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Welcome to the Web's first page of quotes for Halloween! Back when I was a kid here in the desert it used to be chilly on Halloween night, but nowadays they all wear summer-style costumes. I usually go as a ghost writer. Ha, I jest. What I actually do is take the opportunity to eat far too much candy. Each year I'm waiting to see an Edgar Allan Poe, Hester Prynne, or a bookworm going down the street but no such luck yet. Well anyway, please enjoy the quotes! —tεᖇᖇ¡·g


On Halloween, witches come true;
Wild ghosts escape from dreams...
~Nicholas Gordon, poemsforfree.com


I don't know that there are real ghosts and goblins, but there are always more trick-or-treaters than neighborhood kids. ~Robert Brault


The rhythms of freak are ruled by the holiday calendar, and specifically by Halloween, which as we all know, can be traced back to All Hallows' Eve, an ancient religious rite in which priests raced around the streets of Dublin throwing snack-size Snickers bars at impoverished children. ~Steve Almond, "Night of the Living Freak," Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America, 2004


I bet living in a nudist colony takes all the fun out of Halloween. ~13-year-old's entry to a deep thoughts newspaper contest


And graves have yawn'd, and yielded up their dead...
And ghosts did shriek and squeal about the streets.
~William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, 1599  [II, 2, Calpurnia]


October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins. ~Rainbow Rowell, Attachments, 2011


Peter is such a candy freak. I knew he'd stay out all night if he could... This was his biggest night of the year. Bigger than Christmas. When he got home, he'd turn the shopping bag over on his rug and dump out all the candy. Then he'd sort it for hours, making piles of one candy bar and then another. He's so totally mental. Sometimes when he was smaller he'd actually roll on his back in his Halloween candy, like a dog. ~R.L. Stine, Goosebumps Hall of Horrors: Night of the Giant Everything, 2011


Eat, drink, and be scary. ~Rosie O'Donnell


There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly-lit front porch. ~Robert Brault


Halloween wraps fear in innocence,
As though it were a slightly sour sweet.
Let terror, then, be turned into a treat...
~Nicholas Gordon, poemsforfree.com


Being sure to stock up on loads of sweets for Halloween so you have something to eat while hiding in the wardrobe  ~Rob Temple, Very British Problems, @SoVeryBritish, tweet, 2019


      I'm a great lover of visual art and I will happily discuss the color and texture of Van Gogh's Starry Night... But I can think of nothing on earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night, which, for me, was ten to fifteen pounds of candy, a riot of colored wrappers and hopeful fonts, snub-nosed chocolate bars and SweeTARTS, the seductive rattle of Jujyfruits and Good & Plenty and lollipop sticks all akimbo, the foil ends of mini LifeSavers packs twinkling like dimes, and a thick sugary perfume rising up from the pillowcase.
      And more so, the pleasure of pouring out the contents onto the rug in the TV room, of cataloging the take according to a strict Freak Hierarchy, calling for all chocolate products to be immediately quarantined, sorted, and closely guarded, with higher-quality fruit chews and caramels next, then hard candies, and last of all anything organic (the loathsome raisins). A brief period of barter with my brothers might ensue. For the most part, I simply lay amid my trove and occasionally massed the candy into a pile which I could sort of dive into, à la Scrooge McDuck and his gold ducats. ~Steve Almond, "Night of the Living Freak," Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America, 2004


Never let your kids buy an off-the-shelf Halloween costume. Forbid it, no matter how close you may be to the witching hour. Instead, help them make their own. Encourage them to use their imaginations and their ingenuity. Show them that what can be created is often better than what can be bought. And besides, don't the darkest, most frightening things live inside us anyway? ~Joe Kita, "What I Know" (The Best Halloween Costume), Wisdom of Our Fathers, 1999


Today, of course, our paranoia about child safety has reached this fabulous zenith whereby kids are only allowed to trick-or-treat accompanied by an adult... But back in the blithe, porno-soaked, latch-key seventies, the idea of trick-or-treating with a parent in tow was unthinkable — like publicly disclosing a preference for Barry Manilow. And yes, we heard plenty of tales about creepy old men sinking razors into caramel apples. But this only added an allure of risk to the endeavor. ~Steve Almond, "Night of the Living Freak," Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America, 2004


Hark! Hark to the wind! ’T is the night, they say,
When all souls come back from the far away—
The dead, forgotten this many a day!
~Virna Sheard (1862–1943), "Hallowe’en"


Gnome and elf and fairy,
Witch and ghost make merry
On this last of dear October’s days.
~Lettie C. Van Derveer, Halloween Happenings, 1921


’Tis night for revel, set apart
To reillume the darkened heart,
      And rout the hosts of dole.
’Tis night when Goblin, Elf, and Fay,
Come dancing in their best array,
To prank and royster on their way,
      And ease the troubled soul.
~John Kendrick Bangs, "Hallowe’en," Echoes of Cheer, 1912


May Jack-o-lanterns burning bright
      Of soft and golden hue
      Pierce through the future's veil and show
      What fate now holds for you.
By goblins of the cornfield stark
      By witches dancing on the green
      By pumpkins grinning in the dark
      I wish you luck this Hallowe’en.
~Postcard from the early 1900s


On Halloween, what bothers some
      About these witches, is how come
      In sailing, through the air, like bats
      They never seem, to lose their hats?...
Another thing: if brooms can fly,
      Do witches keep them handy-by
      To sweep the kitchen floor with, say?
      Or do they have them locked away
      For private passage through the sky?
~David McCord (1897–1997), "Witch’s Broom Notes"


Funny faces, tall black hats,
Horns and ghosts and witches’ cats.
We have many good things to eat
With boys at the door saying, "Trick or treat!"
~Julia Ann Andersen, in American Childhood, 1946


Frights and chills
      Spooky thrills
      Candy and nuts
      Seedy pumpkin guts
Tricking for treats
      Treasure bag of sweets
      A floating apparition
      Imaginative night vision
Zombie, werewolf, vampire
      Witches’ cauldrons lit afire
      Creepy ghost and spectre
      Hooded Reaper—soul collector
~Terri Guillemets, "Halloween Night," 2009


Hobgoblins know the proper way to dance:
Arms akimbo, loopy legs askew,
Leaping into darkness with delight,
Lusting for the ecstasy of fright,
Open to the charm of horrors new...
~Nicholas Gordon, poemsforfree.com, 2003


Bring forth the raisins and the nuts—
To-night All-Hallow’s Spectre struts
      Along the moonlit way...
~John Kendrick Bangs, "Hallowe’en," Echoes of Cheer, 1912



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