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A Magical Concoction Halloween Quotes For 2023

Halloween is like a witch’s cauldron – it’s got lots of strange ingredients that add up to something magical. There are macabre decorations and friendly jack o’ lanterns, people wearing terrifying masks and dogs dressed in adorable lion costumes, bloody horror movie marathons and cartoon classics like It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

It seems everyone adds something different to this strange cultural brew that begins to simmer every October.

The most famous quotes about Halloween only confirm this. In this list of the best Halloween quotes ever, we’ve divided the sayings according to their disparate types. Whether you’re looking for a cutesy quote, a sinister saying, or a ghastly greeting, you’re sure to find something to like in this monstrous mishmash.

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Short | Cute | Funny | Spooky


First into the brew are some short Halloween quotes, the kind that are perfect for sharing with friends. For even shorter sayings, check out our list of classic Halloween phrases.

  • “A mask tells us more than a face.”
    Oscar Wilde
A mask tells us more than a face. - Oscar Wilde
  • “Witch and ghost make merry on this last of dear October’s days.”
  • “Something wicked this way comes.”
    William Shakespeare
  • “Sticky fingers, tired feet; one last house, trick or treat!”
    Rusty Fischer
  • “It’s Halloween; everyone’s entitled to one good scare.”
  • “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
    L.M. Montgomery
  • “It’s all just a bunch of hocus pocus!”
    Hocus Pocus
  • “They that are born on Halloween shall see more than other folk.”
  • “The farther we’ve gotten from the magic and mystery of our past, the more we’ve come to need Halloween.”
    Paula Guran
The farther we've gotten from the magic and mystery of our past, the more we've come to need Halloween. - Paula Guran
  • “For some of us, Halloween is everyday.”
    Tim Burton
  • “I got a rock.”
    It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  • “When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam, may luck be yours on Halloween.”
  • “There’s only 365 days left until next Halloween!”
    The Nightmare Before Christmas


Next to go into our cauldron are some cute Halloween quotes. These are great for kids, or really for anyone who appreciates the whimsical side of the holiday.

  • “Ghosts and goblins come to play on October’s final day!”
    Rusty Fischer
Ghosts and goblins come to play on October’s final day! - Rusty Fischer
  • “A grandmother pretends she doesn’t know who you are on Halloween.”
    Erma Bombeck
  • “When witches go riding,
    And black cats are seen,
    The moon laughs and whispers
    ‘Tis near Halloween.”
  • “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?”
    David McCord
  • “On Hallowe’en the thing you must do
    Is pretend that nothing can frighten you
    And if somethin’ scares you and you want to run
    Just let on like it’s Hallowe’en fun.”
  • “From ghoulies and ghosties
    And long-leggedy beasties
    And things that go bump in the night,
    Good Lord, deliver us!”
    Traditional Scottish Poem
  • “Halloween was the best holiday, in my opinion, because it was all about friends, monsters, and candy, rather than family and responsibility.”
    Margee Kerr
  • “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


Now it’s time to add a pinch of humor to the pot. For more on the funny side of All Hallows’ Eve, see our monstrous collection of Halloween puns.

  • “All of the candy corn that was ever made was made in 1911. And so, since nobody eats that stuff, every year there’s a ton of it left over.”
    Lewis Black
All of the candy corn that was ever made was made in 1911. And so, since nobody eats that stuff, every year there's a ton of it left over. - Lewis Black
  • “Halloween was confusing. All my life my parents said, ‘Never take candy from strangers.’ And then they dressed me up and said, ‘Go beg for it.'”
    Rita Rudner
  • “In girl world, Halloween is the one day a year when a girl can dress up like a total slut and no other girls can say anything else about it.”
    Mean Girls
  • “My Halloween costume was so bad that people opened their doors and took candy from me.”
    Glen Nesbitt
  • “Who made the rule that everybody has to dress like sheep 364 days of the year? Think of all the people you’d meet if they were in costume every day. People would be so much easier to talk to – like talking to dogs.”
    Douglas Coupland
  • “Whoever thought a tiny candy bar should be called fun size was a moron.”
    Glenn Beck


Finally, we add something creepy to this witches’ brew. If you want to spice things up further, see this list of the scariest quotes of all time.

  • “At first cock-crow the ghosts must go
    Back to their quiet graves below.”
    Theodosia Garrison
At first cock-crow the ghosts must go, Back to their quiet graves below. - Theodosia Garrison
  • “There is magic in the night when pumpkins glow by moonlight.”
  • “Bring forth the raisins and the nuts –
    Tonight All-Hallows’ Spectre struts
    Along the moonlit way.”
    John Kendrick Bangs
  • “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!”
    Cleveland Coxe
  • “The dead rise again, bats fly, terror strikes and screams echo, for tonight it’s Halloween.”
  • “Werewolves howl.
    Phantoms prowl.
    Upon us now.”
    Richelle E. Goodrich
  • “Oh how the candles will be lit and the wood of worm burn in a fiery dust. For on all Hallow’s Eve will the spirits come to play, and only the fruit of thy womb will satisfy their endless roaming.”
    Solange Nicole
  • “Halloween is a celebration of the inversion of reality and a necessary Gothic hat-tip to the darker aspects of life, death and ourselves.”
    Stewart Stafford
  • “Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen,
    Voices whisper in the trees, Tonight is Halloween!”
    Dexter Kozen
Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen, Voices whisper in the trees, Tonight is Halloween! - Dexter Kozen
  • “See, my dad taught me tonight is about respecting the dead because this is the one night that the dead and all sorts of other things roam free – and pay us a visit.”
    Trick ‘r Treat
  • “Anyone could see that the wind was a special wind this night, and the darkness took on a special feel because it was All Hallows’ Eve.”
    Ray Bradbury
  • “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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