The nights draw in. There's a chill in the air. Hark! The cry of the owl. Or possibly the downstairs neighbor stepping on a Lego. Regardless, 'tis the season for spoooooooky Halloween words.
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Nothing surpasses the masters of menace when it comes to spooking stuff up. Creep out friends and family with the following quotes.
"When witches go riding, and black cats are seen. The moon laughs and whispers, 'tis near Halloween." - 19th-century postcard
"At first cock-crow the ghosts must go. Back to their quiet graves below." - Theodosia Garrison
"Double, double, toil and trouble. Fire burn and cauldron bubble." - Macbeth, William Shakespeare
"Yesterday, upon the stair, I met a man who wasn't there. He wasn't there again today. I wish, I wish he'd go away." - "Antigonish," Hughes Mearns
"My candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open…" - Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
"She just goes a little mad sometimes. We all go a little mad sometimes. Haven't you?" - Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho
"His corpse shall not be to the ground, I shall be against him as a crocodile on the water, as a serpent on earth, and as an enemy in the necropolis." - Curse carved on the stele of Sarenput I
"Listen to them - children of the night. What music they make!" - Dracula, Bram Stoker
"That is not dead which can eternal lie. And with strange aeons even death may die." - The Call of Cthulhu, H.P. Lovecraft
"Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen. Voices whisper in the trees, Tonight is Halloween! " - Dexter Kozen
Quotes not enough for your horrific appetites? Need the whole thing? We have you covered. Check out YourDictionary's round-up of frightening books, stories, and movies. Plan yourself a spooky party, or just crawl under the blankets with a flashlight and creep yourself out.
YourDictionary presents 10 masterpieces of prose fiction guaranteed to make you shiver, including a few you might not have heard of.
Books of Blood, Clive Barker
Barker tells stories of the strangeness of the human body, and just what really goes on inside it.
Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
Rebecca is the classic ghost story of a young wife haunted by the shadow of her predecessor.
"I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream," Harlan Ellison
This substantially-titled short story is a science fiction vision of Hell by one of the genre's greats.
The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson
With family, ghosts, and doors that swing sensibly shut, this just may be the perfect haunted house story.
The Shining, Stephen King
OK, maybe this is actually the perfect haunted house story.
"The Walking Dead," Robert Kirkman
Long before AMC, Rick and company fought walkers in this classic graphic novel series.
Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe, Thomas Ligotti
Engulf yourself in cosmic horror by one of the unsung geniuses of weird fiction.
"The Shadow Over Innsmouth," H.P. Lovecraft
This classic novella of hidden horror shouldn't be missed.
"The Autopsy," Michael Shea
Science fiction? Demonic possession? Either way, this tale of a man trapped in his own skin is terrifying.
"Love Is the Plan the Plan Is Death," by James Tiptree Jr. (pseudonym for Alice Sheldon)
A truly heartbreaking short story of love and monsters.
Would you rather scream with your screen than curl up with a printed nightmare? No problem. Here are 10 of the most frightening films ever made.
Science fiction or not, Alien may be the greatest work of hunted-by-a-monster horror ever.
The Babadook (2014)
Taut, quiet, absolutely chilling, The Babadook is a masterpiece of mothers, children and the monsters that haunt them both.
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
This film is Gothic horror as only the Golden Age of Hollywood could provide.
The original masked slasher offers the best soundtrack, script and cast the genre has ever had.
Straight from the pages of the aforementioned Books of Blood (Barker directed!), this taut, gory tale of a devil's deal gone wrong is as chilling as the day it was made.
Jacob's Ladder (1990)
Want to feel like you're losing your mind? This is your film.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Sorry, Rick. The original work of zombie horror is still the best, scariest one to date.
Four years short of 100 and Nosferatu's Count Orlok is still the most frightening vampire ever put on film.
A boy's best friend is his mother, after all.
The Witch (2015)
The slow-burn psychological terror manages to make the viewer sympathize with everyone involved, even as the world burns down around them.
A touch of the spooky makes every day better, especially when it comes with candy and friends. Use our creepy collection of worrisome words and quivery quotes to keep the Samhain spirit alive until all hallows eve rolls around again!
After all that spookiness, you might also want to check out these Funny Halloween Sayings to enjoy the sillier side of the day.