From Ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggety beasties And things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us.
-Cornish prayer.


Now it is the time of night That the graves, all gaping wide, Every one lets forth his sprite, In the church-way paths to glide.
-William Shakespeare A Midsummer Night's Dream. Uttered by Puck who is not specifically referring to Halloween, but the sentiment conjures up the imagery of the holiday.