It’s Halloween, and we’ve gathered together some scarily good quotations about witches, wizards, zombies, ghosts and evil spirits. Be afraid. Be very afraid…
1. It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains. ― Seth Grahame-Smith, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
2. Often, a school is your best bet-perhaps not for education but certainly for protection from an undead attack. ― Max Brooks, The Zombie Survival Guide
3. For these beings, fall is ever the normal season, the only weather, there be no choice beyond. Where do they come from? The dust. Where do they go? The grave. Does blood stir their veins? No: the night wind. What ticks in their head? The worm. What speaks from their mouth? The toad. What sees from their eye? The snake. What hears with their ear? The abyss between the stars. They sift the human storm for souls, eat flesh of reason, fill tombs with sinners. They frenzy forth….Such are the autumn people.
― Ray Bradbury
4. 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.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
― William Shakespeare
5. Halloween is an ancient druidic holiday, one the Celtic peoples have celebrated for millennia. It is the crack between the last golden rays of summer and the dark of winter; the delicately balanced tweak of the year before it is given over entirely to the dark; a time for the souls of the departed to squint, to peek and perhaps to travel through the gap. What could be more thrilling and worthy of celebration than that? It is a time to celebrate sweet bounty, as the harvest is brought in. It is a time of excitement and pleasure for children before the dark sets in. We should all celebrate that.
- Jenny Colgan, Welcome To Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop Of Dreams
6. Harvey wasn’t interested in the clothes, it was the masks that mesmerized him. They were like snowflakes: no two alike. Some were made of wood and of plastic; some of straw and cloth and papier-mâché. Some were as bright as parrots, others as pale as parchment. Some were so grotesque he was certain they’d been carved by crazy people; others so perfect they looked like the death masks of angels. There were masks of clowns and foxes, masks like skulls decorated with real teeth, and one with carved flames instead of hair.
― Clive Barker, The Thief of Always
7. Nudist Colony Halloween parties are especially scary. They give the word “moon” a new cruel meaning. ― Ray Palla, H: Infidels of Oil
8. When, however, one reads of a witch being ducked, of a woman possessed by devils, of a wise woman selling herbs, or even of a very remarkable man who had a mother, then I think we are on the track of a lost novelist, a suppressed poet, of some mute and inglorious Jane Austen, some Emily Bronte who dashed her brains out on the moor or mopped and mowed about the highways crazed with the torture that her gift had put her to. Indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.
― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own
9. I myself have seen this woman draw the stars from the sky; she diverts the course of a fast-flowing river with her incantations; her voice makes the earth gape, it lures the spirits from the tombs, send the bones tumbling from the dying pyre. At her behest, the sad clouds scatter; at her behest, snow falls from a summer’s sky.
10. The wizards represent all that the true ‘muggle’ most fears:
They are plainly outcasts and comfortable with being so. Nothing is more unnerving to the truly conventional than the unashamed misfit!
― J.K. Rowling
11. Now I know what a ghost is. Unfinished business, that’s what.
― Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses
12. Be hole, be dust, be dream, be wind/Be night, be dark, be wish, be mind,/Now slip, now slide, now move unseen,/Above, beneath, betwixt, between.
― Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
13. We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.
― Oscar Wilde
14. “I don’t believe in ghosts,” I said, faintly
“Some people can’t see the color red. That doesn’t mean it isn’t there,” she replied.
― Sue Grafton, M is for Malice
15. The Devil pulls the strings which make us dance;
We find delight in the most loathsome things;
Some furtherance of Hell each new day brings,
And yet we feel no horror in that rank advance.
― Charles Baudelaire
We hope these spooktacular quotations have been a Halloween treat! Do let us know if you have a favourite Halloween quotation yourself.
Possibly the only time I will get the opportunity to put Shakespeare and Neil Gaiman in the same sentence, my favourite two quotes here.
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