Spooky Words: Enhance Your Halloween Vocabulary

Discover a range of spooky words perfect for setting a chilling atmosphere in your stories, from haunted descriptions to eerie dialogues.

  1. Apparition- a ghost or ghostly figure.
  2. Banshee- a wailing spirit signaling death.
  3. Cauldron- a large metal pot used by witches.
  4. Crypt- an underground room or vault used as a burial place.
  5. Demon- a supernatural and malevolent being.
  6. Eerie- strange and frightening.
  7. Fantom- an old spelling of phantom, meaning ghost.
  8. Ghoul- an evil spirit that robs graves and consumes corpses.
  9. Haunt- a place frequented by a ghost.
  10. Incubus- a demon supposed to have sexual intercourse with sleeping women.
  11. Jack- o’-lantern** – a carved pumpkin with a light inside.
  12. Kobold- a spirit from Germanic mythology, often mischievous.
  13. Lycanthrope- a werewolf.
  14. Macabre- disturbing because of involvement with or depiction of death.
  15. Necromancy- magic involving communication with the dead.
  16. Omen- an event regarded as a portent of good or evil.
  17. Phantom- a ghost.
  18. Quiver- to tremble or shake with a slight rapid motion.
  19. Revenant- someone who has returned from the dead.
  20. Specter- a ghost.
  21. Tombstone- a stone marker that is placed over a tomb.
  22. Undead- beings that are dead yet behave as if alive.
  23. Vampire- a creature that sucks blood from the living.
  24. Wraith- a ghostly apparition of a living person.
  25. Xenophobia- fear or hatred of strangers or foreigners.
  26. Yurei- a Japanese ghost.
  27. Zombie- a corpse reanimated through mystical means.
  1. Abyss- a deep or seemingly bottomless chasm.
  2. Bewitch- to cast a spell on and gain control over someone.
  3. Curse- a solemn utterance intended to invoke a supernatural power to inflict harm.
  4. Dreadful- causing or involving great fear or suffering.
  5. Ectoplasm- a supernatural viscous substance that is supposed to exude from the body of a medium.
  6. Fright- a sudden intense feeling of fear.
  7. Grim- forbidding or uninviting.
  8. Hag- a witch, particularly one considered frightful or ugly.
  9. Imp- a small, mischievous devil or sprite.
  10. Jinx- a person or thing that brings bad luck.
  11. Kraken- a legendary sea monster.
  12. Lament- a passionate expression of grief or sorrow.
  13. Mystic- relating to mysteries, esoteric rites or supernatural occurrences.
  14. Nocturnal- done, occurring, or active at night.
  15. Ossuary- a container or room in which the bones of dead people are placed.
  16. Pallor- an unhealthy pale appearance.
  17. Quaint- attractively unusual or old-fashioned.
  18. Ritual- a religious or solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order.
  19. Shadow- a dark area or shape produced by a body coming between rays of light and a surface.
  20. Thriller- a novel, play, or movie with an exciting, suspenseful plot.
  21. Unearthly- unnatural or mysterious, especially in a disturbing way.
  22. Visage- a person’s face, with reference to the form or proportions of the features.
  23. Warlock- a man who practices witchcraft.
  24. Hex- to cast a spell.
  25. Yeomanry- a group of men who hold and cultivate small landed estates.
  26. Zephyr- a soft gentle breeze, often used in poetic context to evoke a sense of eeriness.
  1. Blight- a plant disease, especially one caused by fungi.
  2. Cobweb- a spider web, especially when old and covered with dust.
  3. Devil- the chief evil spirit; Satan.
  4. Enchant- to fill someone with great delight; charm.
  5. Fear- an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous.
  6. Grave- a place of burial for a dead body.
  7. Harrowing- acutely distressing.
  8. Infernal- relating to hell or the underworld.
  9. Jeopardize- to put someone or something into a situation in which there is a danger of loss, harm, or failure.
  10. Knell- the sound of a bell, especially when rung solemnly for a death or funeral.
  11. Lucifer- another name for Satan.
  12. Morbid- characterized by an abnormal and unhealthy interest in disturbing and unpleasant subjects.
  13. Nightmare- a frightening or unpleasant dream.
  14. Ouija- a board with letters and numbers used to communicate with spirits.
  15. Possession- the state of being controlled by a demon or spirit.
  16. Quarantine- a state or period of isolation.
  17. Relic- an object surviving from an earlier time, especially one of historical interest.
  18. Spooky- eerie and frightening.
  19. Terror- extreme fear.
  20. Unseen- not seen or noticed.
  21. Vile- extremely unpleasant.
  22. Witch- a woman thought to have magic powers, especially evil ones.
  23. Hex- a magical spell, usually with malevolent purposes.
  24. Yowl- a loud wailing cry, especially one of pain or distress.
  25. Zealot- a person who is fanatical and uncompromising in pursuit of their religious, political, or other ideals.
  1. Bogeyman- a mythical creature used by adults to frighten children into good behavior.
  2. Chilling- causing great fear.
  3. Doom- death, destruction, or some other terrible fate.
  4. Ethereal- extremely delicate and light in a way that seems not of this world.
  5. Fog- a thick cloud of water droplets suspended in the atmosphere.
  6. Ghastly- causing great horror or fear.
  7. Horror- an intense feeling of fear, shock, or disgust.
  8. Illusion- a thing that is or is likely to be wrongly perceived or interpreted.
  9. Jitter- act nervously.
  10. Kelpie- a mythical water spirit of Scottish folklore.
  1. Moan- a long, low sound made by a person expressing physical or mental suffering.
  2. Noir- characterized by crime, mystery, and moral ambiguity.
  3. Opaque- not able to be seen through.
  4. Poltergeist- a ghost or other supernatural being supposedly responsible for physical disturbances.
  5. Quietude- a state of stillness, calmness, and quiet in a person or place.
  6. Rue- bitterly regret (something one has done or allowed to happen).
  7. Sinister- giving the impression that something harmful or evil is happening or will happen.
  8. Tomb- a large vault, typically an underground one, for burying the dead.
  9. Unholy- not sanctioned by religious sanction.
  10. Vanish- disappear suddenly and completely.
  11. Whisper- speak very softly using one’s breath.
  12. Zephyr- a gentle, mild breeze.

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