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The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
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Oct 22, 2009

really liked it
Read in October, 2009

Eight boys go out on Halloween night, but they are missing their friend Pipkin. Not contented with just getting candy, they decide to go to a real haunted house. There they meet a strange, skeletal man called Mr. Moundshroud underneath the Halloween Tree. He tells the boys that they know nothing of the true meaning of Halloween, and he would like to teach them. Mr. Moundshroud also informs them that Death has "borrowed" their friend Pipkin and they must travel to the Undiscovered Country to save him.

The boys and Mr. Moundshroud travel through time to see how different people have celebrated Halloween: the Egyptians, the English pagans, the European witches, the French gargoyles of Notre Dame and the Mexican Day of the Dead. In each place, they learn more about the history of Halloween and various celebrations for the dead. All along the way, they are searching for Pipkin and trying to save him.

The book is actually very informative on the Halloween practices through the ages. The additional story of Pipkin's disappearance and the boys' dedication to their friend adds yet another interesting dimension to the story. The Halloween Tree is a great way to get in the mood for Halloween.

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