20 Spooky Halloween-related Chinese Words

20 Spooky Halloween-related Chinese words | That's Mandarin Blog

Autumn is here, which brings fall colors, pumpkin spice lattes, and new holidays — including Halloween! So in this post, let’s look at 20 common Chinese words related to Halloween.

If you wonder why Halloween has become so popular in China and other countries that didn’t celebrate it in the past, it’s probably because it’s fun and social. It’s a great chance to get together with friends (and even strangers), dress up, and have a blast.

20 Chinese Words for Halloween
​万圣节
Wànshèng Jié
Halloween
​(lit.”ten thousand – saints/sages – festival”)

01. Ways to Dress Up

While some of us are ready to go all the way with makeup, costumes and props, there’s always a ‘lazy’ last-minute version of a halloween costume which is just a mask.
万圣节服装 Halloween costumes | Halloween-related Chinese vocabulary
万圣节服装
Wànshèng Jié fúzhuāng
Halloween costume
化妆 Make-up | Halloween-related Chinese vocabulary
万圣节化妆
Wànshèng Jié huàzhuāng
Halloween makeup
面具 Halloween masks | Halloween-related Chinese vocabulary
万圣节面具
Wànshèng Jié miànjù
Halloween mask

02. Halloween Costumes

Now, let’s take a look at the names of popular Halloween characters. If you don’t have an idea for a costume yet, you can use these keywords to browse Taobao.
女巫
nǚwū
witch

男巫
nánwū
wizard

吸血鬼
xīxuèguǐ
vampire

狼人
lángrén
werewolf

妖怪 Monster | Halloween-related Chinese vocabulary
妖怪
yāoguài
monster

木乃伊
mùnǎiyī
mummy

骨架
gǔjià
skeleton

僵尸
jiāngshī
zombie

骨架 Skeleton | Halloween-related Chinese vocabulary

03. Halloween Items

骨头
gútou
bones

扫帚
sàozhou
broom

骨头 Bones | Halloween-related Chinese vocabulary
南瓜灯
nánguā dēng
jack-o-lantern

蝙蝠
biānfú
bat

蜘蛛网
zhīzhūwǎng
spider web; cobweb

蜘蛛网 Spider web | Halloween-related Chinese vocabulary

04. Halloween Food

南瓜
nánguā
pumpkin


táng
candy

南瓜灯 Jack-o-lantern | Halloween-related Chinese vocabulary

05. Trick-or-treat

糖 Candy | Halloween-related Chinese vocabulary
不给糖就捣蛋
Bù gěi táng jiù dǎo dàn
Trick or treat
(Lit. “Not-give-candy-then-make-trouble”)
We hope that now you’re ready for this year’s Halloween celebration. Don’t forget to ask your Chinese friends and colleagues for treats in Chinese!

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