Scary Poems


Halloween Poems, Classic Spooky Poetry, and More!


The following "dark", scary poems and Halloween poems aren't really that scary - just a little dark in nature, perhaps even a little creepy! Some include our favorite monsters: the vampire, the witch and ghosts. They are written by some of the best poets of all time.  Enjoy!

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Dark & Scary Poems
for All


The Apparition

John Donne


A Dream Within a Dream

Edgar Allan Poe


Because I Could Not Stop For Death

Emily Dickinson


The Bells

Edgar Allan Poe


the Cambridge ladies who

live in furnished souls

e.e. cummings



Edgar Allan Poe


Ghost House

Robert Frost


The Ghost of a Flower




Robert Burns


The Haunted Oak

Paul Laurence Dunbar


The Haunted Palace

Edgar Allan Poe


The Hollow Man

T.S. Eliot


The Lake

Edgar Allan Poe



James Whitcomb Riley


Proverbs of Hell

William Blake


The Pumpkin

John Greenleaf Whittier


The Raven

Edgar Allan Poe



Edgar Allan Poe


Three Witches from Macbeth

William Shakespeare


The Vampire

Rudyard Kipling


The Witch

Mary Elizabeth Coleridge



Edna St. Vincent Millay

The Wolf's Postscript to

'Little Red Riding Hood'

Agha Shahid Ali


Halloween & Scary Poems for Children


An October Night

Charles Audette


Five Little Pumpkins Sitting on a Gate



Fraidie Cat

Clinton Scollard



Fannie Stearns Davis


The Ghost of the Murderer's Hut
Andrew Barton Paterson



John Kendrick Bangs



Joel Benton


Haunted House

Jack Prelutsky


The Hellbound Train Anonymous


The Hearse Song

Traditional Children's Rhyme





The Little Ghost

Edna St. Vincent Millay


The Little Green Orchard Walter de La Mare


Making Jack O' Lanterns



The Night Wind

Eugene Field


The Nine Little Goblins

James Whitcomb Riley


Once Upon a Time

James W. Foley


The only Ghost I ever saw

Emily Dickinson


Only Naughty Children See Spooks on Halloween

Winifred Sackville Stoner, Jr.


The Spider and the Fly

Mary Howitt


The Scariest Thing

Mairi Tereas Gallagher


The Twelve Days of Halloween



Walk Into My Parlor

Mary Howitt


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