Quivering

Halloween Words Beginning With R

Rats
Ravens
Rattling
Repugnant
Repulsive
Revolting
Rituals
Rotting
Ruins

Halloween Words Beginning With S

Scarecrow
Scarred
Scary
Scratching
Screaming
Screeching
Scythe
Secluded
Shadows
Shadowy
Shivering
Shocking
Shrieking
Silence
Sinister
Skeleton
Skull
Slimy
Slinking
Spectre
Spectral
Spellbinding
Spells
Spiders
Spine-chilling
Spine-tingling
Spirits
Spook
Spooky
Souls
Startling
Stormy
Strange
Supernatural
Superstitious
Sweets

Halloween Words Beginning With T

Tapping
Tense
Terrible
Terrifying
Terror
Threatening
Thrilling
Thunder
Tip toe
Toads
Tomb
Tombstone
Torchlight
Tortured
Trapped
Treats
Trees
Trick-or-treat
Trolls
Twilight
Twisted

Halloween Words Beginning With U

Ugly
Uncanny
Undead
Unearthly
Uneasy
Unexpected
Unexplained
Unnatural
Unnerving
Unusual

Halloween Words Beginning With V

Vampire
Vanishing
Veins
Vile
Voodoo

Halloween Words Beginning With W

Wailing
Warlock
Warty
Weird
Werewolf
Whispering
Whistling
Wicked
Wild
Witch
Witchcraft
Witching Hour
Wolves
Woods
Wraith

Halloween Words Beginning With Y

Yell
Yelp
Yowl

Halloween Words Beginning With Z

Zombies

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