Halloween Idioms

Step 1

It’s the Halloween season. Below are some idioms related to this event! Read the idioms to see if you recognize any of the expressions, and then complete the remaining activities.

Halloween idioms: a skeleton in the closet; a night owl; to look daggers at someone; to smell a rat; to come back to haunt someone

Step 2

Now take a moment to listen to a dialogue. Can you guess what the idioms mean?

Step 3

Now, look at the script of the dialog. Listen to the dialog again. This is one of the best ways to build your listening skills.

Iliana:Hey, you’re quite a night owl. What are you still doing up?
Alejandro:I couldn’t sleep, so I thought I’d get up and play with the cat.
Iliana:Why can’t you sleep?
Alejandro:Big Bobby Button was looking daggers at me on the bus today. I got off two stops early, so I could avoid him.
Iliana:Why would he give you a mean look?
Alejandro:I’m not sure, but I think I smell a rat. Clyde was sitting next to him today, and I think he told Bobby that I was the one that put sand in his lunch box today.
Iliana:I hope you learned that past actions can really come back to haunt you.
Alejandro:I know. I’ll never do something like that again, but don’t we all have skeletons in our closet?


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