Saturday, October 9, 2010

31 Days of Halloween: Dark Poems of Autumn, October and All Hallow's Eve

The name - of it - is "Autumn" -
The hue - of it - is Blood -
An Artery - upon the Hill -
A Vein - along the Road -

Great Globules - in the Alleys -
And Oh, the Shower of Stain -
When Winds - upset the Basin -
And spill the Scarlet Rain -

It sprinkles Bonnets - far below -
It gathers ruddy Pools -
Then - eddies like a Rose - away -
Upon Vermilion Wheels –

-Emily Dickinson

Fancy returns, and now she thinks of bones
And grinning skulls, and corruptible death
Wrapp'd in his shroud; and now fancies she hears
Deep sighs, and sees pale sickly ghosts gliding.

-William Blake
from "Fair Elenor"

The skies they were ashen and sober;
The leaves they were crispéd and sere -
The leaves they were withering and sere;
It was night in the lonesome October
Of my most immemorial year.

-Edgar Allan Poe
from "Ulalume: A Ballad"

It's Halloween! It's Halloween!
The moon is full and bright
And we shall see what can't be seen
On any other night.

Skeletons and ghosts and ghouls,
Grinning goblins fighting duels,
Werewolves rising from their tombs,
Witches on their magic brooms.

In masks and gowns
we haunt the street
And knock on doors
for trick or treat.

Tonight we are
the king and queen,
For oh tonight
it's Halloween!

-Jack Prelutsky
from It's Halloween

 Illustration from Arnold Lobel from Jack Prelutsky's 
Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep

There's a house upon the hilltop
We will not go inside
For that is where the witches live,
Where ghosts and goblins hide.
Tonight they have their party,
All the lights are burning bright,
But oh we will not go inside
The haunted house tonight.
The demons there are whirling
And the spirits swirl about.
They sing their songs to Halloween.
"Come join the fun," they shout.
But we do not want to go there
So we run with all our might
And oh we will not go inside
The haunted house tonight.

-Jack Prelutsky
“Haunted House” from Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep

Trick or Treat
Smell my feet
Give me something good to eat!


  1. Awesome Awesome! I'm a big fan of Halloween poetry. I collect it and I write it! Wonderful post...thank you! :o)

  2. Thaaaank yooou for those great poems. Especially the Emily Dickinson and E.A. Poe ones are so wonderful. (think I'm gonna grab them and put them into my blog too, hehe ^^)

    A Halloween loving vegan — best combination ever :)


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