As Halloween approaches, ghouls and goblins haunt the alleyways, and spooky words keep cropping up in conversation. Practice your English listening skills and learn heaps of eerie words with these 10 short Halloween dictations for ESL students! Boo!

HAUNT

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ALLEYWAY

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SPOOKY

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CROP UP

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EERIE

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HALLOWEEN WORDS: English Dictation 1

 

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Do you have a broom? I’ve got to clear the cobwebs out of the attic.

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HALLOWEEN WORDS: English Dictation 2

 

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Anna cackled and ran her long, warty finger around the rim of the cauldron. “The hour is nigh,” she said.

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warty = covered in warts

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HALLOWEEN WORDS: English Dictation 3

 

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The black cat stalked the toad through the bushes. What a scrumptious midnight snack this would be.

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Halloween candy is scrumptious, too! Yummy!

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HALLOWEEN WORDS: English Dictation 4

 

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Her face was ashen, and her voice was caught in her throat. “What’s the matter?” said Larry. “You look like you’ve seen a ghost.”

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HALLOWEEN WORDS: English Dictation 5

 

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An army of skeletons rattled down the lane, animated by the old hag‘s spell. Good men and pious women in life, they now marched forward to serve her sinister purpose.

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HALLOWEEN WORDS: English Dictation 6

 

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You’re going on a vampire tour in Transylvania for your honeymoon? That’s a bit morbid, isn’t it?

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HALLOWEEN WORDS: English Dictation 7

 

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That guy makes my skin crawl. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up having a cellar full of corpses or something!

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HALLOWEEN WORDS: English Dictation 8

 

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A shrill shriek soared through the air across the moors. A lump formed in Archibald’s throat. They were back.

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HALLOWEEN WORDS: English Dictation 9

 

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Ethel gave Miriam a withering glare. “Fetch me my potions forthwith, unless you want to see your entire family transmogrified into newts!” Miriam trembled and complied.

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HALLOWEEN WORDS: English Dictation 10

 

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This place gives me the willies! Let’s go home and study English before some evil befalls us!

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