The best Halloween movie quotes to put you in a spooky state of mind

These Halloween movie quotes will make you scream with fright and delight!

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Look no further than the best Halloween movie quotes for shrieks and screams! 

We rounded up one-liners from classic horror films, reboots and those not-so-scary seasonal favorites that are perfect for your annual costume photo caption. If you need a little bit of spooky inspo, we have you covered.

After you've wowed your friends with the most popular Halloween costume and makeup, be sure to kick back—candy at hand—for a marathon of the best Halloween movies, from the downright frightening to the kid-friendly. (We love 'em all.) 

If you want to go all out this year, have a look at our tips for how to throw a Halloween movie party. See you there!

Our favorite Halloween movie quotes

1. 'IT' (1990)

"I'm every nightmare you've ever had. I'm your worst dream come true. I'm everything you ever were afraid of."

Pennywise the Dancing Clown

While the infamous "You'll float, too" line has lived on in every adaptation of IT, this quote from the 1990 miniseries truly embodies Pennywise in all of his evil glory. 

2. 'IT' (2017)

"Tasty, tasty, beautiful fear!"

Pennywise the Dancing Clown

Bill Skarsgård somehow manages to make Pennywise all the more horrific in the 2017 reboot of IT. Just as he is about to dig in for a bite of poor Eddie, he delights in how sweet the frightened kiddo will taste.

3. 'Scream' (1996)

"Don't you blame the movies. Movies don't create psychos. Movies make psychos more creative!"

Billy Loomis

*SPOILER ALERT* When Sydney uncovers who's behind the Ghost Face murders, the boyfriend she thought she knew shows her a very, very different side. 

4. 'Silence of the Lambs' (1989)

"I do wish we could chat longer, but I'm having an old friend for dinner."

When Clarice receives a call from Dr. Lecter, he apologies for not being able to have a lengthier chat, as he's "having an old friend for dinner." Given his history, it's safe to say he means that literally (and with a bottle of Chianti, no doubt). 

5. 'The Shining' (1980)

Cultural references abound when Jack Torrance goes a bit mad. Think of this as a precursor to the famous "Here's Johnny!" line.

"Wendy, I'm home!"

Jack Torrance

6. 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' (1984)

"I'm your boyfriend now, Nancy."

Freddy Krueger

Nancy is in for quite a surprise when the phone rings after it's been disconnected. 

7. 'Friday the 13th' (1980)

"I'm a messenger of God. You're doomed if you stay here! This place is cursed. Cursed!"

Crazy Ralph

As it turns out, perhaps Crazy Ralph wasn't so crazy after all?

8. 'The Addams Family' (1991)

"This is my costume. I'm a homicidal maniac. They look just like everyone else."

Wednesday Addams

Christina Ricci puts a more sinister spin on the spooky-but-adorable Wednesday Addams—this line is proof! Check out what Jenna Ortega does with the iconic character in the Wednesday Addams Netflix treatment. 

9. 'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' (1966)

"A person should always choose a costume which is in direct contrast to her own personality."

Lucy Van Pelt

Leave it to Lucy to bestow Halloween wisdom upon her friends as they embark on a trick-or-treat adventure. 

10. 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' (1993)

"We've got to find Jack! There are only 365 days until the next Halloween!"

The Mayor

The hunt for Jack Skellington is on, and clearly, time is of the essence. There's no time for the Pumpkin King to fall in love with Christmas, that's for sure!

11. 'Hocus Pocus' (1993)

"It's all just a bunch of hocus pocus!"

Max Dennison

Is it, though, Max? Is it?

Be sure to catch the Sanderson sisters' big return in Hocus Pocus 2

11. 'The Addams Family Values' (1993)

"I'm just like any modern woman trying to have it all. Loving husband, a family. It's just, I wish I had more time to seek out the dark forces and join their hellish crusade, that's all."

Moritica Addams

It's hard being a modern, macabre woman, but if you ask us, Moritica Addams pulls it off with ease! 

In the follow-up to 1991's The Addams Family, Tish delivers this fantastic line while trying to navigate life as a mother of three. (Yes, three.) 

12. 'Beetlejuice' (1988)

"It’s showtime!"


An oldie but a goodie!

13. 'Halloween' (1978)

"It’s Halloween, I guess everyone’s entitled to one good scare, huh?"

Mr. Brackett

We'll leave you with a classic line for lucky number 13.

Danielle Valente

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 

The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos, new TV shows and relationship trends.  

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets. 

When Danielle is not working, you can usually find her reading a book, coffee at hand, or attempting a new recipe. (Recommendations always welcome!)