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Learn to Sign Halloween Words in American Sign Language

By Annie Young, Publisher of Macaroni Kid Santa Ana, CA & Updated by Christen Reiner, Macaroni Kid Lakewood-Littleton & Macaroni Kid Denver Editor and Publisher October 16, 2020


Looking for fun and interesting ways to celebrate Halloween this year? We have definitely had to get creative in 2020, but learning Halloween signs was a fun activity for my family... all of us really enjoyed learning a new way to communicate.

We decided to take it a step further and learn the entire ASL alphabet. Check out the following videos to learn it, too!


Try these fun and simple signs with your family. Watch the video for demonstrations. Who can remember the most signs?

πŸŽƒ Halloween – Place both curved hands in front of your eyes (or in the “h” shape) and open them up. 

πŸŽƒ Pumpkin – Flick your middle finger on the back of your closed fist 2 times.

πŸŽƒ Ghost/Spirit – Pinch both your index or middle finger and thumbs together on both hands. Move the upper hand upwards in a spiral.

πŸŽƒ Black Cat – Drag your index finger across your forehead, then pinch and stroke your "cat whiskers".

πŸŽƒ Witch – Take your letter X hand at your nose and bring it down to your other letter X hand.

πŸŽƒ Monster –Bring your hands in a shape of a claw at shoulder level and act like a monster.

πŸŽƒ Spider – Touch both hands at the wrist, one hand on top of the other and wiggle your fingers.

πŸŽƒ Candy – Point your index finger to your cheek and twist.

Watch Rachel Coleman from Signing Time demonstrate Halloween signs:



Annie Young is the publisher of Macaroni Kid Santa Ana, CA, and is a full-time Special Education Teacher and certified Signing Time Instructor. She uses sign language in her classroom and has taught baby sign language for the past 6 years.