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...