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A fast moving eerietale set on Halloween night Eight costumed boys running to meet their friend Pipkin at the haunted house outside town encounter instead the huge and cadaverous Mr Moundshroud As Pipkin scrambles to join them he is swept away by a dark Something and Moundshroud leads the boys on the tail of a kite through time and space to search the past for their friend and the meaning of Halloween

10 thoughts on “The Halloween Tree

  1. says:

    They thought of All Hallows' Night and the billion ghosts awandering the lonely lanes in cold winds and strange smokesThe Halloween Tree Ray BradburyI have a tradition of reading Charles Dickens every December It may be a short story or a full length novel but December is meant for Dickens After having read Bradbury's The Halloween Tree I have decided that I will now read Ray Bradbury every October October is meant for BradburyThere is so much to love about this book The Halloween Tree is the story of eight friends who on Halloween try to find their missing ring leader Pipkin The search leads them to an old dark Gothic mansion haunted of course with a tree covered in lit jack o lanterns the Halloween tree It is here we meet Moundshroud who offers to help them find Pipkin but they need to learn the truth about Halloween first From here we are given a tour of Halloween and Halloween like celebrations from around the world from Ancient Egypt to modern day MexicoBradbury is a masterful storyteller What is amazing here is Bradbury takes the concept of death and the ending of one’s own life from a personal to a worldly discussion More than that we learn what it is like to live and grow and even mor importantly about the fluidity of life not an easy task to be sureThere is so much I could say here but I don't want to spoil this for others This is a book to read and reread many times I consider The Halloween Tree a classic and a wonderful surprise for me

  2. says:

    When their friend Pipkin is snatched away his eight friends with the mysterious Mr Moundshroud go looking for him crossing time and space and learning all about HalloweenApart from some of his short stories I've never ready any Bradbury Since we're on the cusp of Halloween I gave this a shotThis is a cute fun story Mr Moundshroud teaches the boys about Halloween across the ages while they look for their missing friend Pipkin There aren't a lot of childrens' books that reference druids mummies witches gargoyles and the day of the dead It brought back memories of Halloweens past for meThe prose is poetic and flows like water from a hose Some of it has an almost Doctor Seussian flair I'm not surprised there's an animated version The book screams to be a cartoonBradbury's influence on later authors can be felt in this one I notice some phrasing that Stephen King has echoed but the writing shouted Neil Gaiman at me Coraline The Graveyard Book practically all of Gaiman's prose owes a debt to Ray Bradbury Hell The Sandman probably also has some Bradbury in his family treeI probably missed the window for perfect enjoyment of this book by decades Even so I enjoyed it uite a bit 35 out of 5 stars Now I really want to track down the animated version Leonard Nimoy as Mr Moundshroud

  3. says:

    Welllll that was different 🎃Happy Reading Mel 🖤🐺🐾

  4. says:

    The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury is a short novel by the grandmaster that uses as a premise a group of trick or treating boys traveling through time chasing a mysteriously missing friends to create a vehicle for examining the roots and sources of Halloween Probably written for a juvenile or young adult audience Bradbury demonstrates his range and imagination to craft a story that is as entertaining as any of his recognized works The character Moundshroud most likely as a personification of Death is certainly a memorable Bradbury creation

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    This book and I have a history and one which I wasn't even aware of until I have actually read it Years and years ago I saw an opening snippet of a Halloween movie on Cartoon Network it was October and they had Halloween themed cartoons running all day long from the Addams Family to special episodes of Scooby Doobut this one caught my attention it was a full length animation and the opening scene featured a bird's eye view on a small town where dusk had just began to fall and the skies were fiery red For some reason I didn't get to watch the rest of it and for years remembered just this image of burning red sky and a sense of autumnal mystery I couldn't find the title of this film as all this happened when the internet was still in its infancy But this image had never completely left my mind and after reading this book something in the back of my head urged me to see if it was ever adapted for the screen and lo and behold I learned that in 1993 Hanna Barbera has turned it into a feature length animated film written and narrated by Bradbury himself and it was since often shown on Cartoon Network during Halloween I even saw the opening on YouTube and it matches what I remember almost to the letterCan you believe? After so many years I've finally found my long forgotten cartoon which as a boy I thought I'd never see again for some reason it didn't occur to me to just look for it a year later perhaps because after October and Winter arrived Summer which at this age was like beginning to live in a completely new world I'm older now but that boy is still there somewhere within me and he is very happy Special thanks go to Ziba for introducing me to this book and urging me to read it thank you The Halloween Tree is another of Ray Bradbury's ode to youth and boyhood and a true Halloween special Bradbury wrote in simple but elegant language and his words are filled with nostalgia for the earlier simpler time of youth and childhood and the sense of mystery and adventure which were all around when the days turned shorter and colder leaves fell from the trees and whispers of ghosts began to circulate Eight friends dress up in Halloween costumes there's the skeleton a mummy a witch even Mr Death himself but they're missing the group favorite and their leader Pipkin; he looks unwell but has never missed a Halloween and tells them that he will meet up with them as they go on The group arrives at a mysterious Gothic mansion with a gigantic tree hung with Jack O Lanterns; they discover that the house is inhabited by an eually mysterious man named Moundshroud Just then Pipkin appears but is snatched away from them by unknown forces and dragged into the dark unknown space; Mr Moundshroud invites the group on a strange journey through time and across the world the only chance to save their friendThe structure is similar to Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol where Ebenezer Scrooge is taken by various ghost to experience the Past the Present and the Yet To Come but AChristmas Carol is a story of another season and another man focused solely on Scrooge and his relationship with others The Halloween Tree while giving plenty of attention to Pipkin is focused much on Halloween and its origins from the ancient traditions of the Egyptians Greeks and Romans through the Celts and the medieval times in Britain and France to the Mexican Día de Muertos Civilizations which created these customs have long since disappeared but their tradition survived and influenced the holiday and its celebration and are all elements of this storyJoe Mugnaini illustrations are delightful and I wish there were of them Still I think that The Halloween Tree is a story which would shine when listened to as told by someone who understands autumn and Halloween and cares about both deeply and delights in telling stories to an engaged audience of young and old children It's a short novella which can be read in one sitting but paints a great tribute to the season the warmth of summer and its lush green disappeared but in their place arrived mystery and the multitude of sensations which you can't experience at any other time of the year I don't think anyone can dislike this book but I think plenty of us autumn people will end enjoying it greatly

  6. says:

    It's big it's broad It's broad it's bright It fills the sky of All Hallow's Night The strangest sight you've ever seenThe monster Tree on HalloweenThe leaves have burned to gold and redThe grass is brown the old year deadBut hang the harvest high Oh seeThe candle constellations on the Halloween TreeThe stars they turn the candles burnAnd the mouse leaves scurry on the cold wind bourneAnd a mob of smiles shine down on theeFrom the gourds hung high on the Halloween TreeThe smile of the Witch and the smile of the CatThe smile of the Beast the smile of the BatThe smile of the Reaper taking his feeAll cut and glimmer on the Halloween Tree October has always been my favourite time of year The autumn colours the usually sunny but fresh air it all looks and feels so cozy At some point I also heard about Halloween or All Hallow's Eve it wasn't celebrated here for a long time and it has uickly become my favourite holiday of the year Carving pumpkins using hundreds of candles watching and reading spooky movies and stories there is just a special atmosphere about itNevertheless despite what many cynics say this is not a holiday invented by the sugar industry All Hallows Eve has had many names throughout the centuries and was still is in fact celebrated all over the world and always for the same reason the fear of darkness and hope for the light sun to come back In fact many years ago November 1st used to be New Year'sThis book is full of the energy of children running around playing in heaps of leaves trick or treating carving pumpkins and laughing all the while Bradbury seems to have many different voices depending on what kind of story he's telling and this is one of pure joy The book tells of Halloween its history throughout time and space and of hope and friendship through the children that need to save their friend with the help of the mysterious Mr Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud his identity is in the name He takes them on a journey to learn about human history the history of darkness vs light fear vs hope to make them see well find out for yourselvesThis book has so many great messages From what witches really are to the fate of any form of belief even if it has become one of the biggest religions in all the world to cultural differences that still tell of the commonalities to the value of a human life And all with this incredible charm and vitality perfectly capturing the spirit of HalloweenAccompanying this great tale are wonderful black and white illustrations by Joseph MugnainiI cannot even adeuately put in words what this little book means to me I think I shall read it every October from now on It's THAT GOOD invoking the spirit of autumn in general and Halloween especially Just the right amount of childish joy for all things spooky because make no mistake there is enough spookiness in this as well as intelligent excursions into dark and deep topics Trick and treat indeed

  7. says:

    This was a fun and uirky read for Halloween Ray Bradbury has a great way of painting a myriad of images in his writing I adored the illustrations by Joseph Mugnaini When I started this book I was hooked immediately and thought this was going to be my 5 star Halloween book for the year The wind outside nested in each tree prowled the sidewalks in invisible treads like unseen cats Tom Skelton shivered Anyone could see that the wind was a special wind this night and the darkness took on a special feel because it was All Hallows' Eve Everything seemed cut from soft black velvet or gold or orange velvet Smoke panted up out of a thousand chimneys like the plumes of funeral parades I had an awesome feeling of nostalgia as the story was set up and the boys dressed in their costumes and prepared themselves for a night of thrills and adventure Meeting at the haunted house on the outskirts of town the boys realize that one of their own the magnificent Pipkin is in danger In order to save him they must travel back in time with the frightfully fantastic Mr Moundshroud Here the reader journeys and learns about the history of Halloween through the ages and across the continents right along with this pack of boys I thought this was a very clever idea However it was at this point that I lost a bit of interest in the story Too much information was thrown at me too uickly and everything became a bit too chaotic I wanted to sit back and really learn a bit about each place and time but before I knew it I was rushed on to the next Well I'm glad to say I have finally read this book and I am not sorry that I did it certainly provided some entertainment I just wish I could regurgitate some of what I learned about Halloween but I'm afraid Mr Moundshroud's grandiose efforts were a bit lost on me

  8. says:

    Mr Moundshroud proves to be a delightfully light read leaves on the wind Virgil as he takes a group of kids on a roaring fast ride through time on Hallow's Eve to give us the real rundown on mummies witches druids and all the creepy crawlies of history summing things up with a uintessential Bradburian moral and prosaic revealIt's perfect for what it is a totally fast YA ride that might get even better justice as a full production Spielberg production with a gazillion dollars behind it with Disney and Lucasfilms playing a big role with Neil Gaiman providing about a thousand hours worth of consultancy to boot Sound good? Yep It needs a lot of firepower to amp it up and make it look absolutely spectacular and feel like it has the depth of ages It feels like Mary Poppins and Bednobs and Broomsticks would if they were actually good movies And maybe it could be an excellent movie tooBut for me I feel like I should have loved this long before I ever watched Nightmare Before ChristmasIt's all about timing At my late age I want to start taking exception to some of the conclusions that Bradbury makes nitpick about the history complain about the lack of girls and give a horribly injust condemnation to the book because it lacks the whole modern Halloween and horror awesomeness that us moderns have to offerFor shame Shame on meBut then that's also the reason why I mentioned bringing in a bunch of the heavy hitters of today to update the tale I'm sure THIS is one of those old books that could be turned into something special again for a whole new generation It already has magic

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    Spooktober read #7I don’t mind that I didn’t get Dr Seuss books when I was a kid I would have probably disliked them But I am vaguely upset that no one thought to read me “The Halloween Tree” I already loved that holiday than Christmas by the time I was six and I know I would have been eually terrified and thrilled by this lovely storyI had been meaning to get a copy for a while when I found this amazing edition illustrated by the great Gris Grimly who gave me the best “Frankenstein” adaptation ever himself His whimsical and creepy style is the perfect visual companion for Bradbury’s tale about the origins of HalloweenTom Skleton and his friends are all ready to go trick or treating on their favorite night of the year but their friend Pipkin is missing With the help of the strange but friendly Mr Mountshroud the boys will go on a magical adventure through time to better understand the meaning of the customs of Halloween and rescue their friendBradbury's prose is always so lovely light and poetic with just a hint of bittersweetness The boys don't only learn the story behind leaving out treats celebrating the dead or remembering the beliefs of other cultures; they also learn about a few darker truths along the wayGrimly's gorgeously whimsical and creepy art work couldn't have been a perfect complement to the story his adorable jack o lanterns his terrifying Samhaim and his intriguing rendition of Mr Mountshroud bring the words to life brilliantly Without this book Tim Burton would not be Tim Burton nor would Neil Gaiman be Neil Gaiman me thinks A great little Halloween adventure for everyone

  10. says:

    I'll be reading BradburyThe writing in this is phenomenal it's delight to read I'm not sure why but the images in my head when reading this were very Tim Burton esue What are some of his other works that I should check out? Besides Fahreinheit 451 that is