Tagalog Words for Halloween

In the Philippines, the first two days of November are All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, respectively. These are known as the Undas season, when Filipinos go back to their hometowns to visit and clean the graves of their departed family members.

Due to Western influence regarding Halloween, the date of October 31 is now more likely to be considered a non-working holiday devoted to visiting one’s departed relatives than is November 2, much to the chagrin of Catholic church officials.

In fact, in the year 2016, the government declared October 31 a holiday, but not November 2. That was however likely because of the fact too that October 31 this year falls on a Monday — it’s a very long holiday weekend indeed from October 29 (Saturday) to November 1 (Tuesday).

Gabi ng Pangangaluluwa
Halloween

kaluluwa
soul / spirit

multo
ghost

may multo
haunted

kalansay
skeleton

mga buto
bones

bungo
skull

kabaong
coffin /casket

sementeryo
cemetery

buwan
moon

bruha
witch

walis
broom

lumipad
flew

lumilipad
flying

itim na pusa
black cat

tumakbo
to run away

magtago
to hide

Oktubre
October

huling araw ng Oktubre
last day of October

ika-31 ng Oktubre
31st of October

Bisperas ng Araw ng mga Patay
Eve of the Day of the Dead

kumatok sa pinto
knock on the door

humingi ngĀ kendi
ask for candy

Mag-ingat ka.
Take care.

nakakatakot
scary

nakakakilabot
creepy

gagamba
spider

kuwago
owl

bampira
vampire

Drakula
Dracula

paniki
bat

Takbo!
Run!


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