pumpkins on halloween
Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on October 7, 2022 and last updated on July 26, 2023

The topic of Halloween holds great value for English learners as it presents a captivating cultural celebration to enhance language skills. This introduction delves into the significance of Halloween as a widely observed festival, offering learners a plethora of vocabulary and expressions related to costumes, traditions and spooky themes.

By exploring this topic, learners can improve their listening and speaking abilities, engaging in discussions about Halloween customs and experiences.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Halloween Review

Halloween is a holiday on the 31st of October that is celebrated in the US and is becoming increasingly popular in Europe. It is unclear exactly how this holiday started, but it is believed that on this day the souls of the dead returned to their homes, so people decided to dress up in scary costumes to warn off evil spirits.

In the past, Halloween wasn’t really celebrated in Europe. It was seen as just a day for young children to play “trick or treat” and get some candy. Nowadays it has become a popular celebration for children and adults alike. Many adults also get dressed up, go to Halloween-themed parties and fill their homes with spooky decorations.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • spooky (adjective)
  • scary (adjective)
  • dress up (phrasal verb)
  • trick (noun)
  • treat (noun)
  • popularity (noun)
  • usually (adverb)
  • nowadays (adverb)
  • frighten (verb)

Conversation Questions

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  • What do you do to celebrate halloween?
  • Did you used to celebrate halloween when you were a child?
  • Do a lot of people celebrate halloween in your country?
  • What do you think of the popular game of "trick or treat" children like to play on this day?
  • Why do you think so many people like dressing up in scary costumes?
  • What is your favourite thing about halloween?
  • Do you know anyone who loves celebrating halloween?
  • Where would you rank halloween in a list of your favourite holidays?
  • If you were going to a fancy dress party for halloween what would you wear?
  • Do you think halloween costumes are becoming too realistic?
  • Do you think halloween could be an upsetting time for young children?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.