With Halloween just around the corner (coming soon), here are a few spooky sayings you might like to know.
bats in the belfry – A belfry is a part of a building (possibly a church) where bells are located. The belfry is located at the top of the building and represents the head or mind. If a person has bats in the belfry, it means that he is very strange or crazy.
Example: My uncle Robert has bats in the belfry. He came to my wedding in a clown costume.
to believe in – to believe that something or somebody exists
Example: Do you believe in ghosts?
to dress up – to wear costumes or clothes so that you look like someone/something else
Examples: Last Halloween, I dressed up as Madonna.
a ghost town – a town or place where there are no people because they have all left
Example: When the factory closed, everyone moved away, so now Cedarville is a ghost town.
to hand out (or hand something out) – to give something to each person in a group of people
Example: The teacher handed out candy to all of her students on Halloween.
to makes someone’s blood boil – to make someone angry
Example: When I hear about drunk drivers causing accidents, it makes my blood boil.
a night owl – a person who likes to be awake and active at night
Example: I’m a night owl. I hate waking up early in the morning, but I like to stay up late at night.
to scare the pants off someone – to frighten someone very badly
Example: That horror movie scared the pants off me!
scared stiff – frightened so badly that one cannot move
Example: Alan was scared stiff when I jumped out of the closet at him in the dark.
skeleton in the cupboard (or skeleton in the closet) – something that might bring embarrassment or shame to a person (or group of people, like a family) if other people found out about it
Example: Before I married my husband, I asked him if he had any skeletons in the closet.
witch-hunt – a search for people with unpopular opinions, usually with an aim of punishing them, because they are believed to be dangerous to the community
Example: Roger was the victim of a witch-hunt and was fired because of his radical ideas.