Short Halloween Poems

Short Halloween Poems

For many, the spirit of Halloween is best captured in the timeless stories and legends we relive each year. As the fateful day approaches, we’ve compiled a list of our 13 favorite spooky poems. Short Halloween Poems  While each can be enjoyed alone (if you’re brave enough!), these poems are even spookier when read aloud. We’ve collected our favorite excerpts from these poems, but reading the poem in its entirety is definitely worth your while. So turn out the lights, gather around the fireplace, and try not to get too scared.Short Halloween Poems

Short Halloween Poems

“Haunted” by Siegfried Sassoon,Short Halloween Poems

An evil creature in the twilight looping,

Flapped blindly in his face.  Beating it off,

He screeched in terror, and strightway something clambered

Heavil from an oak, and dropped, bent double,

To shamble at him zigzag, squat and bestial.Short Halloween Poems

Headlong he charges down the wood, and falls

With roaring brain–agonidy–the snap’t spark–

And blots of green and purple in his eyes.

Then the slow fingers groping on his neck,

And at his hear the strangling clasp of death.

Short Halloween Poems

“A Child’s Nightmare” by Robert Graves

Through long nursery nights he stood,Short Halloween Poems
By my bed unwearying,
Loomed gigantic, formless, queer,
Purring in my haunted ear
That same hideous nightmare thing,
Talking, as he lapped my blood,
In a voice cruel and flat,
Saying for ever, “Cat! … Cat! … Cat!…”

Short Halloween Poems

“The Vampire” by Conrad Aiken

What shape was this who came to us,
With basilisk eyes so ominous,Short Halloween Poems
With mouth so sweet, so poisonous,
And tortured hands so pale?
We saw her wavering to and fro,Short Halloween Poems
Through dark and wind we saw her go;
Yet what her name was did not know;
And felt our spirits fail.

Short Halloween Poems

“The Haunted Oak” by Paul Laurence Dunbar

He prayed his prayer and he swore his oath,

And he raised his hand to the sky;

But the beat of hoofs smote on his ear,

And the steady tread drew nigh.Short Halloween Poems

Who is it rides by night, by night,

Over the moonlit road?

And what is the spur that keeps the pace,

What is the galling goad?

Short Halloween Poems

“The Spider and the Fly: A Fable” by Mary Howitt

“Will you walk into my parlor?” said the spider to the fly;
“‘Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you did spy.
The way into my parlor is up a winding stair,
And I have many pretty things to show when you are there.”
“O no, no,” said the little fly, “To ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair can ne’er come down again.”

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The Night Wind” by Eugene Field

Have you ever heard the wind go “Yooooo”?
‘T is a pitiful sound to hear!
It seems to chill you through and through
With a strange and speechless fear.
‘T is the voice of the night that broods outside
When folk should be asleep,

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And many and many ‘s the time I ‘ve cried
To the darkness brooding far and wide
Over the land and the deep:
“Whom do you want, O lonely night,
That you wail the long hours through?”
And the night would say in its ghostly way:

Short Halloween Poems

“The Little Ghost” by Edna St. Vincent Millay

I knew her for a little ghost

That in my garden walked;

The wall is high?higher than most?
And the green gate was locked.

Short Halloween Poems

Short Halloween Poems

“The Witch” by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge

The cutting wind is a cruel foe.
I dare not stand in the blast.Short Halloween Poems
My hands are stone, and my voice a groan,
And the worst of death is past.
I am but a little maiden still,
My little white feet are sore.
Oh, lift me over the threshold, and let me in at the door!

Short Halloween Poems

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