50 Spookiest Halloween Quotes

Updated October 3, 2023 | Infoplease Staff
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Halloween, the ghoul-filled season that we all love, is just around the corner. This holiday has been celebrated for centuries, with origins dating back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. It is believed that on this day, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead become blurred, allowing spirits to roam freely on Earth.

Moreover, it's a time for trick or treating, donning your best Halloween costume, and basking in the eerie glow of the full moon. As we fall into the spooky spirit, here are some of the best Halloween quotes to set the mood.

50 Spooktacular Halloween Quotes

October is a time to celebrate the strange, the scary, and the supernatural, from favorite Halloween movies to horror novels. So, this All Hallows' Eve, let's raise our broomsticks, light our jack-o-lanterns, and revel in the spooky spirit of the best Halloween quotes to get you into a frightfully fun mood!

  1. "Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble." — William Shakespeare, "Macbeth".
    The Bard gives us the perfect spooky season quote.

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  2. "Where every ghost is an honored guest, and every day is Halloween, there's a place we must all go." — "The Nightmare Before Christmas", 1993.
    A magical quote from a Halloween classic that makes us yearn for our very own Halloween Town.

  3. "The farther we've gotten from the magic and mystery of our past, the more we've come to need Halloween." — Paula Guran.

  4. "Just a bunch of hocus pocus!" — "Hocus Pocus", 1993.
    A fun quote from a beloved Halloween movie character, Max.

  5. "Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make!" — Bram Stoker, "Dracula".

  6. "'Tis now the very witching time of night, When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out contagion to this world." — William Shakespeare, "Hamlet".
    A quote that reminds us that Halloween is the time when the veil between the worlds is the thinnest.

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  7. "Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win." — Stephen King.

  8. "Something wicked this way comes." — William Shakespeare, "Macbeth".
    The perfect quote for your Instagram captions this spooky season.

  9. "Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat." — Old Halloween saying.

  10. "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.
    A thought-provoking quote that taps into our deepest Halloween fears.

  11. "It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!" — "It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown", 1966.
    This classic line from our favorite pumpkin patch philosopher, Linus, is a must-read and must-see during the Halloween season.

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  12. "Halloween is a many splendid thing. Costumes and candy, creatures and screams!" — Douglas Coupland.
    A playful quote that captures the sweet and scary facets of the Halloween season.

  13. "I put a spell on you because you're mine." — Jay Hawkins.
    This enchanting quote is sure to get everyone in the Halloween spirit.

  14. "A person should always choose a costume that is in direct contrast to her own personality." — Tim Burton.

  15. "I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity."Edgar Allan Poe.
    A quote from the master of macabre himself reminds us that there is a bit of madness in everyone.

  16. "On Halloween, you get to become anything that you want to be." — Ava Dellaira. This quote reminds us that Halloween is the time to let our unique personalities shine.

  17. "I love Halloween, and I love that feeling: the cold air, the spooky dangers lurking around the corner." — Evan Peters.

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  18. "Where there is no imagination there is no horror." — Arthur Conan Doyle.
    A nod to the scary movies we all love to watch on Halloween night.

  19. "I've always loved the idea of not being what people expect me to be." — Dita Von Teese.

  20. "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." — "Hocus Pocus", 1993.
    A quote that takes us right into the heart of a witch's cauldron.

  21. "The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper." — Eden Phillpotts.
    An intriguing Halloween quote that reminds us of the magic that lies within the unknown.

  22. "Clothes make a statement. Costumes tell a story." — Mason Cooley.
    A playful quote about the power of a great Halloween costume.

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  23. "Are you a good witch or a bad witch?" — "The Nightmare Before Christmas", 1993. Jack Skellington gives us a fun reminder that not all things that go bump in the night are to be feared.

  24. "Eat, drink, and be scary." — Rusty Fischer.

  25. "Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen, voices whisper in the trees, 'Tonight is Halloween!'" — Dexter Kozen.
    This spooky Halloween quote captures the thrilling essence of All Hallows' Eve.

  26. "On Halloween, witches come true; wild ghosts escape from dreams." — Nicholas Gordon.

  27. "No matter how dark the night, somehow the sun manages to rise once again." — Richelle E. Goodrich.
    Even in the darkest hour, there is always light.

  28. "Normal is an illusion. What's normal for the spider is chaos for the fly." — "The Addams Family", 1991.
    This quote embodies the spirit of Halloween, reminding us that the unique, the strange, and even the scary can be delightfully entertaining, just like the beloved Addams Family.

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  29. "On All Hallows' Eve when the moon is round, a virgin will summon us from under the ground." — "Hocus Pocus", 1993.
    Winifred Sanderson gives us a chilling quote that embodies the magical and mysterious side of Halloween.

  30. "Halloween is an opportunity to be really creative." — Judy Gold.

  31. "Every day is Halloween, isn't it? For some of us." — Tim Burton.
    A funny Halloween quote for those who live and breathe the spooky season.

  32. "When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam, may luck be yours on Halloween." — Unknown.

  33. "Wolves don't lose sleep over the opinion of sheep." — Cleveland Coxe.
    A quote that reminds us that on Halloween, it's okay to let your inner werewolf out.

  34. "Halloween wraps fear in innocence, as though it were a slightly sour sweet. Let terror, then, be turned into a treat." — Nicholas Gordon.
    A clever Halloween quote that turns fear into fun.

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  35. "It’s as much fun to scare as to be scared." — Vincent Price.

  36. "It's Halloween, everyone's entitled to one good scare." — "Halloween", 1978.
    A reminder that even on Halloween, a good scare is part of the fun, as Sheriff Leigh Brackett attests.

  37. "But I can think of nothing on earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night..." — Steve Almond.

  38. "Doing nothing for others is the undoing of one's self." — Robert Brault.
    A quote that reminds us that even on Halloween, we should not forget the importance of being kind to each other.

  39. "There is something haunting in the light of the moon; it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and something of its inconceivable mystery." — Joseph Conrad.
    A chilling quote that encapsulates the spooky dangers lurking around the corner this Halloween.

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  40. "Halloween is not only about putting on a costume, but it's about finding the imagination and costume within ourselves." — Elvis Duran.

  41. "I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than be crowded on a velvet cushion." — Henry David Thoreau.
    A charming quote that encapsulates the simplejoys of fall and Halloween.

  42. "When witches go riding and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers, 'tis near Halloween." — Unknown.

  43. "Being normal is vastly overrated." — "Halloweentown", 1998.
    Join Aggie Cromwell and embrace the weird, the spooky, and the supernatural this Halloween!

  44. "Some people are born for Halloween, and some are just counting the days until Christmas." — Stephen Graham Jones.

  45. "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." — L.M. Montgomery, "Anne of Green Gables".
    A sweet homage to the fall season and the joy that Halloween brings.

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  46. "Magic is really very simple, all you've got to do is want something and then let yourself have it." — "Halloweentown", 1998.

  47. "Halloween is not a time or a season, but a state of mind." — Ray Bradbury.
    This quote from a master storyteller captures the endless allure of Halloween.

  48. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls." — George Carlin.
    A chilling quote perfect for a Halloween night under the full moon.

  49. "It is true, we shall be monsters, cut off from all the world; but on that account we shall be more attached to one another." — Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein".

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  50. "Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see." — Edgar Allan Poe.
    The king of Gothic literature, Poe issues a wise warning for anyone venturing out on this haunted evening.

Spooky, Scary Skeletons...

Halloween is more than just a day — it's a season that fills us with excitement, fright, and a magical sense of wonder. It's a time when we can let loose, embrace our nightmares, and step into a world of fantasy and fun. Whether it's trick or treating, watching scary movies, or simply enjoying the fall atmosphere, Halloween is a time to enjoy family, friends, and maybe even a bit of fear! 

And if you want to test yourself on common Halloween traditions, why not take our Halloween Fun Quiz?

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