It’s Halloween time in Spain, and the streets are full of witches, ghouls and ghosts! We’ve got some special treats for you (and no tricks!) – Some great ‘scary’ Spanish vocab and phrases!
The Super-Useful, Real Spanish ‘Scary’ Vocab and Phrases!
Here are some ‘frights and scares’ Spanish phrases for you to use all year round, and not just at Halloween!
Asustar – To scare someone or give someone a shock.
¡No me asustes! – Don’t scare me.
Ben: No arranca el coche – The car won’t start.
Marina: ¡No me asustes, que acabo de recogerlo del taller! – Don’t scare me like that, I just picked it up from the workshop!
Un susto – a shock.
¡Qué susto me has dado! – What a fright you just gave me (e.g. when someone comes into a room without you noticing).
¡Qué susto me ha dado el perro! – What a shock that dog gave me.
Me llevé un susto que no veas / me he dado un susto de muerte – I got a really big shock (for really serious situations/shocks).
Ha habido un accidente de tráfico justo delante mío, y pensé que no iba a frenar a tiempo. Me he dado un susto de muerte. – There was a car accident right in front of me, and I thought I wouldn’t be able to stop in time. I got a terrible shock.
¡Qué susto, un vampiro! – What a fright, a vampire! (When your neighbour appears in his vampire costume this halloween!)
Great Spanish Colloquial Phrases With ‘Miedo’
‘Miedo‘ (Fear) is another great Spanish word that changes meaning completely depending on whether it is used literally or colloquially:
Ay, ¡me das mucho miedo! – Ah, you’re really scaring me! (For ‘ghosts’ at Halloween!)
Hubo una gran tormenta mientras íbamos caminando por el campo y pasamos mucho miedo – There was a big storm while we were walking in the countryside and we got really scared.
Una película de miedo – A horror film.
Miedo is also used colloquially here in Spain (by people of all ages) to mean something is great:
Este helado está de miedo – This ice cream is amazing.
Fuimos a los Alpes este verano y lo pasamos de miedo – We went to the Alps this summer and had a fantastic time.
Happy Halloween From Ben and Marina!