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Word Power Quiz: How Well Do You Know These Halloween Terms?

As nights lengthen and a chill sets in, the time is ripe to share scary stories. Create a spooky atmosphere with these Halloween words—if you dare!

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Halloween Words Quiz

Grimoire

A: Cup made from a skull
B: Book of magic spells
C: Haunted wardrobe

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Answer: B—Book of magic spells

As in, “The dusty grimoire contained an incantation for revealing any unseen spirits in the room.”

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Curdle

A: Turn mouldy
B: Bleed
C: Separate into lumps

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Answer: C—Separate into lumps

As in, “Jamille interviewed village elders in the hopes of collecting some blood-curdling local ghost stories.”

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Ephialtes

A: Madness
B: Nightmare
C: Clairvoyance

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Answer: B—Nightmare

As in, “Although Fadil’s eyes were open, he was in the grips of an ephialtes.”

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Samhain

A: Pagan festival that evolved into Halloween
B: Mischievous entity that inhabits dolls
C: Formal gathering of witches

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Correct answer: A—Pagan festival that evolved into Halloween

As in, “Ancient Celts believed otherworldly beings could pass into this dimension during Samhain.”

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Dullahan

A: Type of demon found in the Bible
B: Vampire leader
C: Headless horseman of Irish folklore

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Answer: C—Headless horseman of Irish folklore

As in, “Legend has it that if the dullahan pauses his ride near a house, somebody there will die.”

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Shroud

A: Mummy’s coffin
B: Burial cloth
C: Seemingly bottomless pit

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Answer: B—Burial cloth

As in, “The figure wore a shroud as it glided through the darkened passage.”

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