The Halloween Tree Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-12-25 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 125 user ratings

"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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 Remember back to your days as a kid... 

those days of unfettered imagination

when nothing seemed impossible?

This book took me back there for just a moment.

Bradbury spins a modern day(relatively speaking) fairy tale with a focal point of eight friends who gather for Halloween. While an undercurrent of adolescent loss tugs at the edge of your awareness, the author takes us on a trip through the death legends of a variety of world cultures.

The eight friends, after meeting with their missing ninth friend, decide to meet in

The Ravine From this deep place sprang mushroom and toadstool
and cold stone frog and crawdad and spider. there was a long tunnel
down there under the earth in which poisoned waters dripped and the
echoes never ceased calling Come Come Come and if you do you'll stay
forever, forever, drip, forever, rustle, whisper, and never go, never

at the House the place of Haunts.

The house was special and fine and tall and dark. There must have been
a thousand windows in its sides, all shimmering with cold stars. It looked
as if it had been cut out of black marble instead of built out of timbers,
and inside? who could guess how many rooms, halls, breezeways, attics.
Superior and inferior attics, some higher than others, some more filled
with dust and webs and ancient leaves or gold buried above ground in the sky
but lost away so high no ladder in town could take you there.

The House seemed alive

The entire house shook. Its bones ground together. Shades snap-furled up so
windows blinked wide their ghastly eyes.

Moonlit reflections trembled in the glass like schools of disturbed silver
minnows. Then the front door gave a shake, a twist of its knob, a grimace
of its Marley knocker, and flung itself open.
The wind made by the suddenly opening door almost knocked the boys off the
porch. They seized one another's elbows, yelling.
Then the darkness within the house inhaled. A wind sucked through the gaping door.
It pulled at the boys, dragging them across the porch. They had to lean back
so as not to be snatched into the deep dark hall. They struggled, shouted,
clutched the porch rails. But then the wind ceased.

Darkness moved within darkness.

Inside the house, a long way off, someone was walking toward the door.
Whoever it was must have been dressed all in black for they could
see nothing but a pale white face drifting in the air.
An evil smile came and hung in the doorway before them.
Behind the smile, the tall man hid in shadows. They could see his eyes now,
small pinpoints of green fire in little charred pits of sockets, looking out at them.

.....Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud who will lead them on a journey none of the boys will ever forget.

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"This was such a quick, fun little story that's perfectly suited for Halloween. I mean, like, duh.

I think my favorite part of the book was when the boys experienced The Day of the Dead Ones in Mexico. And when they find Pip & have to make that hard decision to save him! I want a group of friends like that
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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.

" Reto 29- 2018 Book Challenge: Un libro acerca de o ambientado en Halloween. " 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 Pipkin comes out, he's 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. He 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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"this limited edition version of bradbury's halloween tree that was printed in 2004 is absolutely the version worth reading, entirely for the inclusion of his first submitted typescript.

see, knopf was interested in a straight-up juvenile book. bradbury wanted to write "a book for children of all ages." so, when the first knopf edition was published in 1972, there were a ton of cuts, largely to bradbury's wonderful descriptive passages.

also included are a ton of supplemental materials, including correspondence with chuck jones (with whom bradbury was working to create a rival to "it's the great pumpkin, charlie brown"), international dust jacket illustrations, interviews with the author, his original screenplay, the teleplay of the 1992 animated version, and bradbury's working draft. there's also a table of the differences between all of the versions, and a bunch of notes on the edits, explaining certain choices and why certain edits were made.

anyway, this is bradbury's ode to halloween and childhood, the tale of eight 12-year-old boys who go on a journey to discover the history of halloween as well as save the ninth member of their group from taking that final journey to "the unknown country." it's filled with nostalgia, adventure, and bradbury's contagious love of all hallow's. definitely recommended.
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