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A collection of 31 spooky poems to add an extra chill to ghost storytelling nights such as Christmas and Halloween.

Halloween poems

Short poems for Happy Halloween

Spooky times are coming fast -
When ghosts appear
And spells are cast.
Happy Halloween!
It's Halloween, so please beware...
Those ghouls and spooks are everywhere!
It's so spooky and so fun,
Halloween night is No 1!
When black cats sneak,
And pumpkins gleam
May fun be yours
On Halloween!
Double, double toil and trouble,
Fire burn and cauldron bubble!
The party soon will have begun,
For Halloween's a time for fun!
The owls look out
At this bloody night,
Capturing the feel
Of Halloween fright!
The witches are flying
Black cats can be seen,
It's crystal clear, darling,
Tonight's - Halloween!
A Happy Halloween to you,
Watch out for ghosts and goblins - BOO!
Trick or treat,
Smell my feet,
Bring me something
Sweet to eat!
Spooky wishes I gladly send -
Happy Halloween, my friend.
Halloween greetings
For good luck and good cheer
May be the spirits
That haunt you all year!
I'm sending a wish for
A good luck and cheer -
May these be the ghosts
That haunt you all year!

Funny Halloween verses and rhymes

It's time to hide, it's time to fear -
The night of Halloween is near!
A loving Boo,
I send to you!
When spooks abound and ghosts are seen,
I'll keep you safe on Halloween!
I send this spooky
Little greeting
To wish you happy
Trick or treating!
Halloween wishes are sent your way
For a fun and scary Halloween day!
A scary time I wish for you,
With ghosts and werewolves, vampires too!
The blackest cat
That you ever seen
Wishes you luck
On this Halloween!
There is a shadow on the Moon this night,
Filling you dreams to the brim with fright!
Oh, my dear little child,
Be afraid - Halloween starts tonight!
Halloween wishes
I'm sending your way
For funny and spooky
Halloween day!
Have a spooky Halloween day,
While finding treats along the way!
Silent phantoms of the night
In their wear of ghostly white.
They can only to be seen
On this night of Halloween!
The ghostly dance
Shall soon be seen,
So have a happy
Halloween!
Trick or treat,
Give me something nice to eat!
Give me candy or the cake,
Give me something sweet to take!

Happy Halloween wishes

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An extensive collection of dark and creepy poetry, scary poems, gothic poems, and halloween inspired poems for when you are feeling dark and morbid.

Halloween poems

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Horror is scary, isn’t it? Especially when you are trying to make your kid understand the very concept of horror. But what if you are able to do that in a gentle and an interesting way, by reading to him scary poems for kids? Read on to learn just how you can introduce horror without making your child cringe with fear!

There is something about a ghost story that sends chills down anyone’s spine. Scary poems, as the name suggests, scare and entertain kids who read them. Some experts believe that it is a good idea to introduce children to the aspect of horror. It helps fuel curiosity, which stimulates proper learning attitude.

Here, we list a few interesting and spooky short scary poems for kids. Create a daunting illusion for your little one when you put him to sleep.

Short Scary Poems For Kids:

1. Cries:

A beautifully written poem, it talks about how a child hears a girl crying in the forest, and what happens after that.

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“As a child, I played in the forest nearby,

One evening I heard, a little girl cry,

It was obvious she was lost,

In the middle of winters frost.

I ran out in a frantic search,

Bells rang in our local church,

Ran faster, followed the cries,

My fear for her, began to rise.

Cries turned into a continuous weep,

I never felt emotions so deep.

Looked up, dropped to my knees,

A dying crow, I saw in the trees.”

[ Read: Scary Stories For Kids ]

2. Witches And Goblins:

Did you find this poem scary enough? Don’t worry, our next poem promises to scare your little one; it’s a Halloween special. No Halloween is complete without a scary poem.

“Witches and Goblins, spooks and elves,

With spirits and gnomes from Elfland delves,

Tonight are flying here and there,

Yes, Up and down and everywhere.”

[ Read: Ghost Stories For Kids ]

3. A Butterfly In My Room:

This cute little poem is based on a butterfly. However, don’t be fooled by the seemingly harmless title, this poem could make your little one quite anxious.

“Once there came a butterfly in my room,

Believe it or not, it made a big boom,

I tried chasing it with a broom,

Because it made me feel gloom.

For some reason, it liked sitting on my bed,

And then hopped and sat on my head,

Then it sat on a box that is red,

That made tears from my eye shed.”

4. The Creature:

What if you told your child that there is something under his bed? And just when he puts his imagination to use, read this poem aloud.

“In the middle of the night,

in the part that’s known as “dead,”

I wake and hear the breathing

of the creature ‘neath my bed.

Sometimes he growls and threatens me,

sometimes he only stares.”

[ Read: Scary Halloween Stories For Kids ]

5. Skeleton Parade:

A beautiful short poem, which talks about skeletons. If you want to teach your kids about skeletons, use this poem, and they’ll get exactly what you mean.

“The Skeletons are out tonight,

Bony bony bony bony nothing in between.

They march about the street,

With bony bodies,

Bony heads, bony hands and feet.

Up and down and all around, they march on Halloween.”

[ Read: Adventure Stories For Kids ]

6. The Nine Little Goblins:

Last but the most interesting of the lot, this is for a little older kids. This is another Halloween-based poem, read it aloud, read it quietly, read it because it shall spook your kid out.

“They all climbed up on a high board fence,

Nine little Goblins, with green glass eyes,

Nine little Goblins that had no sense,

And couldn’t tell the coppers from cold mince pies.”

Do you know of any other scary poems for children? How did you introduce your little one to the concept of monsters? Tell us here. Fellow moms would appreciate any tips you have.

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Creepy Halloween Poems

short scary halloween poems

October is here, and you know what that means: it is officially time to get in the Halloween spirit. In addition to watching horror movies, eating candy corn, and decorating your house with fake cobwebs and skulls this year, don't forget to read some spooky poems for Halloween season. Nothing quite says All Hallows Eve like reciting scary stanzas about ghosts, witches, bats, and bad omens.

When you think of poetry, what comes to mind? Most people associate it with love, romance, and heartache, but poetry actually has a long and rich history of being, well, spooky. From Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Dickinson to Rainer Maria Rilke and John Keats, poets have been penning spine-tingling stanzas about things like haunted houses, wicked witches, and possessed people for centuries. Halloween is, of course, the perfect time to read them.

Whether you are looking for something scary to read at your annual holiday bash, or just trying to get into the spirit of the holiday on your own, these 11 spooky poems for Halloween season just might be exactly what you need. But be warned: just because these poems are shorter than your typical horror novel or scary story doesn't mean they're any less terrifying.

1. "The Witch-Bride" by William Allingham

A fair witch crept to a young man’s side,

And he kiss’d her and took her for his bride.

But a Shape came in at the dead of night,

And fill’d the room with snowy light.

And he saw how in his arms there lay

A thing more frightful than mouth may say.

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2. "The Hour and the Ghost" by Cristina Rossetti

O love, love, hold me fast,

He draws me away from thee;

I cannot stem the blast,

Nor the cold strong sea:

Far away a light shines

Beyond the hills and pines;

It is lit for me.

Read in full.

3. "Spirits of the Dead" by Edgar Allan Poe

Thy soul shall find itself alone

‘Mid dark thoughts of the grey tomb-stone;

Not one, of all the crowd, to pry

Into thine hour of secrecy.

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4. "To the Dead in the Graveyard Underneath My Window" by Adelaide Crapsey

How can you lie so still? All day I watch

And never a blade of all the green sod moves

To show where restlessly you toss and turn,

And fling a desperate arm or draw up knees

Stiffened and aching from their long disuse;

I watch all night and not one ghost comes forth

To take its freedom of the midnight hour.

Read in full.

5. "Portent" by William Carlos Williams

Red cradle of the night,

In you

The dusky child

Sleeps fast till his might

Shall be piled

Sinew on sinew.

Read in full.

6. "The Witch" by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge

I have walked a great while over the snow,

And I am not tall nor strong.

My clothes are wet, and my teeth are set,

And the way was hard and long.

I have wandered over the fruitful earth,

But I never came here before.

Oh, lift me over the threshold, and let me in at the door.

Read in full.

7. "Black Cat" by Rainer Maria Rilke

A ghost, though invisible, still is like a place

your sight can knock on, echoing; but here

within this thick black pelt, your strongest gaze

will be absorbed and utterly disappear:

just as a raving madman, when nothing else

can ease him, charges into his dark night

howling, pounds on the padded wall, and feels

the rage being taken in and pacified.

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8. "Bats" by Paisley Rekdal

unveil themselves in dark.

They hang, each a jagged,

silken sleeve, from moonlit rafters bright

as polished knives. They swim

the muddled air and keen

like supersonic babies, the sound

we imagine empty wombs might make

in women who can’t fill them up.

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9. "Windigo" by Louise Erdrich

You knew I was coming for you, little one,

when the kettle jumped into the fire.

Towels flapped on the hooks,

and the dog crept off, groaning,

to the deepest part of the woods.

Read in full.

10. "Omens" by Cecilia Llompart

The dead bird, color of a bruise,

and smaller than an eye

swollen shut,

is king among omens.

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11. "The Eve of St. Agnes" by John Keats

St. Agnes' Eve—Ah, bitter chill it was!

The owl, for all his feathers, was a-cold;

The hare limp'd trembling through the frozen grass,

And silent was the flock in woolly fold:

Numb were the Beadsman's fingers, while he told

His rosary, and while his frosted breath,

Like pious incense from a censer old,

Seem'd taking flight for heaven, without a death,

Past the sweet Virgin's picture, while his prayer he saith.

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Halloween is creepy,” although it feels that way too. It's the It's slow and subtle for such a short poem, but boy does it pack a wallop. This is a.

Top 10 Spooky Poems for Halloween

short scary halloween poems

William Shakespeare: The Witches’ Spell from "Macbeth" (1606)

William Shakespeare (1564–1616) wrote nearly 40 plays, including this one about an ambitious Scottish nobleman. The three witches (also known as the Weird Sisters), who prophesize Macbeth's rise (and fall) from power, are among the most memorable characters in this Shakespeare drama. 


"Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble...​"

John Donne: "The Apparition" (1633)

John Donne (January 22, 1572–March 31, 1631) was an English poet known for his bold, terse verse that ran counter to the prevailing floral language of his peers. Donne was also an Anglican priest and served in Parliament.


"When by thy scorn, O murd'ress, I am dead
And that thou think'st thee free
From all solicitation from me,
Then shall my ghost come to thy bed..."

Robert Herrick: "The Hag" (1648)

Robert Herrick (August 24, 1591–October 15, 1674) is best known the line "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may," which is from one of the lyrical poems for which he was known. Although Herrick primarily wrote love poems, he also chose darker subject matter on occasion, including this poem.


"The Hag is astride,
This night for to ride;
The Devill and shee together:
Through thick, and through thin..."

Robert Burns: "Halloween" (1785)

Scotland's national poet Robert Burns (January 25, 1759–July 21, 1796) was a leading writer of the Romantic era and widely published during his lifetime. He wrote frequently of life in rural Scotland, celebrating its natural beauty and the people who lived there. Many of his poems, including this one, are written in a Scottish vernacular, intended to be spoken aloud.


"Together did convene,
To burn their nits, an' pou their stocks,
An' haud their Halloween
Fu' blythe that night. .."

George Gordon, Lord Byron: "Darkness" (1816)

George Gordon, also known as Lord Byron (January 22, 1788–April 19, 1824) was a poet, politician, and noted member of the English aristocracy. His poems, often epic in length, are considered icons of the Romantic era. "Darkness" was inspired in part by the "year without summer," when a massive volcanic eruption in Indonesia resulted in below-normal temperatures all year throughout much of the world.


"I had a dream, which was not all a dream.
The bright sun was extinguish'd, and the stars
Did wander darkling in the eternal space..."

Edgar Allan Poe: "The Raven" (1845)

Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809–October 7, 1849) was a leading Romantic literary figure in the U.S., known for poetry and short stories that often had a mysterious or macabre theme. "The Raven" is perhaps Poe's most famous poem. It was a popular success as soon as it was published in 1845.


"​Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore–​
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door..."

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: "Haunted Houses" (1858)

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807–March 24, 1882) is best remembered for his lyrical poems that celebrate early Americana, including "Paul Revere's Ride" and "The Song of Hiawatha." In this poem, Longfellow imagines what lingers within dwellings after the occupants have passed on.


"All houses wherein men have lived and died
Are haunted houses. Through the open doors
The harmless phantoms on their errands glide,
With feet that make no sound upon the floors..."

Christina Rossetti: "Goblin Market" (1862)

Christina Rossetti (December 5, 1830–December 29, 1894) was a British poet who came from an accomplished family of poets. She drew inspiration from mysticism and the occult, writing verse for both children and adults. "Goblin Market" is one of her best-known poems.


"Morning and evening​
Maids heard the goblins cry:
'Come buy our orchard fruits,
Come buy, come buy' ..."

Walt Whitman: "The Mystic Trumpeter" (1872)

Walt Whitman (May 31, 1819–March 26, 1892) was an American writer and poet whose work often romanticized the natural world, which was quickly vanishing as the U.S. expanded its borders. The composer Gustav Holst used this poem as inspiration for his composition "First Choral Symphony."


"Hark! some wild trumpeter—some strange musician,
Hovering unseen in air, vibrates capricious tunes to-night.
I hear thee, trumpeter—listening, alert, I catch thy notes,
Now pouring, whirling like a tempest round me..."

Robert Frost: "Ghost House" (1915)

Robert Frost (March 26, 1874–January 29, 1963) was one of the most famous poets in the U.S. in the 20th century. He became famous for his many poems chronicling life in rural New England and was honored with both a Pulitzer Prize and Congressional Gold Medal for his writing. This poem imagines the spooky interior of an abandoned home.


"I dwell in a lonely house I know
That vanished many a summer ago,
And left no trace but the cellar walls,
And a cellar in which the daylight falls..."

Some of literature's best-known poets have been inspired to write dark verses that have lingered through the ages like a specter. Maybe you'll find a spooky favorite among these 10 poems, perfect for Halloween or anytime you feel mysterious.

If you're feeling smart and spooky, this list of 10 great poems for literary figure in the U.S., known for poetry and short stories that often had a.

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