French Halloween vocabulary
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Spooky French Vocabulary

Halloween is not a French holiday, though each passing year sees a few more bits and pieces of it imported to France.

Nevertheless, learning the French translations for Halloween vocabulary can be fun, especially for younger students. ‘Appy ‘Alloween!  🙂

 Is it le Halloween or l’Halloween? The "H" is silent either way, and I see / hear it both ways. I guess because it’s a foreign word, the French haven’t come to a consensus on whether the H should be aspiré or muet.

Trick or treat bagOctoberoctobre 
October 31le 31 octobre 
fall, autumnautomne 
All Saints’ Dayla Toussaint 
 November 1stle 1er novembre 
   Black cat
 costumeun déguisement
 batune chauve-souris
 black catun chat noir
 devilun diable 
 ghostun fantôme 
 goblinun lutin 
SkeletonGrim Reaperla Faucheuse 
maskun masque 
monsterun monstre 
mummyune momie 
 scarecrowun épouvantail 
 skeletonun squelette 
 spiderune araignéeWitch's hat
 vampireun vampire
 werewolfun loup-garou
 witchune sorcière
 witch’s hatun chapeau de sorcière, un chapeau pointu
 zombieun zombie 
Jack o'lanternHalloween DecorationsDécorations de Halloween
broomun balai 
candleune bougie 
cemeteryun cimetière 
 full moonune pleine lune 
 haunted houseune maison hantéeSpider web
 horror movieun film d’horreur
 jack-o’-lanternune citrouille-lanterne
 leafune feuille
 pumpkinune citrouille, un potiron
 skullun crâne 
 spider webune toile d’araignée 
Battombstoneune tombe, une pierre tombale 
Halloween VerbsVerbes pour Halloween
to ask fordemander 
 to be afraid (of)avoir peur (de) 
 to carve a pumpkinsculpter une citrouille/un potiron
 to dress up as ___se déguiser en ___Ghost
 to givedonner
 to haunthanter
 to knock on the doorfrapper à la porte
Witchto play a trick (on someone)jouer un tour (à qqun) 
to ring the doorbellsonner à la porte 
to scare, frighten (someone)faire peur (à qqun) 
to yellcrier 

 Because it’s not a well-established French activity, there’s no single translation for the exclamatory "Trick or treat!" The most common ones are Friandises ou bêtises ! and Des bonbons ou un sort !, but there are numerous other possibilities.

French Halloween quiz More French for Halloween

Dictée: Le soir d’Halloween*

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2 Responses

  1. Savannah 20 October 2014 / 20:21

    I wonder if Halloween is celebrated in Quebec (since it’s celebrated in English Canada)? And if so, if they have a standard translation for “Trick or Treat!”?

    • Claudia 22 October 2014 / 12:05

      I’ve lived in Montreal for a little more than a year, and yes, Halloween is celebrated in Quebec! Kids say Trick or Treat, or « trique ou traite » here. There are a lot of Anglicisms throughout the province, as well as the rich (and tricky!) québécois dialect, but Quebecers are extremely proud of their francophone heritage and culture.

      Here is a link that will give you more information, plus give you a chance to practice your French 😉