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Definition: shockingly frightful
Example: There were a string of ghastly murders committed last year.
Definition: to appear to frequently as a spirit or ghost
Example: The old lady you saw is a ghost who haunts the castle.
Definition: a pumpkin hollowed out and carved into a design, typically a face, with a light put inside
Example: Tom and I make jack-o’-lanterns together for Halloween every year.
Definition: gruesome in a way that is related to death or violence
Example: We thought the art exhibit was very macabre.
Definition: a gathering in which all of the participants wear masks and often costumes
Example: Were you invited to the New Year’s masquerade party?
Definition: to pretend to be someone you are not
Example: It was like a dog masquerading as a cat!
Definition: eerie and causing unease
Example: That old house is really spooky.
Definition: of or relating to something not natural
Example: There is certainly some supernatural activity happening in this house.