The best way to see Halloween vocabulary being used is through ESL Halloween conversations. This is because a conversation uses a natural way of speaking, so you can see how a native speaker talk.
This page has two example conversations for you to look at and read. If you prefer to see a video of the conversations these have been included as well. You can see the ESL Halloween vocabulary page if you need help understanding any of the words used.
After the conversations there are 3 exercises for you to do. These will help you learn how to use the Halloween vocabulary in conversations. The 3 ESL Halloween conversation exercise are as follows:
Situation: Patrick (an American exchange student), Jane and Andrew discuss what Halloween is like in America.
Patrick: What do you guys in England do at Halloween?
Andrew: We do not do much. It’s not a big holiday like in America.
Jane: I normally watch scary films with my friends.
Andrew: What would you do?
Patrick: We would all decorate our houses and try to make them look scary.
Jane: I think that is a fun thing to do. All the decorations with the cobwebs are very nice.
Patrick: Children would go trick-or-treating and get given lots of candy.
Andrew: I like the idea of being given sweets.
Patrick: Many adults would have parties with their friends or family.
Andrew: What was your favorite part when you were at home in America?
Patrick: I liked it when all the kids came to the house dressed as small monsters. They looked so cute.
Jane: Do you want to help us have a proper Halloween party?
Patrick: Yes that would be great fun.
Situation: Jane invites Tui, Lucy and Bob to the Halloween party.
Jane: Hi there. Do you want to come to a Halloween party?
Lucy: Yes sure, that would be great.
Jane: Great. It’s a costume party. You’ll need to find a scary disguise to wear.
Bob: It should be a fun party, but why are we having it?
Jane: It’s to make Patrick, the American exchange student, feel at home.
Tui: Why would having a party make him feel at home?
Bob: Halloween is a holiday that is celebrated a lot in America but not as much in the UK.
Tui: Ok. So you wouldn’t normally celebrate Halloween?
Jane: Not the same as in America. I would normally just watch scary films with my friends.
Lucy: In America nearly all the houses have frightening decorations and that is not done much in the UK.
Bob: They also carve scary faces into pumpkins and put candles inside so it glows.
Tui: It should be a fun party if we can do all that. I’m looking forward to it.
Jane: Great I’m glad you can all come.
There are now 3 exercises for you to do that will help you learn how to use the Halloween vocabulary even better.
Choose the best option (A-D) from the questions below to fill in each of the gaps in the following ESL Halloween conversation.
Situation: Andrew and Lucy discuss what costumes they will wear to the Halloween party.
Andrew: What costume are you going to wear to the party?
Lucy: I’m not sure. __________1___________.
Andrew: Yes, __________2___________.
Lucy: There are lots of different scary monsters to choose from. Which is the best?
Andrew: the most common ones are ghost, vampire, werewolf or witch.
Lucy: You could also go as a villager with a pitchfork to try to chase the monsters away.
Andrew: __________3__________ that is a dead person who has come back to life.
Lucy: That sounds good. __________4___________ your face look scary.
Andrew: What will you choose?
Lucy: I think I will go as a werewolf. __________5___________.
Andrew: That’s a good choice. It’ll be a great party.
Lucy: Yes it’ll be a very fun party.
Now, in this ESL Halloween conversation exercise, you need to write a conversation between 2 or more people about Halloween. It could be people taking about what they will do or why they like Halloween. Or it could be at a Halloween party and everyone is taking about the costumes.
In this exercise you need to have a conversation with a friend about Halloween. Below there are two sets of questions. On person uses set A and the other person uses set B. Try to speak as much as you can and give long answers.
You can also download the questions on conversation cards by clicking the following picture.
For more conversation cards you can download my ‘80 ESL Conversation Cards’ ebook.
Question set A
Question set B