Vocabulario sobre Halloween

Lexicon of Halloween Traditions

Since then, we have cultivated the tradition of trick-or-treating. It refers to when children go door to door seeking treats from their neighbors. Fortunately, the concept of trick-or-treating is no longer practiced.

Trick or treat

The treats are usually candy or sweets (the British and American version of «sweets»). One way to find out if your neighbors will participate in Halloween is to see if there is a pumpkin on their doorstep. These vegetables have a grotesque (evil or terrifying) carved face, with candles inside that illuminate their creepy eyes, noses and teeth.

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Another way to learn Halloween idioms is to watch scary movies. The most terrifying and disturbing feature films (sometimes humorous as well) will give you an idea of the creatures associated with Halloween. To make sure the public doesn’t miss out, there is a wide range of horror series under the name «Halloween».

Vampires are those immortal beings with large incisor teeth with which they suck the blood from the necks of their victims. In return, the victims also become vampires. It should be noted that it is very easy to dodge a vampire, as they cannot function during the day because they are allergic to sunlight and garlic. So taking one out to eat paella with aioli on a terrace on the Costa del Sol is a sure way to wipe them out. If that doesn’t work, a wooden stake through the heart should do the trick.

Zombies, also known as the walking dead (because that’s what they are), are creatures you can find everywhere on Halloween. If you get killed by a zombie, your eyes will pop out of their sockets before your body slowly disintegrates into pieces.

Ghosts or spirits of the dead are not missing from the Halloween vocabulary either.

Although some of the best ghost stories, such as «A Christmas Carol» and «The Woman in White,» are not related to Halloween, there is a wide variety of series and movies about these creatures. In addition, there are about the same number of names for ghosts as there are for white sheets or terrifying masks during the Halloween period. Apparitions, wraith, spectre, phantom are the most common, but spectre, doppelganger, spectre, spirit and ghost are also well known.

Witches are supernatural women capable of casting spells on innocent people, although interestingly their male counterparts, witches, are much less common.

Halloween Idioms

Over time, many Halloween idioms have become widespread. Some of them are used on a daily basis. «To freeze one’s blood» means to have a frightening experience or disturbing event, but it is also used to describe that stomach-churning feeling when in shock. «Digging one’s own grave» is a way of expressing that an action, often a bad one, has been done with full knowledge of its consequences. «Like a bat out of hell» is not only a hit hard rock song by singer Meatloaf; it also means moving too fast. «Playing devil’s advocate» means defending the opposite side of an argument even if you don’t personally support it.

«Skeleton staff» refers to the minimum number of workers needed, and «to be stabbed in the back» means to be betrayed by a friend or trusted person. This phrase most likely has its origin in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. In fact, the Bard (Shakespeare) was very fond of the concept of the death of the king. Moreover, Shakespeare was very brave in writing this play, as he lived through the Gunpowder Plot, in which conspirators attempted to blow up Parliament and kill the King, a few days after Halloween.

A «witch-hunt» means to unjustly seek to harm others, perhaps due to a false view of witches and their beliefs, and «at death’s door» is a sarcastic way of suggesting that someone is at death’s door.

While some horror films, such as «The Exorcist» or «The Shining,» are genuinely terrifying, others take the idea of the supernatural a little more lightly or humorously. An example might be the «Scary Movie» saga. Similarly, the «Addams Family» series of movies and shows is sure entertainment for children and adults alike. Scripts such as Susan Hill’s «The Woman in Black» and Alan Peters’ «Leeches and Screams» approach the Halloween theme from a comic perspective.

In conclusion, Halloween is a well-known holiday in American and British culture. Learning Halloween vocabulary and idioms is a fun way to express yourself and understand everyday conversations.

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