author: Ray Bradbury
title: The Halloween Tree
publication date: January 1st, 1972
A fast-moving, eerie… tale 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. After witnessing a funeral procession in ancient Egypt, cavemen discovering fire, Druid rites, the persecution of witches in the Dark Ages, and the gargoyles of Notre Dame, they catch up with the elusive Pipkin in the catacombs of Mexico, where each boy gives one year from the end of his life to save Pipkin’s.
After seeing this one on Instagram I know I had to get it to read it just in time for Halloween. Even though I had to get used to the language first I thought it was a fun and quirky read for Halloween. After I saw the cover I thought that this might be a very scary and creepy Halloween story but as soon as I read a couple of pages I realized that the story isn’t creepy at all but cute and a lot of fun.
After I’ve read a couple of pages and the first few chapters I started to enjoy the book. The story was set up in such an atmospheric way and the boys dressed in their costumes preparing themselves for a night of tricks and treats totally made me want to save this book for Halloween Day, but since I won’t have time to read on Halloween I decided to finish it a couple of days before Halloween, which is almost the same.
After meeting at the hounted house outside of town, the boys realize that one of their friends, Pipkin, is in danger; was kidnapped by a dark Something. In order to save him, they have to travel back in time with the frightfully Mr. Moundshroud. This is where the journey begins and where the reader learns about Halloween through ages and across the continents. Reading the book it reminded me so much of A Christmas Carol sometimes which made me feel a little nostalgic, since A Christmas Carol is one of my favorite books ever.
The idea of making the boys travel back in time to find out more about Halloween and the night of the dead was really cute and interesting but at this point I did loose a bit of interest in the story, since there were too much information thrown at me. I wanted to enjoy the story, the places, the history the book tells about but before I was even able to sit back and relax it was over already and rushed on to the next. The whole story was going way to fast, which isn’t much of a surprise concerning that the book is only like 130 pages long.
I’m really sad that I wasn’t able to get right into the story since I was hoping this book to be my number one Halloween read ever. I was a little bit disappointed I have to admit since I expected so much more from this book; a wild adventure through different times and countries. But I’m glad that I read the book and even though I didn’t quite like it as much as I thought I would it was a really cute read and alone the cover makes it worth to buy this wonderful book.