45 French Words & Phrases for a Spook-tacular Halloween


Last Updated: June 5, 2023

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Halloween French Words

You probably know already that the French don’t really celebrate Halloween the way other countries like the United States do. But that shouldn’t stop us from learning all about words and phrases related to Halloween, right?

So, here’s your list of French Halloween words and vocabulary which is just perfect for this time of the year. Get ready to say Happy Halloween in French!

halloween (pronounced without h in French: 'a lo ween')Halloween
le 31 octobre / le trente et un octobreOctober 31
la ToussaintAll Saints' Day
le 1er novembreNovember 1
farce ou friandise ! / Des bonbons ou un sort!trick or treat! / Candy or a spell!
Bonbons s’il vous-plaît!Candy, please! (a Quebecoise greeting)
la chasse aux bonbons/passage d’Halloween/porte-à-porte trick or treating
costume un déguisement
se déguiserto wear a costume, to dress-up a
Je me déguise en ____.I am dressing up as ____.
- (une) sorcière- witch
- (une) chauve-souris- bat
- (un) chat noir- black cat
- (un) fantôme- ghost
- (un) lutin- goblin
- (un) squelette- skeleton
- (une) araignée- spider
- (un) loup garou - werewolf
- (une) momie - mummy
- (un) monstre - a monster
- (un) épouvantail - a scarecrow
- (un) vampire - a vampire
- (un) ogre - an ogre
- (un) démon - a demon
Sculpter une citrouille to carve a pumpkin
Frapper à la porte to knock on the door
Sonner à la sonnetteto ring the bell
Faire peur à quelqu’un to scare someone
jouer un tour à quelqu'unto play a trick on someone
Avoir peur to be scared
Donner des bonbons to give candies
un potiron, une citrouillea pumpkin
Une bougie a candle
des bonbons candies
la citrouillepumpkin
un masquemask
un balaibroom
un cimetièrecemetery
une pleine lunefull moon
une maison hantéehaunted house
un film d'horreurhorror movie
un crâneskull
une citrouille d'Halloween; une citrouille-lanternejack-o-lantern
une toile d’araignéespiderweb
une tombe; une pierre tombaletomb

Now let’s have a little fun! Here’s a word search exercise for you.

How many French Halloween words can you find?

45 French Words & Phrases for a Spook-tacular Halloween


Answers: un monstre, un ogre, un squelette, une sorcière, un vampire, un zombie, un loup-garou, un masque, une momie, une citrouille, un clown, un costume, un crapaud, un  démon, un diable, une araignée, un balai, un bonbon, un chat noir, un chaudron

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About the author 

Frederic Bibard is the founder of Talk in French, a company that helps french learners to practice and improve their french. Macaron addict. Jacques Audiard fan. You can contact him on Instagram

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