Dictionary Of Halloween
Terms for Your Frightening Pleasure
Halloween Dictionary Terminology
Of Halloween Terms
THE HALLOWEEN DICTIONARY
Halloween Traditions, Symbols and Terms
Rich in tradition, Halloween has no shortage of symbols and terms.
All Hallow's Eve - Another word for Halloween night.
Bats - Bats are part of the dark, sinister side of Halloween. Bats
are purported to suck the blood of victims. Bats can turn into
vampires, and vice versa. More on bats.
Black Cat - a symbol of bad luck. Don't let a black cat cross your
path, or you will certainly come upon a string of bad luck. Black
cats are associated with witches. Some witches are known to be able
to transform to a black cat and back.
Dracula, Count Dracula - The evil lord of the castle in
Transylvania. When the moon is full, Dracula turns into a Vampire.
About Count Dracula
Frankenstein - A monster created in the laboratory of scientist
Victor Frankenstein. Frankenstein has a gentle and intelligent
personality. But, you wouldn't know that. His scary, monstrous
appearance causes everyone to run before getting a chance to know
him. More on Frankenstein.
Full Moon - Vampires arise out their coffins only at night and only
during a full moon.
Garlic and Garlic Necklaces - ward off evil spirits, a vampire will
not venture near the neck of a woman who wears a garlic necklace, mo
matter how beautiful she may be. The only problem is, normal, good
lucking guys will avoid her, too.
Ghosts - They can be good ghosts or bad ghosts. They can be
friendly, or terrifying. Ghosts are poor souls who have died and are
trapped between this life and the next. The "in between" place is
called the netherworld.
Ghoul - a ghoul is a scary creature, similar to a ghost. But a ghoul
is simply scary and has little character. It wasn't previously a
human being as a ghost was. And, unlike some ghosts, a ghoul is
Goblins - similar to ghosts and ghouls.
Grim Reaper - is the fictional personification of death. He is
dressed in a long, black robe with a hood. Sometimes you can see a
skeletal face. The Grim Reaper carries a long handled scythe(or
sickle). The Grim Reaper comes at death to take bad people to hell.
Halloween Costumes - If you are going to a Halloween party or out to
Trick or Treat, you need to dress up in a costume. No costume, no
treats. Halloween costumes can be friendly or scary, simple or
elaborate. If you don't' have money for a costume, be creative and
make your own.
Haunted Hayrides - Wildly popular with pre-teens and teens. They
will wait hours for their turn on a hayride to get a dose of scares
and frights. They will go on the hayrides in rain (snow) or (moon) shine.
Haunted House - Ghosts inhabit the house. There's bats in the
belfry. Evils spirits abound. People avoid haunted houses for good
reason. Except for Halloween. This time of year, people will shell
out big bucks for the big scare.
Haunted Hayrides - begin in early October, and continue daily
through the month. It's not a hayride if its not haunted. This
hugely popular attraction is a boon to farms that hose them. People
will wait hours for their rides. They will venture out a haunted
hayride despite cold, rain, and even snow!
Jack O'Lantern - also spelled Jack O Lantern. A pumpkin for carving.
It's believed the Irish brought the tradition of pumpkin carving to
Lighted Pumpkins - Also lighted turnips and rutabagas. Scary faces
are carved into pumpkins and a candle is lit inside. They keep the
evil spirits away.
Mummy - In some old and ancient cultures, a person who dies is
embalmed and wrapped in strips of white cloth. During Halloween
mummies come alive and walk around the earth, scaring people.
Chances are they won't catch you. And, if they do, what could they
do with you all wrapped up from head to foot!?
Netherworld - A place, or passageway, between heaven and earth.
Paranormal - a strange or unexplained occurrence or incident. It is
includes ghosts, witches, crop circles, UFO and other unexplained
events. More on Paranormal Activities and events.
Pumpkins - We are proud to say that pumpkins are a huge symbol of
both Fall and Halloween. They come in many shapes, sizes ad colors.
They look great carved, or uncarved.
Samhain - Is this a season, the Lord of Darkness, or the Lord of
Death. Depending upon who you talk to, Samhain can be any, or all of
these. More on Samhain
Scarecrows - Not everything about Halloween is scary. Scarecrows
successfully cross over between fall decorations and Halloween. They
are popular in decorating for both events, and are much friendlier
for young children.
Spooks - A ghoul or a ghost. They take pleasure in scaring people.
Trick or Treat - Children go out dressed up in their Halloween
costumes. They knock on doors, and say "Trick or Treat". if they do
not get a treat, look out! Trick or Treat was believed to have
started with boy scouts.
Warlocks - A male witch of Halloween. Note, a warlock is not related
to witches of the Wiccan religion. More on Warlocks
Werewolf or Wolfman- a man that transforms to a wolf. More on
Wiccans - A religious group that call themselves wiccans or witches.
They will argue vehemently that evil witches of Halloween do not
exist. Here's an interesting theory about wiccans: If you disagree
with them, and they are correct, then they can not by definition
cast an evil spell on you, as they claim they are good witches. As
for me, I will hedge my bets and not say anything nasty......just in
Witches - Did you know witches can be good, and witches can be bad.
We definitely distinguish a difference between witches of Halloween
and witches of the Wiccan religion. Wiccans are nice witches. They
just happen to share the same name with Halloween witches. Halloween
witches are definitely evil, and can cast evil spell on people. More
Vampire - An evil creature who rises from their coffin during a full
moon to find victims. They bite the necks of victims, sucking out
their blood. Victims themselves become vampires. More on Vampires
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