The Halloween Tree by Ray BradburyThe Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

The Halloween Tree

byRay BradburyIllustratorJoseph Mugnaini

Paperback | September 15, 1999

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"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. Enhanced by appropriately haunting black-and-white drawings."--Booklist
Ray Bradbury lives in Los Angeles.Joseph Mugnaini lives in California.
Title:The Halloween TreeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7.56 × 5.25 × 0.37 inPublished:September 15, 1999Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375803017

ISBN - 13:9780375803017

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent Probably my least favourite book by Ray Bradbury, a bit boring at times. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All things Bradbury Fantastic book, love the story of the origins of Halloween. Wish he had done one for Christmas as well ;)
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great educational book for young readers While I like the movie more, the book does provide a few more historical lessons on the history of Halloween than the movie. Bit odd that Bradbury not only chose to make his original story about 8 boys, but in the beginning stressed it was mostly boys in the town, but it was written a long time ago. Aside from that, it's a great story for the kids.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Ray Bradbury This is a short book, thank goodness, because I couldn't put it down. Don't know how I missed reading this gem up to now, but glad I have now experienced this tale of Halloween Night.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Uniquely different This is different from a lot of Bradbury's work, while still feeling like his work. This shows the range he was capable of, for fans that just read a couple of his sci-fi standards.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this I bought this a month ago and I'm so happy I did.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Read A fun and quick Halloween read! I enjoyed this little book and really enjoy Bradbury’s style. I can see so much of Neil Gaiman in this book – magical realism with a lot of heart. It’s always awesome to read the books that influenced current writers, and I look forward to continuing through Bradbury’s work.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A worthy book, but not his best. I love Bradbury, and his prose is always extremely poetic, but for some reason this book felt to me as either a short story stretched too long, or a novel that just would not grow to maturity. It is still a fun read, but it should not be your first taste of Bradbury's writing.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wondeful classic The Halloween Tree is a must-read for lovers of Halloween everywhere. It is a pretty quick read but full of enjoyable stories about the roots of Halloween. Perfect way to get into the Halloweeny mood. I'm not sure about facts and wouldn't trust it as a verified source of Halloween history, but I think especially children will appreciate it.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SWEEEEET! hell of a book i want to buy it but its not in any stores love the movie too.
Date published: 2006-02-07

From Our Editors

Set on the night of Halloween, this story follows eight boys in costumes as they journey into a haunted house. The Halloween Tree sees them go back in time to discover the real meaning of the holiday. When it comes to saving their friend, Pipkin, each boy much give up one year from the end of his life. Black-and-white drawings enhance the scary feel of this haunted adventure!

Editorial Reviews

"If you want to know what Halloween is, or if you simply want an eerie adventure, take this mystery-history trip. You couldn't have a better guide than Ray Bradbury."--Boston Globe