The Halloween Tree Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-09-16 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 125 user ratings

"Audiobook read by actor Bronson Pinchot.

What a fun little Halloween classic from 1972. It's a tale about eight friends who, on Halloween, learn a bit about history, death and all hallow's eve on a time travel trip in this fun and scary tale. The audiobook narration was fabulous by Bronson Pinchot and I highly recommend it. I see the illustrations for newer editions of the regular book are wonderful as well. Since it's a pretty short read, it would be fun to listen to the audio while following along to the pictures and story. Next Halloween, perhaps. 4 stars.
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"The Halloween Tree, by Ray Bradbury, is to Halloween what Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol is to Christmas. If the novella is not required reading, it should be. This short book proves that Halloween is so much more than a holiday created by candy bar companies, and is most certainly not a satanic celebration. From the tombs of Egypt to the underworld of Mexico during Dia de Los Muertos, Bradbury whisks us away on an autumnal wind. The journey is poignant and purposeful. What exactly would you give to save a friend?

The writing is as perfected as prose comes, not to mention, borderline poetic.

We lost Mr. Bradbury this past year. But, because of stories like this, he will live forever.

Favorite quote: "No wonder the town was empty. The graveyard was full."
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"It is Halloween Night. Tom Skelton and friends are about to go trick or treating together, but someone is missing. Where's their friend Pipkin? Searching for answers, they head to the house of the mysterious and sly Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud who takes them on magical tour of Halloweens past to find Pipkin and learn about Halloween itself. Will they succeed on their journey? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a pretty good read. I have only seen the animated film version of this book so this was my first time reading the original book. The illustrations were great and this was such a great and whimsical story. If you like Halloween stories, definitely check this out. This is available at your local library and wherever books are sold.
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" It was good, just not the Bradbury I’m accustomed to. Made me think about the origins of Halloween, which is the whole point. Best part by far came near the end – where meaningful Bradbury surfaced. " said.

" Magical and prosaic. They don't write like this anymore... too bad. " said.


"O Mr. Moundshroud, will we EVER stop being afraid of nights and death?"
"When you reach the stars, boy, yes, and live there forever, all the fears will go, and Death himself will die."

On Halloween night, 8 boys go to their friend Pipkin's house so they can go trick-or-treating, when he comes out, not quite himself, and tells them to go to the house of Haunts, at the end of the ravine. Skeptically, they head there, and knock on the Marley-esque knocker, where they meet Mr. Moundshroud, who uses his Halloween tree to take them on a journey of Halloween history through various places and events, including the Samhain rituals, and the Dia de los Muertos activities in Mexico. In each place, Pipkin seems to be incorporated into the history of the culture somehow in some spooky way each time, waiting to be saved. Can they save him?

This would be a great book to read aloud to kids 10+ for the Halloween season.
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"This will most definitely be an October read for me around Halloween from this year forward. It's a read every year kind of book. Only Ray Bradbury, in the spirit of a traditional holiday tale, can weave the magic of Halloween into a tale with a dark meaningful moral at the end.

I was utterly enchanted moving through the ages of time with the boys and Mr. Moundshroud as the the group searched for the elusive, wisp like Pipkin. Tears sprang to my eyes as Tom briefly questions Mr. Moundshroud at the end about Death. The friendship and camaraderie of the boys is heartwarming. All in all, this book checks every single box of an amazing read.

*On Audiobook, it's superb. The narrator is absolute perfection and I was entranced the entire time.
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...I think I could quote this book forever...

Night and day. Summer and winter, boys. Seedtime and harvest. Life and death. That’s what Halloween is, all rolled up in one. Noon and midnight. Being born, boys. Rolling over, playing dead like dogs, lads. And getting up again, barking, racing through thousands of years of death each day and each night Halloween, boys, every night, every single night dark and fearful until at last you made it and hid in cities and towns and had some rest and could get your breath.
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