That time of year has come around again, where people start to dress up in terrifying costumes and decorate their homes with gruesome objects designed to scare the pants off anybody who dares to step foot on their property.
Outside they place a devilishly looking pumpkin, to warn away the soulless ghouls.
Yes, you guessed it, it’s HALLOWEEEEEN!!!
Learning English is fun, and even more so when it’s a holiday or festival.
So, we thought we’d create our blog post around this frightful time of year.
If you like learning English phrases and expressions, then you’re going to love this post.
We share 10 terrifying English idioms that have a Halloween twist.
1. Come back to haunt you.
This ghostly expression means that a past decision may cause problems in the future.
It may have some sort of an effect on you at a later date.
"His poor treatment of his employees might come back to haunt him some day."
This also could mean that something has returned, as a thought or memory.
"I've barely slept because that nightmare has come back to haunt me every night this week."
2. Send shivers down your spine.
This frightful expression means to cause an intense feeling of fear, nervousness in somebody.
It can also be used as way of expressing excitement and joy or intense pleasure.
"This creepy old house is scary it’s sending shivers down my spine!"
"It sends a shiver down my spine. When I hear a nice piece of music".
3. Make one’s blood boil.
This awful idiom means to make somebody furious/very angry So much that they express their anger.
Animal cruelty really makes my blood boil.
It makes blood boil when my neighbour plays his music so loud when it’s late at night.
4. Walking over someone’s grave.
Someone is walking over my grave" is a creepy old expression that is usually made in "response to a sudden unexplained shudder or shivering."
It is similar to "goose bumps" that one gets when startled or from sudden coldness.
"Aww! I feel as if someone has just walked over my grave."
5. Dig your own grave
This freaky idiom means to make something worse for yourself.
Also, it may mean to do something that may eventually hurt you in some way.
"Tom was digging his own grave by dropping out of college so soon."
6. Be the devil’s advocate
The sinister term 'Devil's advocate' was brought into English in the 18th century from the medieval Latin expression 'advocatus diaboli'.
It’s used to describe someone as mischievous and someone who pretends to disagree with you in order to have a good discussion about something.
“Often the interviewer will need to play the devil's advocate, to put the other side's case forward”
7. Like a bat out of hell
This sinful idiom means to move extremely fast, This expression presumably relates to the rapid darting movement of bats.
“She ran down the street like a bat out of hell”
8. Over my dead body.
If you reply 'Over my dead body' when a plan or action has been suggested, you are emphasizing that you dislike it, and will do everything you can to prevent it.
“Let's invite Jane to dinner?”
'Over my dead body!' you know she annoys me.
Stab someone in the back.
If you say that someone has stabbed you in the back, you mean that they have done something very harmful to you when you thought that you could trust them.
You can refer to an action of this kind as a stab in the back.
“He felt betrayed, as though her daughter had stabbed her in the back”
Drop dead gorgeous.
If someone is described as 'drop dead gorgeous', it means they are really good looking.
Think of it this way: Imagine someone who is so good looking, so handsome, that your heart starts beating really fast, you start to feel short of breath, and you just drop down dead.
Wow did you see Emma she is drop dead gorgeous?
So there you have our 10 spooky idioms with a Halloween twist. Remember, the best way to remember idioms is to use them in your own sentences.
Why not try and make your own sentences with these freaky expressions.
Is Halloween celebrated in your country? Let us know in the comments.
Matthew & Becky
Native British Teachers
Online English Skills
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