When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
‘tis near Halloween.
They that are born on Halloween shall see more than other
~Saying of unknown origin
'Tis the night - the night
Of the grave's delight,
And the warlocks are at their play;
Ye think that without
The wild winds shout,
But no, it is they - it is they.
~Arthur Cleveland Coxe
Men say that in this midnight hour,
The disembodièd have power
To wander as it liketh them,
By wizard oak and fairy stream.
I don't know that there are real ghosts and goblins, but there are always more
trick-or-treaters than neighborhood kids.
Bring forth the raisins and the nuts-
Tonight All-Hallows' Spectre struts
Along the moonlit way.
~John Kendrick Bangs
From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!
One need not be a chamber to be haunted;
One need not be a house;
The brain has corridors surpassing
Where there is no imagination there is no horror.
~Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr.
Just like a ghost, you've been a-hauntin' my dreams,
So I'll propose on Halloween.
Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you.
There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls. ~George
Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen,
Voices whisper in the trees, "Tonight is Halloween!"
Charlie Brown is the one person I identify with. C.B. is such a loser. He wasn't
even the star of his own Halloween special. ~Chris Rock
A gypsy fire is on the hearth,
Sign of the carnival of mirth;
Through the dun fields and from the glade
Flash merry folk in masquerade,
For this is Hallowe'en!
Once in a young lifetime one should be allowed to have as much sweetness as one
can possibly want and hold. ~Judith Olney
Auld Daddy Darkness creeps frae his hole,
Black as a blackamoor, blin' as a mole....
Of calling shapes, and beck'ning shadows dire,
And airy tongues that syllable men's names.
Stir the fire till it lowe
How like a queen comes forth the lonely Moon
From the slow opening curtains of the clouds
Walking in beauty to her midnight throne!
Backward, turn backward,
O Time, in your flight
make me a child again
just for to-night!
~Elizabeth Akers Allen