Halloween Quotes and Sayings

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Quotes and Sayings

Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen,
Voices whisper in the trees, "Tonight is Halloween!"
~ Dexter Kozen.

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'Tis the night - the night
Of the grave's delight...
~ Arthur Cleveland Coxe.

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If a man harbors any sort of fear, it makes him landlord to a ghost.
~ Lloyd Douglas.

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Hark! Hark to the wind! 'Tis the night, they say,
When all souls come back from the far away -
The dead, forgotten this many a day!
~ Virna Sheard.

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Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble.
~ from "Macbeth".

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You wouldn't believe
On All Hallow Eve
What lots of fun we can make,
With apples to bob,
And nuts on the hob,
And a ring-and-thimble cake.
~ Carolyn Wells.

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... we in the light
sometimes fear what is no more to be feared than the things children in the dark hold in
terror and imagine will come true.
~ Titus Lucretius Carus.

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Fear is nature's warning signal to get busy.
~ Henry C. Link.

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Acting is like a Halloween mask that you put on.
~ River Phoenix.

Proof of our society's decline is that Halloween has become a broad daylight event for many.
~ Robert Kirby.

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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.

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This Halloween the most popular mask is the Arnold Schwarzenegger mask. And the best part? With a mouth full of candy you will sound just like him.
~ Conan O'Brien.

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True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about but few have seen.
~ Anonymous.

There is a child in every one...

The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.
~ H. P. Lovecraft.

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To suffering there is a limit; to fearing, none.
~ Sir Francis Bacon.

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Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is
increased with tales, so is the other.
~ Sir Francis Bacon.

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Where there is no imagination there is no horror.
~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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Halloween is huge in my house and we really get into the "spirits" of things.
~ Dee Snider

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This Halloween the most popular mask is the Arnold Schwarzenegger mask. And the best part? With a mouth full of candy you will sound just like him.
~ Conan O'Brien

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'Tis now the very witching time of night,
When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out
Contagion to this world.
William Shakespeare

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A house is never still in darkness to those who listen intently; there is a whispering in distant chambers, an unearthly hand presses the snib of the window, the latch rises. Ghosts were created when the first man awoke in the night.
~ J.M. Barrie

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Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting, Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing, For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
William Shakespeare

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"Pixie, kobold, elf, and sprite,
All are on their rounds tonight;
In the wan moon's silver ray,
Thrives their helter-skelter play."
~ Joel Benton

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"Nothing beats a haunted moonlit night on All Hallows Eve.... And on this fatal night, at this witching time, the starless sky laments black and unmoving. The somber hues of an ominous, dark forest are suddenly illuminated under the emerging face of the full moon."
~ Kim Elizabeth

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"Men say that in this midnight hour,
The disembodièd have power
To wander as it liketh them,
By wizard oak and fairy stream."
~ William Motherwell

Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen...

"At first cock-crow the ghosts must go
Back to their quiet graves below."
~ Theodosia Garrison

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'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

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What fearful shapes and shadows beset his path, amidst the dim and ghastly glare of a snowy night! With what wistful look did he eye every trembling ray of light streaming across the waste fields from some distant window! How often was he appalled by some shrub covered with snow, which, like a sheeted specter, beset his very path! How often did he shrink with curdling awe at the sound of his own steps on the frosty crust beneath his feet; and dread to look over his shoulder, lest he should behold some uncouth being tramping close behind him! and how often was he thrown into complete dismay by some rushing blast, howling among the trees, in the idea that it was the Galloping Hessian on one of his nightly scouring!
- Washington Irving (a quote from "The Legend of Sleep Hollow")

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There is a sacred HORROR about everything grand. It is easy to admire mediocrity and hills;
but whatever is too lofty, a genius as well as a mountain, an assembly as well as a
masterpiece, seen too near, is appalling.
-Victor Hugo

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"There is something haunting in the light of the moon; it has all the dis-passionateness of a disembodied soul, and something of its inconceivable mystery."
- Joseph Conrad

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"Those seemingly interminable dark walks between houses, long before street-lit safety became an issue, were more adrenalizing than the mountains of candy filling the sack. Sadly Halloween, with our good-natured attempts to protect the little ones, from the increasingly dangerous traffic and increasingly sick adults, has become an utter bore."
- Lauren Springer

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"Bring forth the raisins and the nuts-
Tonight All-Hallows' Spectre struts
Along the moonlit way."
- John Kendrick Bangs

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From ghoulish and ghosties and long leggety beasties and things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!
- Scottish saying

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The witches fly
Across the sky,
The owls go, "Who? Who? Who?"
The black cats yowl
And green ghosts howl,
"Scary Halloween to you!"
--Nina Willis Walter

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

Let loose upon the Earth till it be light...

Halloween is huge in my house and we really get into the "spirits" of things.  ~Dee Snider

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At first cock-crow the ghosts must go
Back to their quiet graves below.
~Theodosia Garrison

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There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.  ~George Carlin

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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.
~Classics IV

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On Hallowe'en the thing
you must do
Is pretend that nothing
can frighten you
An' if somethin' scares you
and you want to run
Jus' let on like
it's Hallowe'en fun.
- from an Early Nineteenth Century Halloween Postcard

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One need not be a chamber to be haunted;
One need not be a house;
The brain has corridors surpassing
Material place.
- Emily Dickinson

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'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

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If a man harbors any sort of fear, it makes him landlord to a ghost.
- Lloyd Douglas

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Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen,
Voices whisper in the trees, "Tonight is Halloween!"
- Dexter Kozen

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Fear is nature's warning signal to get busy.
- Henry C. Link

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The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.
- H. P. Lovecraft

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Be wary then; best safety lies in fear. 
- Shakespeare "Hamlet"

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Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble.
- Shakespeare "Macbeth"

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Hark! Hark to the wind! 'Tis the night, they say,
When all souls come back from the far away- 
The dead, forgotten this many a day! 
- Virna Sheard

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From ghoulies and ghosties and long leggety beasties and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us! 
- Scottish saying

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Men say that in this midnight hour, 
The disembodièd have power 
To wander as it liketh them, 
By wizard oak and fairy stream. 
- William Motherwell

Tonight is Halloween!

At first cock-crow the ghosts must go
Back to their quiet graves below.
-Theodosia Garrison

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'Tis now the very witching time of night, When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out
Contagion to this world.
-William Shakespeare

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Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is
increased with tales, so is the other.
-Sir Francis Bacon, Essays [1625], "Of Death"

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To suffering there is a limit; to fearing, none.
-Sir Francis Bacon, Essays [1625], "Of Seditions and Troubles

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Ghosts, like ladies, never speak till spoke to.
-Richard Harris Barham

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For as children tremble and fear everything in the blind darkness, so we in the light
sometimes fear what is no more to be feared than the things children in the dark hold in
terror and imagine will come true.
-Titus Lucretius Carus [99-55 B.C.], De Rerum Natura, bk. III, l. 87

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Where there is no imagination there is no horror.
-Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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There is a sacred HORROR about everything grand. It is easy to admire mediocrity and hills;
but whatever is too lofty, a genius as well as a mountain, an assembly as well as a
masterpiece, seen too near, is appalling.
-Victor Hugo

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The dream reveals the reality which conception lags behind. That is the horror of life—the
terror of art.
-One of the best quotes by Franz Kafka

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From ghoulish and ghosties and long leggety beasties and things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!
- Scottish saying

Halloween Night

Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder's fork, and blind-worm's
sting, Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing, For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth
boil and bubble.
-William Shakespeare (a quote from "Macbeth")

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What fearful shapes and shadows beset his path, amidst the dim and ghastly glare of a snowy
night! With what wistful look did he eye every trembling ray of light streaming across the
waste fields from some distant window! How often was he appalled by some shrub covered with
snow, which, like a sheeted specter, beset his very path! How often did he shrink with
curdling awe at the sound of his own steps on the frosty crust beneath his feet; and dread
to look over his shoulder, lest he should behold some uncouth being tramping close behind
him! and how often was he thrown into complete dismay by some rushing blast, howling among
the trees, in the idea that it was the Galloping Hessian on one of his nightly scouring!
- Washington Irving (a quote from "The Legend of Sleep Hollow")

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Bring forth the raisins and the nuts- Tonight All-Hallows' Specter struts Along the moonlit
way.
-John Kendrick Bangs



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