Halloween Greeting

Framed, in the entrance of our home:


to Our House

Enter Freely;

Go Safely,

And Leave Something

of the Happiness

You Bring

Who amongst the RNS readership can identify this version of an

infamous but courtly Old World greeting?

Hint: it’s Halloween-y.

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4 Responses to Halloween Greeting

  1. Danno says:

    No idea.

    But I like it!

  2. Derek says:


    I cheated and abused my Google-Fu.

  3. DFWMTX says:

    Dunno about all of it, but the first part sounds like the intro to the game 7th Guest, IIRC.

  4. David says:

    Derek’s right — it’s from Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Dracula says it to Jonathan Harker after opening the door to Dracula’s Castle.

    I don’t mind the “Enter freely” bit — any burglar who thinks it’s an invitation to him to come and go as he pleases is under the same misconception as young Harker about the geniality of his host.

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