Characters in Something Wicked This Way Comes undergo great physical transformations to become, in most cases, the freaks of a traveling carnival. Their dreams are twisted into nightmares, and their mental and spiritual changes reflected in these extreme physical changes. Transformations in this novel are both good and bad, both ordinary and supernatural. The simply transformation of growing up, for example, is always in the background in this coming-of-age story.
In Something Wicked This Way Comes, every dream is turned into a nightmare.
The transformations in this novel all in some way comment on the transition from childhood to adulthood.