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Scary Halloween Poems for kids, folks and ghosts!

Updated on December 2, 2013

A collection of famous Halloween poems and poetry!

It is a time for ghouls and mummies to walk the deep dark night, witches and ghosts to dance in spectacular flight! Yes, it is almost Halloween again! What better way is there to usher in this most scary of nights, Halloween, but with a poem, a rhyme and some strange and spooky facts?

The following collection of famous Halloween poems is guaranteed to tease the imagination, prickle your senses and delight anybody that reads or recites them! These Halloween poetry ideas can be used on Halloween party invitations, as school projects, fun Halloween messages or just a spooky addition to your Halloween decorations! Have fun reading through these scary poems, the old Halloween poems and some famous poetry as well - just beware the things that go bump in the night!

HALLOWEEN - A scary poem by Harry Behn

Scary Halloween Poems for kids, folks and ghosts!
Scary Halloween Poems for kids, folks and ghosts!

Tonight is the night

When dead leaves fly

Like witches on switches

Across the sky,

When elf and sprite

Flit through the night

On a moony sheen.

Tonight is the night

When leaves make a sound

Like a gnome in his home

Under the ground,

When spooks and trolls

Creep out of holes

Mossy and green.

Tonight is the night

When pumpkins stare

Through sheaves and leaves

Everywhere,

When ghouls and ghost

And goblin host

Dance round their queen.

It's Halloween.

PUMPKIN TIME - More scary Halloween poetry by an unknown author

Halloween Ghost and Pumpkins cartoon by Abie Davis
Halloween Ghost and Pumpkins cartoon by Abie Davis

Pumpkin time is here again,

Time to play Trick or Treat.

Pumpkin time is here again,

Our spooky friends we'll meet.

See the costumes we have on,

Monsters, ghosts, goblins too.

See the costumes we have on,

Hear us all shout "Boo!"

Do you know how to meet a Halloween Witch?

What a strange Halloween fact! Instructions for meeting a witch on Halloween!

First, put your clothes on inside out. Then walk backward to where two roads meet. If you wait until midnight, you will see a witch!

Have you ever read any of these scary stories? - They are perfect for Halloween!

HALLOWEEN

Children’s Halloween poem by Myra Cohen Livingston

Green cats eyes

in midnight gloom

fly with the witch

on her ragged broom

over dark hills where

bonfires loom

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JACK-O-LANTERN

Another old and scary Halloween poem by an unknown author

Jack-o-lantern, Jack-o-lantern,

you are such a funny sight

As you sit there by the window,

looking out at the night

You were once a sturdy pumpkin

growing on a vine

Now you are a Jack-o-lantern,

see the light shine

A spooky fact about Halloween Ghosts!

Some people say that ghosts don't have shadows and leave no footprints! They go on to say that if a candle in a house turns blue it is a sure sign that there is a ghost present. One way of getting rid of a ghost is by throwing it with a key!

Spooks - Funny Halloween poem by Sandra Liatsos

Halloween Monster, bats and Grave cartoon by Abie Davis
Halloween Monster, bats and Grave cartoon by Abie Davis

There’s a goblin at my window,

A monster by my door,

The pumpkin at my table

Keeps on smiling more and more,

There’s a ghost who haunts my bedroom,

A witch whose face is green,

They used to be my family,

‘till they dressed for Halloween!

Try making your Halloween party even better with these great sound tracks! - Spooky music!

FIVE LITTLE PUMPKINS SITTING ON A GATE

Old Halloween poem by an unknown author

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate,

The first one said,

"Oh my, it's getting late."

The second one said,

"But we don't care."

The third one said,

"I see witches in the air."

The fourth one said,

"Let's run, and run, and run."

The fifth one said,

"Get ready for some fun."

Then whoosh went the wind,

and out went the lights,

And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!

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Did you know that some people say werewolves are scared of salt? Next time you see a werewolf sprinkle him or her with some salt and see them run away!

A Ghost Story

Very old traditional Halloween poem by Winifred Sackville Stoner, Jr.

On a dreadful stormy night

My dear Tommy had a fight

With great Peter Snookum Snee,

Cat of fighting pedigree.

In this battle, sad to tell,

My poor Tom, alas, he fell,

Ending thus his earthly life

Through the wicked God of Strife

On the next night while in bed,

Sleepless and with aching head,

For my Tom, my precious pet,

My poor eyes with tears were wet.

Suddenly his voice I heard,

And in ghostly whispers purred,

"I am coming, mistress, dear,

Yes, 'tis true I'm very near.

"Good cat heaven have I left,

I would comfort you, bereft

For your precious Tommy pet,

I would teach you not to fret.

"Do you hear me in the hall

With my ghostly soft footfall?

Up the stairs I bound to thee,

Jumping steps from one to three.

"Now my paw is on your door,

I turn the knob one-two-three-four,

And you may see your Tommy now--

Me-ow! Me-ow! Me-ow! ow! ow!"

A Naughty Pumpkin's Fate - Halloween poem for kids by an unknown author

Halloween Vampire and Bats Cartoon by Abie Davis
Halloween Vampire and Bats Cartoon by Abie Davis

A queer little pumpkin, a jolly fat fellow,

Stood close to his mother so rotund and yellow.

"What a stupid old place! how I long to aspire,"

Cried he, "I was destined for something much higher."

"My son," said the mother, "pray do be content,

There's great satisfaction in life that's well spent!"

But he shrugged up his shoulders, this pumpkin, 't is true,

And acted just like some bad children will do.

With a shout and a whoop, in the garden they ran,

Tom and Ned, for they'd thought of the loveliest plan

To astonish their friends from the city, you see,

With a fine Jack-o'-lantern--"Ah, this one suits me!"

Neddie seized the bad pumpkin, and dug out his brains,

Till he felt so light-headed and brimful of pains;

Then two eyes, a long nose, and a mouth big and wide,

They cut in a minute, and laid him aside

Until night, when they hung him upon a stout limb,

With a candle inside; how his poor head did swim,

As they twisted him this way, then twirled him round that,

Till at last, with a crash, he fell on the ground flat,

A wreck of the once jolly, fat little fellow,

Who stood by his mother so rotund and yellow.

Just then a lean cow, who was passing that way,

Ate him up, just to finish HER "Thanksgiving Day."

A Halloween Witch's Secret!

Some Halloween witches use cat bones mixed with yet another secret ingredient to make them invisible at night. That's why it is so difficult to see them at night!

This is certainly our favorite time of the year and we hope that these poems, songs and rhymes put you into the Halloween mood! Have fun dressing up, spending time with the family and perhaps next Halloween we might feature your very own Halloween poem here, on our famous list of scary poems and Halloween poetry!

Halloween is our favorite time of the year! - Time for some scary stuff!

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      gimmeacoolusername 3 years ago

      i have a poem for halloween trick or treating:

      trick or treat

      smell ur feet

      give me somethin nice to eat

      if u dont we dont care

      we will simply pull down ur underwear

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      gimmeacoolusername 3 years ago

      definitely got me into the halloween mood

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      great job!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you and you too!!!!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      HAPPY HALLOWEEN

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great for Halloween

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      mouse1996 lm 4 years ago

      Love the cute poems.