13 Ways to celebrate ‘Talk like a Pirate day!’

International Talk like a Pirate day falls on 19th September every year and we can’t help but celebrate it! We love the idea of a swashbuckling adventure on stormy seas in search of hidden treasure, discovering desert islands and sharing stories of our travels.

OK, so we probably have a slightly romantic vision of what it was like to be a pirate. What matters on International Talk like a Pirate Day though is that you have a lot of fun with your friends. So how can you celebrate Talk like a Pirate Day?

1.Learn to talk like a Pirate

This idea is slightly obvious, I know! Slur your words when you talk. Drop your g’s and v’s in words. Instead of “never ever,” for example, say “ne’er e’er.” Swap words like “laughing” or “swimming” with “laughin'” and “swimmin'”

Here are some pirate words to help you:


  • Ahoy, matey = Hello, friend
  • Avast ye = Pay attention
  • Walk the plank = A punishment which entails someone who walks over the side of the ship off of the plank.
  • Heave ho = Instruction to put some strength into whatever one is doing
  • Thar she blows! = An expression used when a whale is spotted from the ship
  • Son of a biscuit eater = An insult
  • Scuttle = To sink a ship
  • Scallywag = A name that is used as an insult to someone
  • Shiver me timbers = An expression used to show shock or disbelief

Pirates and their belongings

  • Cackle fruit = Chicken eggs
  • Cutlass = Type of sword used by the pirates
  • Old salt = A sailor that has a great deal of experience on the seas
  • Seadog = An old sailor or pirate
  • Duffle = A sailor’s belongings
  • Landlubber = A person who is not very skilled at sea
  • Powder monkey = A gunner’s assistant
  • Black jack = Large drinking cups
  • Booty = Treasure

The pirate ship

  • Batten down the hatches = A signal to prepare the ship for an upcoming storm
  • Head = Toilet on board the ship
  • Jacob’s Ladder = Rope ladder that was used to climb aboard ships
  • Monkey = Small cannon
  • Poop deck = Deck that is the highest and farthest back
  • Crow’s nest = The place on the ship where the lookout stand is built
  • Jolly Roger = The famous pirate flag with a skull and crossbones on it
  • Man-O-War = The name used for a pirate ship that is all set and ready to go to war

2. Do some pirate crafts

Get your hands on a Squidgydoodle Pirate Craft box and get your very own swashbuckling adventure delivered straight through your letterbox!


3. Watch a pirate film

Sit back and watch some other pirates do all the hard work. You;ll be spoilt for choice: Pirates of the Caribbean, Peter Pan, Muppet Treasure Island, The Pirates! Band of Misfits. Can you think of any more?

4. Make some pirate themed food


Get creative in the kitchen with some pirate themed food. How about carving a watermelon pirate ship? Or making fruit swords? Cook meatballs for canon balls, You can find lots of other pirate themed food ideas on my Pirate Party Pinterest Board.

5. Give yourself a pirate name

Use this pirate name generator to find out your Pirate name. I’m Lily-livered Lindsey the Seadog!

6. Tell some pirate jokes

  • Why is it hard to call pirates on the phone? Because they always leave the phone off the hook.
  • Why couldn’t the pirate play cards? Because he was sitting on the deck.
  • How much does a pirate’s peg leg and hook cost? An arm and a leg.
  • What’s a pirate’s favourite hobby? Arrrrrrrrrrt.
  • What’s a pirate’s favourite film? Booty and the Beast.
  • Why should you never take a pea from a pirate? He becomes irate.
  • Why does it take pirates so long to learn the alphabet? They spend years at C!

7. Make a pirate obstacle course

Pirate obstacle courses are a lot of fun to create, with planks to walk, sharks to avoid, desert islands to search for treasure and more, let your imagination. Take a look at a pirate obstacle course we made for a Pirate Party.

8. Learn about real pirates

I love this interactive resource all about pirates from DK Find out!

9. Play some pirate games

There are lots of fun pirate games which you can play with a group of friends. How about pin the pirate patch on the pirate, captain’s game or sneaky pirates game?

10. Read a pirate book

Here’s our top 5 pirate books for kids (Amazon Affiliate Links provided):

11. Dress up like a pirate

You don’t need expensive outfits to dress like a pirate. You can make your own pirate costume with things that you probably have at home.

12. Throw a pirate party

If you want to share the adventure with your friends you could throw a pirate party. I know, that sounds like a whole lot of hard work, but don’t worry. If you buy a Squidgydoodle Pirate Party Box, all the hard work is done for you. You can just sit back and relax on your desert island!

13. Have a pirate sing-along!

There are some great pirate songs which you could have a sing-along to. I’ve put together a pirate playlist, with a mixture of songs you can sing to and some which you could use to create atmosphere at a pirate party.

I hope you have a fantastic ‘Talk Like a Pirate Day’. I’d love to hear what you do to celebrate.

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