Idioms are everywhere in English, from books and movies to conversations and texts. They can be tricky to learn because these expressions don’t literally mean what they say, so it’s a good thing that students usually enjoy learning them! Make it more interesting by teaching idioms related to a certain theme, such as Halloween and make learning idioms even more fun by using a technique such as posters, skits, discussions, or stories!
Here is a list of spook-tacular Halloween idioms:
Meaning: very frightened (so scared that a person can’t move)
Example: When I saw the giant spider in my shower this morning, I was scared stiff.
Meaning: a building or other structure that is dangerous
Example: That old roller coaster is a death trap. It will collapse one day if they don’t fix it.
come back to haunt someone
Meaning: to make a mistake that will affect a person later on
Example: I skipped school a month ago, and now it’s come back to haunt me because my parents somehow found out.
make one’s blood boil
Meaning: to cause a person to be very angry
Example: When my boss ignores me during a meeting, it really makes my blood boil.
skeleton(s) in one’s closet / skeleton(s) in the cupboard
Meaning: an embarrassing secret (or secrets)
Example: If you decide to become a politician, be aware that reporters will look for skeletons in your closet.
Example: Last Halloween, we stayed up till the witching hour listening to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
Meaning: an area that’s empty and devoid of life or activity
Example: My hometown becomes a ghost town after 9:00 pm every night. There’s nothing to do!
blind as a bat
Meaning: not able to see well
Example: My grandmother really shouldn’t be driving anymore. She’s as blind as a bat these days.
Meaning: a person who loves staying up late
Example: My brother is an early bird who likes to study in the morning, but I’m a night owl so I always study at night.
the cat’s out of the bag / let the cat out of the bag
Meaning: revealing a surprise that was supposed to stay hidden
Example: We weren’t going to tell anyone we were expecting a baby for three months, but my mom posted it on Facebook, so the cat’s out of the bag.