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Chinese Halloween Vocabulary Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. From dressing up and going trick-or-treating as a youngster, to wild parties that seemed to last all weekend in college, to awesome Halloween concerts, to scaring the crap out of unsuspecting Beijingers on the subway, I’ve always had fun on October 31st. Although Halloween isn’t exactly a big holiday here in China, more and more people are celebrating the “10,000 Saints Festival” (the literal translation of the Chinese name).

I guess you could say I kind of like Halloween.

I guess you could say I kind of like Halloween.

To help you gear up for Halloween in the Middle Kingdom, here are 25 Chinese vocabulary words:

  • Halloween (万圣节 – wàn shèng jié)

  • costume (服装 – fú zhuāng)

  • mask (面具 – miàn jù)

  • trick or treat (不給糖,就搗蛋 – bù gěi táng, jiù dǎo dàn)

  • candy (糖果 – táng guǒ)

  • bat (蝙蝠 – biān fú)

  • black cat (黑猫 – hēi māo)

  • spider (蜘蛛 – zhī zhū)

  • ghost (鬼魂 – guǐ hún)

  • vampire (吸血鬼 – xī xuè guǐ)

  • skeleton (骷髅 – kū lóu)

  • Frankenstein (科学怪人 – kē xué guài rén)

  • witch (女巫 – nǚ wū)

  • mummy (木乃伊 – mù nǎi yī)

  • zombie (僵尸 – jiāng shī)

  • werewolf (狼人 – láng rén)

  • pumpkin (南瓜 – nán guā)

  • jack-o-lantern (南瓜灯 – nán guā dēng)

  • ghost story (鬼故事 – guǐ gù shì)

  • haunted house (鬼屋 – guǐ wū)

  • corn maze (玉米迷宫 – yù mǐ mí gōng)

  • bobbing for apples (咬苹果游戏 – yǎo píng guǒ yóu xì)

  • horror movies (恐怖电影 – kǒng bù diàn yǐng)

  • Halloween party (万圣节晚会 – wàn shèng jié wǎn huì)

  • Happy Halloween (万圣节快乐 – wàn shèng jié kuài lè)

Learn some of this vocabulary from Apple Chinese.

Here’s an important question for Halloween:


nǐ yào dǎ bàn chéng shén me
What are you going to dress up as?

To answer, just say:


wǒ yào dǎ bàn chéng
I’m going to dress up as…

Plus your costume. For example:

  • Spiderman (蜘蛛侠 – zhī zhū xiá)

  • Cinderella (灰姑娘 – huī gū niáng)

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (忍者神龟 – rěn zhě shén guī)

To get you more into the Halloween spirit, here’s a video of the Beijing zombie apocalypse from 2012:

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About the Author: sasha

Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.

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