Halloween Words

Spanish Vocabulary List

Halloween jack-o'-lanterns
Tres calabazas iluminadas. (Three jack-o'-lanterns.). William Warby; Creative Commons

Are you celebrating Halloween? With this vocabulary list, you can do it in Spanish.

la araña — spider.

la bruja — witch. Much like the English word, bruja can also be used to refer to a strongly disliked woman.

el brujo — wizard, sorcerer.

la calabazapumpkin. This word can also refer to various kinds of gourds, such as a calabash.

la casa embrujada — haunted house. Embrujado is the past participle of embrujar, usually translated as "to bewitch."

el diablo — devil. The English and Spanish words come from the same Latin source. Note the similarity with "diabolical."

el disfraz — costume or disguise.

el duende — goblin. The word can refer to various kinds of magical creatures such as elves and imps. A person who has a certain kind of magic or charm about him or her can be said to tener duende.

los dulces, los caramelos — candy. As an adjective, dulce is simply the word for "sweet." And while caramelo can refer to caramel, it most often refers to candies in general. Caramelo is probably related to miel, the word for honey.

el esqueleto — skeleton.

el fantasma — ghost. Like most other words of Greek origin that end in -ma, fantasma is masculine, making an exception to the rule that nouns ending in -a are typically feminine.

el gato negroblack cat.

el hechizo — spell (as from a witch). The word can also refer to a person's charm. The verb form, meaning to cast a spell, is hechizar.

la jack-o'-lantern — jack-o'-lantern. The decoration can also be described as a calabaza iluminada, lighted pumpkin.

la magia — magic. Something magical is mágico.

la máscara — mask. This is the source of the English "mascara."

la momia — mummy. The English and Spanish come from an Arabic word referring to an embalmed body.

el murciélago — bat (the animal that flies). This word is derived from the Latin mouse (rat) and caecus (blind), so its original meaning was "blind mouse."

Noche de Brujas — Halloween. The phrase literally translates as Witches' Night, and Día de Brujas, Witches' Day, is also used. It also is very common in the United States and some other areas with U.S. influence to use Halloween.

el superhéroe, la superheroína — superhero. In modern usage, it is not unusual to hear the form la superhéroe for a female superhero.

la telaraña — cobweb, spider web. This is a combination of two words, tela, usually referring to fabric, and araña, the word for spider. In a different context, telaraña can also refer to a net (such as one for catching fish) or a tangle of cables, strings or similar items.

truco o trato — trick or treat. The English phrase is often used as well. Truco is often translated as "trick," such as a trick of the trade or a magic trick. Trato, on the other hand, normally is a contract or agreement. It doesn't mean "treat," although it can mean "treatment" when it refers to the way someone treats someone else.

el vampiro, la vampira — vampire. The word probably came from Hungarian.

el/la zombi — zombie.

The English spelling is sometimes used.