Here are a few English expressions or idioms in honor of Halloween.
A BLOODCURDLING SCREAM: a terrified scream as to cause one’s blood to freeze.
A JINX: someone that brings bad luck or a spell.
CREEPY / SPOOKY : scary.
LIKE A BAT OUT OF HELL: very fast
SOMETHING/ SOMEBODY SENDS SHIVERS DOWN MY SPINE: feel frightened by something or someone.
THE WITCHING HOUR: midnight or any time of day when something bad is likely to occur.
TO BE (AS) PALE AS A GHOST / PALE AS DEATH: very pale or white in the face.
TO BE SCARED STIFF : very frightened so that one is unable to move.
TO BE SCARED WITLESS: very frightened so that one becomes senseless.
TO FREAK OUT : become scared, excited or disturbed, or very angry or upset.
TO GIVE SOMEONE THE CREEPS: make one feel frightened or nervous.
TO HAVE A SKELETON IN THE CLOSET : something that might bring shame or embarrassment to a family or person if other people knew about it.
TO JINX SOMETHING: bring bad luck.
TO MAKE ONE’S HAIR STAND ON END: cause one to be frightened
TO SCARE THE PANTS OFF SOMEONE / TO SCARE THE BEJESUS OUT OF SOMEONE : to frighten someone a great deal.
TO SHAKE LIKE A LEAF: be very scared and trembling.
TO SPOOKE SOMEONE : to startle or disorient someone.
TO STAB SOMEONE IN THE BACK: to betray somebody..
TO WEIRD SOMEONE OUT: make somebody feel very uncomfortable or uneasy.
Now try the following exercise! Complete the sentences with an idiomatic expression, or a part of it, from the list above.
- John came into the office, as pale as __________ after being mugged in the street.
- Please change the channel. The Walking Dead always _________ me out.
- The kids freaked __________ when we open the door wearing masks and costumes.
- I was scared ___________ when I saw a shadow at my window.
- John has a few ______________ in the _____________. He has accumulated tons of fines and tickets for bad driving and he lost his license last year.
- We used to be best friends, but she _________________ by telling lies about me to everyone.
- Last night my friends were telling urban legends that made my hair ________________.
- A bat came in through the window and ___________ my little brother, and he started screaming.
- Halloween movies scare the ____________ off me.
- Suspense movies send ____________________. After watching one, I have nightmares all night.
- When she saw a rat in the garden, little Tommy let out a ____________________.
- A guy in the store kept looking at me as I was buying groceries. He was really giving me ____________________.
- When we heard a noise coming from the basement we ran from the house _____________ out of hell.
- You scared __________________ out of me with your plastic spiders. I thought they were real!
- Is everything okay? You look as if ______________.
- I was __________________ witless when the light in the old house turned on and off by itself.
- I need to go to bed. It’s past the _____________.
- When I was a kid I was terrified to cross the yard alone. Nowadays I do it but I still shake ___________________.
- Your vampire mask is really ______________
- I thought our team was going to win but I didn't say so because I didn't want to _____________ it.