The night is still
And the frost it bites my face
I wear my silence like a mask
And murmur like a ghost
"Trick or Treat"
"Trick or Treat"
The bitter and the sweet

The carefree days
Are distant now
I wear my memories like a shroud
I try to speak but words collapse
"Trick or Treat"
"Trick or Treat"
The bitter and the sweet

I wander though your sadness
Gazing at you with scorpion eyes

A sweet reminder
In the ice-blue nursery
Of a childish murder
Of hidden luster
And she cries
"Trick or Treat"
"Trick or Treat"
The bitter and the sweet

I wander through your sadness
Gazing at you with scorpion eyes
Halloween, Halloween

Lyrics submitted by Kaitou

Halloween Lyrics as written by Pip Williams Richard John Parfitt

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +2
    General CommentAs you get older, eventually things that once brought you joy now seem insignificant like Halloween in this case. Perhaps what the song's portraying is the transformation of ecstasy to bitterness as you grow older.
    LunaPhantasmaon October 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm thinking maybe if you read the verses from last to first you see that it's about the numbing of a child that eventually hides within itself. It begins in the nursery. Wandering (or enduring) your sadness the child who once gazed at a parent in adoration now has a sting in their eye. (AKA the teenage years). Then older when carefree days are over your try to be your own person (I try to speak) but end up echoing - my parents? Then ends with one being totally inside oneself - dead - like a ghost.
    oldgravy1611on July 09, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningSEVERIN: "My source for that is something that happened to me when I was very young, understanding reality for the first time, if that doesn’t sound too... (pause) I suddenly realised when I was about six that I was a separate person. Suddenly I knew I was around instead of just being a part of things. And once that happens you realise that you’ve lost something like an innocence." Source: Sounds 07/03/81
    JJKelsallon December 01, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"I wander through your sadness...."

    That lyric.. and the way she sings it.... *shivers* This may be my favorite Banshees song.

    -- I think this album was released the same year as the movie Halloween with Jamie Lee Curtis.
    pleasebeatme92on July 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI put this song on my "Halloween" cd.. it's a great song to play during the time.
    phantombreezeon February 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of my favorites but very creepy.

    When I listen to this song, i think of a serial killer who is disguised in a costume and targets unattended children on Halloween night. What's the motivation? Envy. The serial killer has to deal with a dark past and a wretched life and longs for the carefree days when he/she was a child and had no responsibility. In order to feel powerful and avenged, the serial killer goes after the innocent and the vulnerable (the bitter and the sweet). The serial killer might even lure the children with candy (trick or treat). Compare with another siouxsie song: Candyman
    happytourist93on June 08, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe trick is the treat.
    oldgravy1611on July 09, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Link(s)HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2011 everyone!
    I must say that I am so encouraged to find others who ponder the lyrics of Siouxsie and the Banshees. The band's amazing music is worth pondering... and your analyses inspire me to find ever newer levels of possible meaning in the lyrics.

    I posted on this song at my blog if you care to check it out:

    Yours in autumnal splendor -


    NomadMonadon October 28, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentH A P P Y H A L L O W E E N 2021 !
    NomadMonadon October 30, 2021   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis song sounds like it is about someone who got killed on Hallowe'en. Spooky.
    lokithecaton April 04, 2005   Link

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