Best Halloween Songs, Poems & Quotes For Kids To Celebrate

Halloween is a fun time to dress up, and play trick or treat, and it surely needn’t be drab and dull with no song or dance. Halloween songs and poems for kids are a great way to celebrate the spooky season. A perfect musical treat on Halloween can add some fun and enjoyable moments to your annual celebrations. If you are looking for some peppy songs that best fit the Halloween vibes filled with witch’s broomsticks, crackling noises, and the haunted houses, we are here to help. Here we have a list of scary numbers for kids, along with some spine-chilling Ocotober greetings and wishes, creepy sayings, quotes, and poems that children would love to recite and perform before an audience.

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Halloween Quotes for Kids

Halloween is a holiday that warrants a lot of activity. From decorating the house to making costumes and greeting cards, and completing school Halloween projects, kids can do a lot. Use these freaky quotes on small placards and drop them amidst your Halloween decorations as spooky notes from the unseen.

You could pin them to your Halloween party invitations, or stick them on your kids’ Halloween costumes. Wherever they go, these scary Halloween quotes and sayings remind you about what is it all about!

Quote 1

John Kendrick Bangs was a 19th-century writer and satirist from America. The quote is from one of Bangs’ poem called Halloween, in which the poet asks people to set aside their woes and celebrate All Hallow’s Eve with costumes, pumpkins, pranks, and treats.

Quote 2

A rather grim line taken from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, this quote just gives you the creeps. The quote is not about Halloween, but it captures the holiday spirit so well that we couldn’t keep it out of our top list.

Quote 3

Arthur Cleveland Coxe describes Halloween so well in just two short lines – a night celebrated by the dead! The lines have been taken from a book called Halloween, A Romaunt by Coxe, who was an Episcopal bishop from New York.

Quote 4

Think of Halloween and what do you see? Little kids dressed as elves, fairies, ghouls, ghosts, Frankenstein, mummies, bats, scarecrows, and run around from one house to another to get their share of treats before the night ends. That is exactly what Joel Benton, an American writer, wanted his readers to picture when they read these lines.

Quote 5

William Motherwell was a Scottish poet and author. This quote by him, possibly an extract from his works, is perhaps one of the creepiest Halloween quotes out there. Think about spirits floating in the sky, and moving as they like using magic, which is said to be at its strongest on Halloween! Creepy!

Quote 6

While the others focused on spirits, Nicholas Gordon talks about how we innocently turn our fear into something better. Amazingly true, isn’t it? In their own innocent way, kids replace their fear with excitement that the holiday brings.

Quote 7

This quote by Dexter Kozen announces the arrival of Halloween, in a rather scary way. Yeah, talk about hearing voices from the woods and trees on All Hallow’s Eve!

Quote 8

Taken from Canadian poet and author Virna Sheard’s poem called Halloween, this quote describes what many people in Europe believe All Souls Day to be – a day when the spirits are back from the other world. Spooky!

Quote 9

Robert Brault, a famous opera tenor from America, had this to say about Halloween, enough to make everyone look at the others in suspicion!

Halloween Wishes And Greetings

Happy Halloween!

That’s an excellent way to greet all your friends and family you meet in person. But when you cannot be with your loved ones, you may want to use better words to express your feelings. Here is our list of inspiring lines to put in the Halloween greetings for kids!

1. Spooktacular it is!

What’s better than a spooky Halloween? Wish your loved ones just that with this excellent one liner for a greeting card. Send this to kids, and we guarantee you’ll get giggles in return.

2. Hear ye, hear ye!

Announcing the arrival of Halloween in style, this line goes well on your Halloween party invitations or even a class project by your kids.

3. The Best Fright?

Fear is not good. So how can it be best? Well, if it is Halloween, all fear is welcome. Wish your loved ones the best kind of fear, the fun-type, with this greeting.

4. Treats or Hecklers

This is a fun way of telling your neighbors to give you treats or else, get heckled! But hey, don’t let your kids take this seriously.

5. The Signs Are Here

How do you know it’s time for Halloween? Just look for black cats, witches flying on their broomsticks.

6. Rhyme It!

Rhymes are easy to remember. And kids love them. So why not use a fun rhyme to wish your family and friends a happy Halloween?

7. Look Around

What do you see around you on Halloween night? Goblins, witches, magicians, wizards, Elvis, and whatnot! This greeting only asks you to be aware of all things scary, and of houses that don’t give away good candy and candy corns (who wants half a bar of candy?).

8. Be Whoever You Want

The best part about this harvest season festival is you can be anyone or anything you want. Regardless of the costume, everybody deserves to have fun, don’t they?

9. Happiness For You

Halloween is about magic. With this greeting, ask the good witches to cook up some happiness potion in their magical cauldrons to keep your loved ones happy on this day.

Top Three Halloween Songs for Kids

Throwing a Halloween party at home? Then you need music that makes your guests dance. Here is our list of three popular songs to play at a Halloween party that fit right into the mood.

1. Thriller by Michael Jackson

Released in 1982, Thriller by Michael Jackson is by far the best-selling album in the world, with over 65 million copies sold. The song Thriller is popular for its amazing choreography with the artists dressed as zombies, fresh out of the graveyards. No doubt that this is one of the best Halloween songs of all time. The lyrics are just as creepy as the video.

2. Monster Mash by Bobby Pickett

Bobby Pickett’s Monster Mash is one of the favorite Halloween-themed songs you can find. Originally released as a single, the track was later part of a complete monster-themed album called The Original Monster Mash, released in 1962. The song has a creepy, Halloween-ey touch, with Bobby’s base voice singing about Dracula, zombies, werewolves and everything else Halloween.

Play this, and your guests can’t help but dance the twist to it.

3. This is Halloween from Nightmare Before Christmas

Tim Burton’s movies have an eerie feel as it, with creepy-looking characters with big eyes and pale skin. Add to it a song like “This is Halloween,” and you have yourself a hit. It is a cool song that you can play at a kids’ Halloween party. Or better, you can use it for a school play.

Halloween Poems for Kids

Halloween poems can also be a great bonding experience between parents and children. Mother and artist Cheryl McNulty recalls the times when her mother would sing Halloween poems with scary intonations. She says, “Our mother would read poems to us when we were small, and we loved it! I can still hear her voice as she raised and lowered her voice to fit the parts. It was funny but scary. And, of course, I would read it to my children, with much enthusiasm. It’s the only way (i).”

So, wouldn’t it be fun if your kids could go trick-or-treating singing these cute songs together? If you just nodded ‘yes,’ this list of poems about the famous festival of the autumn season for kids is for you.

1. Three Little Ghostesses by Kamil Fra

A simple poem with silly word rhymes, the Three Little Ghostesses is a short poem for younger kids. The poem only brings to mind three little naughty imps sloppily eating their buttered toasts! How scary can that be?

2. The Skeleton Parade by Jack Prelutsky

Halloween is one night when all the skeletons come out of the closet without hesitation! So here is a poem dedicated to the bony ones.

3. Oh Boy! It’s Halloween Night… by Cissy Ramirez

Kids are excited about Halloween. There are no two ways about it. Your kids may not talk about their feelings, but this poem tells you exactly how they feel on Halloween night.

Imagine your kid reciting this poem! I bet he’d be as cute as a goofy Daffy Duck!

4. Spirits of the Dead by Edgar Allen Poe

Nobody writes the macabre better than Poe. Remember the Raven? It was certainly his best but not the only notable one. If you are looking for a few grim lines that your kids can recite when they’re out trick-or-treating, Spirits of the Dead poem has a few good lines for you. The poem has five stanzas. We picked one that best represents the Halloween spirit.

5. The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe is a famous Halloween poem for children. The poem is known for its haunting narrative and eerie setting. Allan Poe’s masterful use of rhythm and dark themes captivates young minds, evoking a sense of fear, suspense, and mystery. Its iconic raven symbolizes the supernatural, perfectly embodying the spooky essence of Halloween. The poem has been passed down through generations and is one of the best poems that perfectly convey the spirit of Halloween. The poem describes complex human emotions of wonder, fear, suspense, and doubt and can send a chill down your little one’s spine.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can I make Halloween songs and poems educational for my child?

You can make Halloween songs and poems educational and enlightening for your child by incorporating those that talk about the history of Halloween, its origin, and customs and traditions related to the festival. You can also introduce your children to songs, such as Five Little Pumpkins and Monster Mash, to incorporate counting skills and teach new vocabulary.

2. What are some traditional Halloween symbols and how are they represented in songs and poems?

Many traditional Halloween symbols, including pumpkins, witches, ghosts, bats, and spiders, have been popularly used in Halloween songs and poems.

3. How do Halloween songs and poems promote imagination and play in children?

You can encourage your children to think about their Halloween costumes, masks, and other Halloween-related activities by listening to Halloween songs and poems, thus, promoting creativity and also improving their listening and comprehension skills.

4. How do Halloween songs and poems help children develop a sense of community and belonging?

Singing and learning Halloween songs and poems together can give children of the community the opportunity to bond and have memories together. This also provides families living in a locality to meet each other, thus, providing a sense of community and belonging.

Wearing fashionable clothing and gathering chocolates is one of the children’s favorite activities during Halloween. Our list of Halloween songs and poems for kids will be another addition to this list. We have collected the best Halloween songs, poems, and quotes your child could use during the trick or treating. These quotes and poems would also be a way for your child to show off their literary skills. So, print out the page, give it to your children and switch the old trick-or-treat with these fun and spooky words listed above.

Key Pointers

  • Finding the perfect Halloween song and quote can be a fun bonding activity with your child.
  • Learn the renowned Thriller choreography with your child for a fun time.
  • Re-enact a few Halloween poems with your child to promote their imagination.

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It’s Halloween night, and the fun is here! Watch this video for spooky songs and a night of fright! Sing along and enjoy the Halloween spirit!

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Ronald Hoang
Ronald HoangDiploma in Counselling, Relationship & Family Counselor
Ronald Hoang is a Sydney-based clinical counselor and psychotherapist with around ten years of experience. He holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Macquarie University and a postgraduate degree in counseling from the Australian College of Applied Professions.

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