As the calendar keeps approaching the spookiest month of the year, everything gets a little extra creepy: even your social media updates. Posting some Halloween Facebook statuses will help you get in the spirit of the season. Plus, it's the easiest way to delight and/or confuse your followers, depending on how many Halloween references they happen to know. It's a modern way to celebrate a holiday with roots in ancient traditions.
For a bit of context, remember that Halloween celebrations are nothing new. In fact, Halloween has its origins in the Celtic festival of Samhain, which was celebrated by the Celts thousands of years ago in present-day Ireland, according to the website for the History channel. People lit bonfires and put on costumes to frighten off any wandering ghosts, which sounds like a freaking awesome way to pass the time. Anyway, these traditions likely blended with the later Christian holiday of All Saint's Day on November 1, and somewhere along the line the holiday of Halloween emerged, according to Live Science. Although its exact origins may be lost to time, Halloween celebrations are still very much alive and well today — perhaps more so than ever.
For instance, check out the current holiday spending on Halloween. Halloween spending has increased dramatically since 2007, and it topped out at an estimated $8.4 billion in 2016, according to the National Retail Federation. It looks like all those costumes, candy, and pumpkins really add up. Whatever the reason, it seems modern people are into this ancient holiday more than ever before. Something about the costuming, candy, and (let's be honest) booze presents a much-needed opportunity to become someone or something else for a night.
So when you're posting a spooky status to Facebook or Twitter or other media this year, think back to the long traditions that have led to this point. Because of an ancient Celtic festival, you're compelled to post movie, TV, and comedian quotes about trick-or-treating on the computer. Wild, right? Well, keep the tradition alive with a selection of these quotes.
1. "Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together – mass hysteria." — 'Ghostbusters'
The Ghostbusters (1984) movie is full of quotable moments, but this line from Dr. Peter Venkman always stands out. Also, Ernie Hudson's expression in the background is everything.
2. "There's no razors in candy. If for no other reason, it doesn't make financial sense." — Arj Barker
Arj Barker has some rational thoughts about holiday pranks. You can catch all of Barker's thoughts about Halloween on Comedy Central Presents.
3. "Wherever you are, it's somewhere, walking straight for you." — 'It Follows'
What is it, exactly? You'll have to watch It Follows (2014) to find out.
4. "She done messed with the wrong witch." — 'American Horror Story: Coven'
So many AHS quotes are appropriate this time of year, but the delivery of this line still gives me all the chills.
5. "I myself am strange and unusual." — 'Beetlejuice'
Long before she wowed audiences in Stranger Things, Winona Ryder played the strange and unusual Lydia Deetz in Beetlejuice (1988). She's the definition of iconic in this scene.
6. "I make a hot Catwoman. Kitty wants some candy." — Jim Gaffigan
Is Halloween the easiest way to freak out your neighbors? Well, it depends on the costume choice.
7. "Ch ch ch ah ah ah." — Jason Voorhees
If you've seen Friday the 13th (1980), then this sound is embedded in your brain forever. Watch out, campers.
8. "A sexy French maid? I can't do that. I'd just look like a maid." — Cristela Alonzo
So much has been said about the sexification of Halloween costumes. But I'm especially fond of Cristela Alonzo's take on sexy French maid costumes and their wearability in real life.
9. “It’s just a bunch of hocus pocus.” — 'Hocus Pocus'
If you only watch one movie this Halloween, make it this one.
10. “Whatever you do . . . don’t fall asleep.” — 'A Nightmare On Elm Street'
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) remains one of the scariest movies out there, because it introduced the world to Freddy Krueger. Plus, a baby Johnny Depp made his feature film debut in this flick.
11. "I can't believe that there's a nightmare — on my street!" — "A Nightmare on My Street"
Post this without context and see which of your friends recognizes the 1988 song from DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince.
12. "Nothing proves just how dumb we are collectively as a people, nothing proves it more, than candy corn." — Lewis Black
Did the massive candy corn hate originate with this Lewis Black declaration? As he sees it, the confection is neither candy nor corn.
13. "Then who was phone?"
What is this? Oh, it's only referencing the best creepypasta of all time. Someone on your friends list will get the reference.
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