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Spooky Spanish Words

Spooky Spanish Words

Whether you're getting ready to celebrate Halloween or Día de Muertos  (Day of the Dead), these spooky words will serve you well!

calaveras

SpanishEnglish
alarmar
 
to alarm
el alma
 
soul
el altar
 
altar
el antepasado
 
ancestor
el aullido
 
howl
asustar
 
to scare
aterrador
 
terrifying
la bruja
 
witch
la calabaza
 
pumpkin
la calavera
 
skull
la calaca
 
skeleton
carcajearse
 
cackle
la Catrina
 
the Skeleton Lady (sort of like a female Grim Reaper)
cazar
 
hunt
el cementerio
 
cemetery, graveyard
el cempasúchil
 
marigold (flower used for Day of the Dead altars)
chillón
 
shrill
chirriar
 
to screech
la criatura
 
creature
desconcertante
 
unnerving
deslizarse
 
creep
el disfraz
 
costume
el difunto
 
deceased person
el dulce
 
candy
embrujar
 
to bewitch
escalofriante
 
creepy
espantoso
 
horrifying
espeluznante
 
terrifying, eerie
el espíritu maligno
 
ghoul
el esqueleto
 
skeleton
el fantasma
 
ghost, phantom
fantasmagórico
 
phantasmagoric
fantasmal
 
ghostly
la fiera
 
wild animal
hechizar
 
to bewitch
horrorizar
 
to appall
inmortal
 
immortal
la jauría
 
pack of hound
la linterna de calabaza
 
jack-o'-lantern
la mazmorra
 
dungeon
el murciélago
 
bat
la poción
 
potion
macabro
 
macabre
la muerte
 
death
la muerta
 
dead person (female)
el muerto
 
dead person (male)
el pan de muerto
 
Day of the Dead bread
el panteón
 
graveyard
el papel picado
 
tissue paper with cut-out shapes
la parca
 
death
quimérico
 
fanciful
rondar
 
to haunt
sepultar
 
to bury
siniestro
 
sinister
sobrenatural
 
supernatural, unearthly
sobresaltado
 
startled
sobresaltar
 
to startle
supersticioso
 
superstitious
tallar
 
to carve
la telaraña
 
cobweb
temblar
 
to tremble
temer
 
to fear
la tumba
 
tomb
el trasgo
 
goblin
la ultratumba
 
life after death, the afterlife
el vampiro
 
vampire
velar
 
to have a wake for
ulular
 
to hoot, to howl, to wail

Here are some examples!

Ayer compramos cempasúchil, papel picado y pan de muerto para adornar el altar.
Yesterday we bought marigolds, tissue paper with cut-out shapes, and Day of the Dead bread to decorate the altar.
 
¿Qué disfraz te vas a poner para la fiesta?
What costume are you going to wear for the party?
 
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