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Halloween ideas for families & Halloween vocabulary you need to know!
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28.10.2022
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Halloween ideas for families & Halloween vocabulary you need to know!

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Hey! This year’s Halloween is just around the corner! Are you ready to have fun during the scariest night of the year? Make this October 31st an unforgettable memory and spend quality time with your whole family. Engage your children with creative crafts ideas, watch a terrifying Halloween movie together, sing some Halloween songs and dress up as your favorite fictional characters.

You can also check out the Halloween dictionary with essential Halloween vocabulary for kids. Halloween is a great opportunity to have fun with the whole family and learn some English. Find out what you can do this Halloween, either at home or during a party with friends and family. Learn English in a fun and engaging environment, while playing and having fun with your kid. Our stress-free approach in teaching English to children always gives the best results. 

You can also check Novakid’s approach to teaching English to kids aged 4-12. Understand why Novakid students love their 25-minute, fast-paced lessons conducted by certified native-speaker teachers. What are you waiting for? It’s the Halloween season, so grab a mug of tea and find out more about Halloween ideas for families.

Halloween movies for kids – our top 5 recommendations

Kids love Halloween movies! Of course, not all the films you pick for the Halloween movie night have to be scary. There are some ultimate film classics that are both scary and fun. Here are our top 5 recommendations for great Halloween movies that are perfect for kids and families. 

  • Casper (1995)
  • Monsters Inc. (2001)
  • Coco (2017)
  • Hotel Transylvania (2012, 2015, 2018, 2022) 
  • Corpse Bride (2005)

And here’s a bonus! If you have children aged 7+ and teenagers at home, get them familiar with the Harry Potter movie series. We guarantee you many hours of great entertainment and a long-lasting relationship with the three main characters: Harry, Ron and Hermione. In the Harry Potter series you’ll find: 

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)

Halloween songs for kids

Singing songs in a foreign language with your kid is another great way to memorize new vocabulary and phrases. Singing and dancing supports children’s cognitive processes and helps them learn new things more easily. Learn the lyrics and melody of these three Halloween songs for kids, which you can sing together this Halloween!

The Skeleton Dance

Dem bones, dem bones, dem dancing bones.
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dancing bones.
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dancing bones.
Doin’ the skeleton dance.
The foot bone’s connected to the leg bone.
The leg bone’s connected to the knee bone.
The knee bone’s connected to the thigh bone.
Doin’ the skeleton dance.
The thigh bone’s connected to the hip bone.
The hip bone’s connected to the backbone.
The backbone’s connected to the neck bone.
Doin’ the skeleton dance.
Shake your hands to the left.
Shake your hands to the right.
Put your hands in the air.
Put your hands out of sight.
Shake your hands to the left.
Shake your hands to the right.
Put your hands in the air.
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle,
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle,
Wiggle, wiggle… wiggle your knees.
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dancing bones.
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dancing bones.
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dancing bones.
Doin’ the skeleton dance.

Halloween Stomp

I like Halloween!
Hey hey hey! 

Stomp like a monster, stomp (repeat)
Fly like an old witch, fly (repeat)
Dance like a skeleton, dance (repeat)
Howl like a werewolf, howl (repeat)

Stomp all night long
stomp – stomp, stomp, stomp
Fly all night long
fly – fly, fly, fly
Dance all night long
dance – dance, dance, dance!
Howl all night long
Howl – aroo! 

I like Halloween!
Hey hey hey!

Crawl like a spider, crawl (repeat)
Walk like a zombie, walk (repeat)
Float like a ghost, float (ghost)
Laugh like a vampire, laugh (repeat)

Crawl all night long
Crawl – crawl, crawl, crawl
Walk all night long
Walk – walk, walk, walk
Float all night long
Float – float, float, float
Laugh all night long
Laugh – HA, HA, HA!

Hello, Trick Or Treat?

Hello, hello, hello. Trick-or-treat?
Hello, hello, hello. Trick-or-treat?

I’m a witch.
I’m a ghost.
I’m a dinosaur.      
I’m a witch.
I’m a ghost.
I’m a dinosaur.  
 
Hello, hello, hello. Trick-or-treat?
Hello, hello, hello. Trick-or-treat?

I’m a mermaid.
I’m a monster.
I’m a bumble bee.   
I’m a mermaid.
I’m a monster.
I’m a bumble bee. 

Hello, hello, hello. Trick-or-treat?
Hello, hello, hello. Trick-or-treat?

I’m a cowboy.
I’m a werewolf. 
I’m an astronaut.     
I’m a cowboy.
I’m a werewolf. 
I’m an astronaut.

Hello, hello, hello. Trick-or-treat?
Hello, hello, hello. Trick-or-treat?

I’m a princess.
I’m a pirate.
I’m a vampire.     
I’m a princess.     
I’m a pirate.
I’m a vampire. 

Hello, hello, hello. Trick-or-treat?
Hello, hello, hello. Trick-or-treat?
Hello, hello, hello. Trick-or-treat?
Hello, hello, hello. Trick-or-treat? 

Halloween crafts for kids – get creative this Halloween

Doing Halloween crafts at home with your kid is a great idea to spend time together. Especially younger children like to decorate, paint, color, glue and craft. You can learn new Halloween vocabulary while carving the jack-’o-lantern out of a pumpkin, cutting out scary paper garlands, making your own Halloween candles and home decorations in the shape of spiders, spiders’ webs and witch hats. 

Halloween activities for kids can include some crafty Halloween DIY, free printable Halloween coloring pages & activity pages and a Halloween board or interactive games for kids. If you’re looking for a stress-free and engaging online interactive English course for children aged 4-12, check out what Novakid has to offer. At Novakid many games and activities are used to teach English and Halloween is a great opportunity to try out the free trial lesson with a native-speaker teacher. 

Best Halloween costumes for kids for 2022

The list of popular Halloween costumes for kids and adults may go on and on. We checked out the most hyped Halloween costumes on the Internet for  Halloween 2022, so you don’t have to waste your time! Here are our recommendations:

  • Casper the friendly Ghost
  • Frankenstein
  • Harry Potter 
  • Grim Reaper
  • Jack Skellington 
  • Mike Wazowski 
  • Alice in Wonderland 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Lord Vader
  • Scooby-Doo 
  • Cruella De Vil
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Witch
  • Wizard
  • Princess / Prince / King / Queen
  • Fairy
  • Peter Pan
  • Aladdin
  • Vampire
  • Zombie
  • Mummy
  • Skeleton 

Oh, wait! That’s not all! Here’s a bonus – a list of Halloween costumes for families that are all kept in the same theme. Check them out!

  • Minions gang
  • The Smurfs
  • M&Ms pack 
  • Scooby-Doo Group
  • Ghostbusters 
  • The Flintstones Family
  • Set of Playing Cards 
  • Dinosaurs 
  • The Incredibles
  • One Hundred and One Dalmatians
  • Winnie the Pooh Characters 

Halloween vocabulary for kids

Check out the essential Halloween vocabulary that may come in handy while getting ready for this year’s Halloween party. How many of these Halloween words did you already know? 

Halloween Nouns

  • Autumn (BrE) / Fall (AmE)
  • Halloween 
  • Bat
  • Blood
  • Bones 
  • Black cat
  • Broomstick 
  • Cape
  • Corpse
  • Costume
  • Cloak
  • Cemetery (BrE) / Graveyard (AmE)
  • Coffin
  • Darkness
  • Night
  • Death 
  • Demon
  • Devil
  • Disguise 
  • Eye patch 
  • Face paint
  • Fangs
  • Fairy
  • Fog
  • Flashlight
  • Fear
  • Goblin
  • Ghostbusters
  • Ghost
  • Haunted house
  • Hat
  • Jack-o’-lantern
  • Pumpkin
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Masquerade
  • Mummy 
  • Moon 
  • Mist 
  • Moonlight
  • Monster
  • Mask 
  • Night
  • Nightmare
  • Ninja
  • October
  • Owl
  • Halloween party
  • Punch 
  • Potion
  • Pirates
  • Princess
  • Prince
  • King
  • Queen
  • Robot
  • Superhero
  • Skeleton 
  • Skull
  • Spell
  • Scarecrow
  • Shadow
  • Spider
  • Soldier
  • Sweets (BrE) / Candy (AmE)
  • Spider’s web 
  • Tombstone
  • Troll
  • Vampire
  • Wand 
  • Wizard 
  • Werewolf
  • Witch
  • Wizard
  • Wig
  • Zombie

Halloween Verbs

  • to dress-up 
  • to be frightened
  • to wear make-up
  • to pretend 
  • to prank somebody 
  • to scare somebody 
  • to scream
  • to be shocked
  • to vanish

Halloween Adjectives 

  • Afraid
  • Creepy
  • Eerie
  • Evil 
  • Horrible
  • Magical 
  • Mysterious 
  • Spooky
  • Supernatural
  • Strange
  • Superstitious 
  • Scary 
  • Startling
  • Sketchy 
  • Shocking 
  • Terrible
  • Unnerving
  • Wicked

Halloween Phrases 

  • Hocus-pocus! 
  • Abracadabra!
  • Boo!
  • Trick or treat?
  • RIP – Rest in Peace

Did you like the article? If so, what Halloween costume will you wear this Halloween? Share your ideas in the comments section below. You can also upload a picture of your kid’s terrifying Halloween costume.

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