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16 Halloween quotes from books to get you in the festive mood

October will always be the month of Halloween, so we’re celebrating the occasion with a list of 16 incredible quotes from books about Halloween to get you in the festive mood.

1. “The farther we’ve gotten from the magic and mystery of our past, the more we’ve come to need Halloween.”
Paula Curan, October Dreams: A celebration of Halloween

2. “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. Everything seemed cut from soft black velvet or gold or orange velvet. Smoke panted up out of a thousand chimneys like the plumes of funeral parades. From kitchen windows drifted two pumpkin smells: gourds being cut, pies being baked.”
Ray Bradbury, The Halloween Tree

3. “Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Christmas and the others can end up making you sad, because you know you should be happy. But on Halloween you get to become anything that you want to be”
Ava Dellaira, Love Letters to the Dead

4. “Always loved Halloween, though. The dark, the weird, the spooky. The concept of having at least one night a year to dress up and pretend to be someone or something else intrigued me. Halloween hooked me, even when I had nothing. Aside from the costumes and stuff, you didn’t need much to celebrate, just your imagination and a good spirit.”
Shane Hawk, Anoka

5. “For some, Halloween isn’t just a holiday; it’s a lifestyle, a season. Being spooky and dressing in your favorite horror movie tees and collecting everything jack-o’-lantern and Halloween has become a normal thing for a lot of people. You can’t do that for any other holiday. Every day is Christmas?—wouldn’t work. It would be really weird to see someone walking around with a snowman shirt and a pair of elf ears in July. Either that person really enjoys Christmas or he or she is on a bad trip.”
E. Reyes, Devil’s Hill: An Anthology

6. “I feel Halloween just around the corner, kids dressed up in homemade costumes, bobbing for apples and awaiting trick or treat.”
Jenny Gardiner, Slim to None

7. “Treats of hot cocoa,
pumpkin pie, and candy corn.
Yummy Halloween.”

Richelle E. Goodrich, Being Bold: Quotes, Poetry, & Motivations for Every Day of the Year

8. “I think if human beings had genuine courage, they’d wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on Halloween. Wouldn’t life be more interesting that way? And now that I think about it, why the heck don’t they? 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, The Gum Thief

9. “All Hallows’ Eve: a magical time; a time of secrets and of mysteries; of sachets to be sewn in red silk and hung around the house to ward off evil; of scattered salt and spiced wine and honey cakes left on the sill; of pumpkin, apples, firecrackers, and the scent of pine and woodsmoke as autumn turns and old winter takes the stage.”
Joanne Harris, The Girl with No Shadow

10. “The whole spirit of Hallowe’en is, of course, one of “spooky” gayety and light-hearted ghastliness. Witches and ghosts run riot; corpses dance and black cats howl. “More work for the undertaker” should be the leitmotif of the evening’s fun.”
Donald Ogden Stewart, Perfect Behavior

11. “Halloween shadows played upon the walls of the houses. In the sky the Halloween moon raced in and out of the clouds. The Halloween wind was blowing, not a blasting of wind but a right-sized swelling, falling, and gushing of wind. It was a lovely and exciting night, exactly the kind of night Halloween should be.”
Eleanor Estes, The Witch Family

12. “She’d always loved Halloween. A magic night. A night when anything could happen. Monsters could be real. Magic could whisper in the air.”
Cynthia Eden, A Bit of Bite

13. “Henderson sighed. There was a time, he reflected, when the coming of this night meant something. A dark Europe, groaning in superstitious fear, dedicated this Eve to the grinning Unknown. A million doors had once been barred against the evil visitants, a million prayers mumbled, a million candles lit. There was something majestic about the idea, Henderson reflected.”
Robert Bloch, American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from Poe to the Pulps

14. “The world turned upside down – in a good way – for one black velvet night.”
Karen Fortunati, The Weight of Zero

15. “The fallen leaves in the forest seemed to make even the ground glow and burn with light”
Malcolm Lowry, October Ferry To Gabriola

16. “But that’s what makes it so fun! Life is scary. So why wouldn’t we enjoy and make fun of that fear? It’s like life is trying to makes us fear it, and on this day we just mock its attempts and say ‘no, not today, today I’m not scared of anything you throw at me’.”
Patricia Morais, The Roommate

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