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A Compedium of Halloween Quotes

While we were researching this year’s Catskills Halloween (for those of you who are just here for the quotes, we didn’t misspell “Catskill’s” – “the Catskills” are the region we make our home) – we felt there seemed to be a few fewer Halloween quotes on the ‘net than in yesteryears. In doing our own quote researches, we realized it might be of some interest to other Halloween-lovers. So for those of you who might find this of interest, have at.

“Anything can happen on Halloween
Your dog could turn into a cat
There maybe a toad in your bass guitar
Or your sister could turn into a bat

Christmastime brings the snow
Summertime brings the sun
But on Halloween your blood begins to run
Something spooky’s going down…”
-Tim Curry, “The Worst Witch”

Anything can happen on Halloween
Your toenails grow long and your hair turns green
Your teacher could become a sardine
Your dentist could turn into a queen

Has anybody seen my tambourine
I may start playing “Begin the Beguine”
The craziest night you’ve ever seen
This hairy, scary, creepy, crawly

“JANET: Brad! I’m frightened! What kind of place is this?”
BRAD: It’s probably some kind of hunting lodge for rich weirdos.”
-The Rocky Horror Picture Show

-the monster right behind you

-The Queen of Hearts, “Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland”, Lewis Carroll

On All Hallows’ Eve when the moon is round, a virgin will summon us from under the ground.” 
— “Hocus Pocus”, 1993.

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.

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

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.

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

“In the morn when they woke,
it was Halloween Day.
There was bobbing for apples
and rides in the hay.
There were costume parties,
and games to be played.
Cupcakes and candy and,
of course, a parade!
After dinner was served,
and the kids were done eating,
it was finally time
to go trick-or-treating!
Moms re-painted faces,
and straightened clown hats,
put wings back on fairies,
angels, and bats.
Jack-o-lanterns were set
out on porches with care.
Their grins seemed to say,
“Knock if you dare.”
― Natasha Wing, The Night Before Halloween

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

Tis now the very witching time of night, When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out contagion to this world.” — William Shakespeare, “Hamlet”.

Where there is no imagination there is no horror.” — Arthur Conan Doyle.

Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen, voices whisper in the trees, ‘Tonight is Halloween!'” — Dexter Kozen

“October proved a riot to the senses and climaxed those giddy last weeks before Halloween.” – Keith Donohue, from “The Stolen Child”

“The darkest night that ever fell upon the earth never hid the light never put out the stars. It only made the stars more keenly, kindly glancing, as if in protest against the darkness.” – George Eliot, from “Beacon Lights of History”

On Halloween, witches come true; wild ghosts escape from dreams.” — Nicholas Normal is an illusion. What’s normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.” — “The Addams Family”, 1991.

  • Vincent Talbot: I must apologize for my behavior in the office, it’s just that your appearance was a bit of a shock to me.
  • Elvira: It’s okay. My appearance is kind of a shock to everybody.
  • “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, from “Lord Jim”
  • “Hell is empty and all the devils are here.” – William Shakespeare, from “The Tempest”
  • “I do love October’s bittersweetness. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter.” – Julian Barnes, from “Flaubert’s Parrot”

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

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

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.

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

When witches go riding and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers, ’tis near Halloween.” — unknown

Halloween is not a time or a season, but a state of mind.” — Ray Bradbury

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

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”.

Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see.” — Edgar Allan Poe.

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