Quotes of all flavors for Halloween

Setting the Scene for Halloween

Happy Halloween from the ADD Poster Girl,
Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, MCC, SCAC

We’ll start with a bit of All Hallows Eve atmosphere, then move on to shorter quotes of all sorts of different thoughts about Halloween (from all sorts of different people). Enjoy!


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

A Little Bit More Atmosphere

There was a time, [Henderson] 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.
Robert Bloch,
American Fantastic Tales:
Terror and the Uncanny from Poe to the Pulps

Nothing beats a haunted moonlit night on All Hallows Eve….
And on this fatal night, at this witching time,
the starless sky laments black and unmoving.
The somber hues of an ominous, dark forest
are suddenly illuminated under the emerging face of the full moon.
~ Kim Elizabeth


Gettin’ in the Spirit

Everyone is a moon and has a dark side,
which he never shows to anybody.
Mark Twain

There are nights when the wolves are silent
and only the moon howls.
George Carlin

There is something haunting in the light of the moon;
it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul,
and something of its inconceivable mystery.
Joseph Conrad

A house is never still in darkness to those who listen intently;
there is a whispering in distant chambers,
an unearthly hand presses the snib of the window, the latch rises.
Ghosts were created when the first man awoke in the night.
~ J.M. Barrie

If a man harbors any sort of fear,
it makes him landlord to a ghost.
~Lloyd Douglas

Where there is no imagination there is no horror.
Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr.

Other people, other Halloweens:

Ghosts, like ladies, never speak till spoke to.
Richard Harris Barham

Halloween wraps fear in innocence,
As though it were a slightly sour sweet.
Let terror, then, be turned into a treat…
 ~ Nicholas Gordon

There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people:
religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.
Linus Van Pelt, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Without me, Transylvania will be as exiting as Bucharest
…on a Monday night.
Love at First Bite (1979)

Hold on, man. We don’t go anywhere with ‘scary’, ‘spooky’,
or ‘forbidden’ in the title.
Matthew Lillard  (Shaggy in ‘Scooby-Doo’)

It’s about the CANDY!


There is a child in every one of us
who is still a trick-or-treater
looking for a brightly-lit front porch.
Robert Brault

October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets
and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins….
Merry October!
Rainbow Rowell, Attachments

Those seemingly interminable
dark walks between houses,
long before street-lit safety became an issue,
were more adrenalizing than
the mountains of candy filling the sack.
Lauren Springer

Nothing on Earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night.
Steve Almond

“Forget love – I’d rather fall in chocolate!
~ Attributed to Sandra J. Dykes

Or maybe the COSTUMES . . .ghost-UNcostumed

Clothes make a statement.  Costumes tell a story.
Mason Cooley

There is nothing that gives more assurance than a mask.

Being in a band you can wear whatever you want –
it’s like an excuse for Halloween everyday.
Gwen Stefani

I think if human beings had genuine courage,
they’d wear their costumes every day of the year,
not just on Halloween . . .
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

Acting is like a Halloween mask that you put on.
River Phoenix

I see my face in the mirror and go,
‘I’m a Halloween costume?
That’s what they think of me?’
Drew Carey

In Girl World, Halloween is the one day a year
when a girl can dress up like a total slut
and no other girls can say anything else about it.
  from Mean Girls

Designers of women’s Halloween costumes
must admit that they’re not even trying.
They just choose a random profession,
like nurse or referee,
and put the word “sexy” in front of it,
thereby perpetuating the idea of Halloween as a day
when normally shy women
release their inner sluts
and parade around like vixens . . .
 and I just completely forgot what I was complaining about.
  Bill Maher, The New New Rules:
A Funny Look At How Everybody But Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass

Halloween & Social Commentary?

I wish everyday could be Halloween.
We could all wear masks all the time.
Then we could walk around and get to know each other
before we got to see what we looked like under the masks.
  R.J. Palacio

I don’t know that there are real ghosts and goblins,
but there are always more trick-or-treaters than neighborhood kids.
~ Robert Brault

Proof of our society’s decline is that Halloween
has become a broad daylight event for many.
Robert Kirby

Sadly, Halloween,
with our good-natured attempts
to protect the little ones from the
increasingly dangerous traffic
and increasingly sick adults,
has become an utter bore.
Lauren Springer

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

There were glowing pumpkins and ghost lights in the yard
and cheerful looking spiders and vampire posters everywhere.
This is just disgusting, Abel said in disgust,
landing on a happy mummy poster staked in the yard.
Must everything be commercialized these days?
 I’m surprised the vampires don’t sparkle.
  John H. Carroll (Unholy Cow)

And some people don’t take anything seriously!

I’ll bet living in a nudist colony
takes all the fun out of Halloween.
Author Unknown

Charlie Brown is the one person I identify with.
C.B. is such a loser.
He wasn’t even the star of his own Halloween special.
Chris Rock

This Halloween the most popular mask is the Arnold Schwarzenegger mask.
And the best part?  With a mouth full of candy you will sound just like him.
Conan O’Brien

Halloween was confusing.
All my life my parents said, “Never take candy from strangers!”
And then they dressed me up and said, “Go beg for it.”
I didn’t know what to do!
I’d knock on people’s doors and go,
‘Trick or treat – No thank you.’
Rita Rudner

Brain-Based (because it’s me)

One need not be a chamber to be haunted;
One need not be a house;
The brain has corridors surpassing
Material place.
~ Emily Dickinson

Never trust anything that can think for itself
if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.
J. K. Rowling

newyear_bubblyAnd I’ll leave you with
everybody’s favorite Halloween toast:

Eat, drink and be scary.
Author Unknown


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About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

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