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100 Spooky Halloween Words

Updated on June 13, 2016

Halloween a favorite childhood holiday for many, including much of my family! Not only do you get to dress up as whatever you want and nobody bats an eye, but you get to feast on candy and party!

Halloween can be a fun time in school, many of which throw costume parties and parades around school grounds. For kids, it’s a particularly fun time because they know that they get to go trick or treating and load their buckets and pillowcases up with free candy just because they knock and say “trick or treat!” Candy never comes quite as easy as that!

Halloween Word Games

When you think about Halloween, the first things that probably come to mind are costumes, carving pumpkins, candy, autumn, trick-or-treating, and parties. While all of this is accurate, there should be more to the celebration, especially for the kids! Halloween is about the kids, right? Yeah, we’ll just go with that. (wink)

If you are planning on a few activities for the kids for Halloween, consider making a some games involving Halloween words. Not only will this help to set the mood for the day, but it also ensures a break time for the kids to calm down before, during, or after a sugar rush!

Here are some ways you can have fun with Halloween words:

  • Word Searches: This is probably the most common of Halloween word games out there. Pick a list for your word bank and make your own, or find free printable ones online!

  • Word Scrambles: Pick a list of words and scramble each word up. See who can finish first and offer some candy as incentive!

  • Memory: Just like any ol’ memory game, make word cards making sure there’s two of each word. Each match wins a piece of candy!

  • Halloween BINGO: You can either make up a bunch of cards or provide the kids with a word bank to fill in their own word list. Rather than using BINGO chips, give the kids a tempting treat to uses such as Skittles or M&Ms!

  • Halloween Hangman: How appropriate! All the same Hangman rules apply, just make the words Halloween words instead!

  • Riddles: Riddles are a fun way to get kids thinking! Base some riddles around Halloween words and see if they can guess the words! Try to have a treat related to the answer for each riddle!

  • Word Sorting: If the kids are learning how to sort things, create a few categories and have them sort words into each category!

Spooky Words and Things

Addam's Family
Eerie
October
Apple cider
Exorcist
Orange
Bat
Eyeballs
Owl
Beast
Fall
Poison
Beware
Fangs
Popcorn balls
Black
Frankenstein
Pumpkin
Black cat
Full moon
Pumpkin seeds
Blood
Ghastly
Rat
Bones
Ghost
Raven
Boo
Ghoul
Scarecrow
Broomstick
Glow-in-the-dark
Scary
Cackle
Glowsticks
Scream
Candy
Goblin
Skeleton
Candy corn
Goo
Skull
Cape
Goosebumps
Slime
Caramel apple
Graveyard
Spider
Carving
Grim reaper
Spider webs
Cauldron
Halloween (of course!)
Spook
Cemetery
Harry Potter
Spooky
Chant
Haunted house
Taffy
Chocolate
Hayride
Terror
Clown
Hitchcock
Toad
Cobwebs
Hocus pocus
Toil and Trouble
Coffin
Horror
Tombstone
Costumes
Howl
Trick or treat
Crow
Jack-o-lantern
Twilight
Curse
Lollipops
Vampire
Danger
Magic
Warlock
Demon
Mask
Warts
Devil
Midnight
Werewolf
Dracula
Monster
Wicked
Dreary
Mummy
Witch
Dungeon
Nightmare
Zombie
Dusk
 
 

Not only are these words great for making games within the classroom, but you can also use them in craft projects, making greeting cards, writing dreary poems, and so on!

If you are not a teacher and don’t have young children of your own, making activities for trick-or-treaters is still a great alternative to candy for the children who may have allergies to traditional Halloween candy! You can put together little activity packs consisting of a few words games, a pencil, an eraser, and maybe some spooky stickers, too!

Regardless of what you need them for, enjoy Halloween to the fullest. Join in on haunted hayrides, make a haunted house, go bobbing for apples and sip on some warm, fresh cider while munching on a cider donut. (Is there such a thing as eating “a” cider donut??)

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