Find tricks and treats this Halloween with the following selection of poems featuring haunted houses, goblins, vampires, ghosts, and ghouls, along with a Halloween-inspired lesson plan and essays on poets’ graves, poets' last words, and more.


Popular Classic Poems for Halloween

Hallowe’en” by Joel Benton
Pixie, kobold, elf, and sprite …

Halloween” by Robert Burns
Upon that night, when fairies light …

Ghost Music” by Robert Graves
Gloomy and bare and organ-loft …

Haunted Houses” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
All houses wherein men have lived and died …

Mr. Macklin’s Jack O’Lantern” by David McCord
Mr. Macklin takes his knife ...

Halloween” by Arthur Peterson
Out I went into the meadow ...

The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe
Once upon a midnight dreary …

Theme in Yellow” by Carl Sandburg
I spot the hills …

Macbeth, Act IV, Scene I [Round about the cauldron go]” by William Shakespeare
Round about the cauldron go …

Dusk in Autumn” by Sara Teasdale
The moon is like a scimitar …

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Contemporary and Modern Poems for Halloween

From a Train” by Lynn Emanuel
After night's black abandoned truck...

Ghosts and Fashion” by Elaine Equi
Although it no longer has a body...

The Owner of the Night” by Mark Doty
interrogates whoever walks...

Omens” by Cecilia Llompart
The dead bird, color of a bruise...

Ghosts” by Kiki Petrosino
Some ghosts are my mothers...

Bats” by Paisley Rekdal
unveil themselves in dark …

Black Cat” by Rainer Maria Rilke
A ghost, though invisible, still is like a place ...

Cupid” by Amber Flora Thomas
His wings rest at his feet …

To Live in the Zombie Apocalypse” by Burlee Vang
The moon will shine for God …

Portent” by William Carlos Williams
Red cradle of the night...

Migration” by Jenny George
Crows assemble in the bare elm above our house...

Housesitting” by William Brewer
Ten pound art book about Berlin. Black and whites