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Chinese Vocabulary for Halloween Posted by on Oct 17, 2019 in Culture, festivals

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.

Chinese Vocabulary for Halloween

To help you gear up for the famous spooky holiday in China, here are 25 Chinese vocabulary words for Halloween:

万圣节
服装
面具
不给糖就捣蛋
糖果
蝙蝠
黑猫
蜘蛛
鬼魂
吸血鬼
骷髅
科学怪人
女巫
木乃伊
僵尸
狼人
南瓜
南瓜灯
鬼屋
玉米迷宫
咬苹果游戏
恐怖电影
万圣节晚会
万圣节快乐

wàn shèng jié
fú zhuāng
miàn jù
bù gěi táng jiù dǎo dàn
táng guǒ
biān fú
hēi māo
zhī zhū
guǐ hún
xī xuè guǐ
kū lóu
kē xué guài rén
nǚ wū
mù nǎi yī
jiāng shī
láng rén
nán guā
nán guā dēng
guǐ wū
yù mǐ mí gōng
yǎo píng guǒ yóu xì
kǒng bù diàn yǐng
wàn shèng jié wǎn huì
wàn shèng jié kuài lè
Halloween
costume
mask
trick or treat
candy
bat
black cat
spider
ghost
vampire
skeleton
Frankenstein
witch
mummy
zombie
werewolf
pumpkin
jack-o-lantern
haunted house
corn maze
bobbing for apples
horror movie
Halloween party
Happy Halloween

Questions About Halloween

Practice your Chinese by answering these questions about Halloween:

你喜欢万圣节吗? 为什么?
nǐ xǐ huan wàn shèng jié ma? wèi shén me
Do you like Halloween? Why?

你打算怎么过万圣节?
nǐ dǎ suàn zěn me guò wàn shèng jié
How do you plan to spend Halloween?

你喜欢看恐怖电影吗? 你有最喜欢的吗?
nǐ xǐ huan kàn kǒng bù diàn yǐng ma? nǐ yǒu zuì xǐ huan de ma
Do you like to watch horror movies? Do you have a favorite?

你要打扮成什么?
nǐ yào dǎ bàn chéng shén me
What are you going to dress up as?

To answer, just say:

我要打扮成…
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)

Further Reading and Viewing

If you like watching horror movies and learning Chinese, why not watch some freaky movies from China? Check out this post I wrote a few years back about 5 Chinese Horror Movies!

What happens when a zombie apocalypse invades Beijing? Find out in this short and funny video!

Down in Kunming, one fun Halloween activity I joined was a re-enactment of Plants vs. Zombies. It was a ton of fun and I put a little video together for you to check out.

Wherever you are celebrating the spooky holiday, I wish you a….

万圣节快乐!

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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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