The temperatures are dropping, pumpkin-spiced everything is back in stores, and the calendar keeps marching toward October 31. That can only mean one thing: it's time to add some spooky holiday flair to your social media. For a bit of inspiration, check out these brilliant Halloween Instagram captions. They'll add that little something extra to your best pics of costumes, pumpkins, and scary decor.
Halloween is a popular holiday, and social media has only added to the costumed hype. In fact, the #Halloween tag on Instagram has almost 50 million posts at this time. For such an old holiday, it's a huge deal for many people today. I mean, #valentinesday only has about 10 million posts. Halloween is by far the fan favorite.
Like many things, Halloween has become larger and more performative in the Instagram age. How can you stand out in the crowd? I mean, if your costume is going on display for the whole world, its pic needs to be pretty extra, right? That's where these creepy captions come in to play. Drawing on quotes from classic Halloween movies, scary pop songs, and even haunting Broadway plays, these statements will take your pics to the next level. Funny, creepy, and occasionally poignant, these captions will make your Instagram feed 100 percent more spooky.
1"It's close to midnight and something evil's lurking in the dark." — "Thriller"
Why not quote one of the spookiest pop songs of all time? Michael Jackson's "Thriller" has been grooving and spooking since 1982. If you've never seen the full music video for "Thriller," stop what you're doing right now and admire those slinky dancing zombies on YouTube.
OK, it's a bit on the snarky side. But if you're a fan of puns and witches (like me), it's a great, simple quote to spice up your feed.
3"We are the weirdos, mister." — 'The Craft'
It's an iconic line from an iconic film. The witches from 1996's The Craft made you covet their friendships, powers, and wardrobes. To be honest, I still want to change hair colors with a swipe of my hand.
4"Eat, drink, and be scary."
This would be the perfect caption for a family Halloween party pic. Or a shot of you and your BFFs boozing it up in costumes. It's fitting for many situations.
5"This is Halloween, this is Halloween." — 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'
It's not everyday that a claymation celebration of all things Halloween comes to life. That's why 1993's The Nightmare Before Christmas is still so haunting. Did you sing the lines in your head?
6"Trick or treat yo self."
Because all Halloween puns should also reference Parks and Recreation, AKA the most quotable show ever.
7"For the first time time . . . I feel . . . wicked." — 'Wicked'
Granted, Broadway's Wicked is far more inspiring than scary. But this line shows Elphaba embracing her emerging role as the Wicked Witch of the West. It's classic.
8"You want to see something really scary?" — 'Twilight Zone: The Movie'
OK, so the 1960s TV show is the stuff of pop culture legend. But there's something delightful and haunting about 1983's Twilight Zone: The Movie, particularly that opening scene. It scared the bejeezus out of me as a kid, and I always think of it this time of year.
9"Something wicked this way comes." — 'Macbeth'
For extra geek points, use this quote. Not only does it reference the three weird witches from Shakespeare's Macbeth, but it's also the title of a 1962 Ray Bradbury novel. Oh, and the 1983 film version of Something Wicked This Way Comes will make you rethink carnival rides forever.
10"There's a light, light in the darkness of everybody's life." — 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show'
Is it even Halloween without a midnight viewing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show? The 1975 film begs you to memorize every word and act along. It's the cult classic for Transylvanians everywhere.
11"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." — 'Anne of Green Gables'
For a sweeter take on the season, post this quote. L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables has charmed readers since 1908, and this lovely sentiment about Octobers still rings true. This month does make the world a little more magic.
12"Here for the boos."
Well, this one is self-explanatory.
13"I'm a mouse. Duh." — 'Mean Girls'
Does Mean Girls have a quote for every single occasion? Yes. The 2004 comedy features a memorable scene at a Halloween party.
14"When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers 'tis near Halloween." — Unknown
Add some old school cool to your feed with this quote from an unknown author. These lines definitely invoke the spirit of the holiday. Plus, it's an obligatory caption if you have any pics of black cats.
15"Where my ghouls at?"
It's a kitschy, fun line. And if there's a holiday that should celebrate creepy puns, Halloween is it.