Posted on October 31, 2020 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
"Where there is no imagination there is no horror." — Arthur Conan Doyle
A sentiment we've been hearing quite frequently is that 2020 is scary enough, so there isn't much need to seek fictional frights.
"One need not be a chamber to be haunted;
One need not be a house;
The brain has corridors surpassing
— Emily Dickinson
"Anyone could see that the wind was a special wind this night, and the darkness took on a special feel because it was All Hallows' Eve. Everything seemed cut from soft black velvet or gold or orange velvet. Smoke panted up out of a thousand chimneys like the plumes of funeral parades. From kitchen windows drifted two pumpkin smells: gourds being cut, pies being baked."
― Ray Bradbury, The Halloween Tree
"Halloween shadows played upon the walls of the houses. In the sky the Halloween moon raced in and out of the clouds. The Halloween wind was blowing, not a blasting of wind but a right-sized swelling, falling, and gushing of wind. It was a lovely and exciting night, exactly the kind of night Halloween should be."
― Eleanor Estes, The Witch Family
"Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Christmas and the others can end up making you sad, because you know you should be happy. But on Halloween you get to become anything that you want to be."
― Ava Dellaira, Love Letters to the Dead