Halloween Rhymes & Poems

Enjoy these quotes in verse for Halloween
From old books and poems did I them glean.
🎃 👻 😜  —ღ Terri

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

Halloween Quotations in Verse
Original post date: 2002 May 26
1st major revision: 2015 Nov 2
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