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The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury (Review)



“Adventure, mystery and history are all wrapped into this eerie Halloween story about eight costumed boys who are whisked away on a kite through time and space to search for the meaning of Halloween.”


Something you should know about me, I am slightly in love with Ray Bradbury. Him and HG Wells are my science fiction crushes. So when I discovered Bradbury wrote a book about my all time favourite holiday, Halloween, I just had to read it. So to get myself in the Halloween holiday spirit I decided to crack this open a few months early.

The Halloween Tree is a short novel about a group of boys who explore a creepy house on Halloween night and befriend a dark entity that shows them the true meaning of Halloween. Not only is it a dark read that is full of the Halloween vibe, it is also interesting and educational. The boys are transported through time and around the world to witness Halloween throughout the centuries and its different meanings to different cultures. It isn’t too scary so this would be a great Halloween read for all ages.

It is hard to put my finger on what I loved the most about this book. It is simply dripping with Halloween imagery and atmosphere. It will definitely do the trick if you want to get in a Halloween mood. I also loved the educational aspect of it. I already knew a lot about the history of Halloween, but this book even had a few things that I didn’t know. I knew it was a celebration that dated back thousands of years but I didn’t know exactly how far.

If you are looking for a good book to read to children during October, or just want a little bit of Halloween you can read quickly all year around I suggest picking up a copy of this book. Best of all, most copies are illustrated, so you could have some pretty Halloween artwork to look forward to.


4 star copy

4 out of 5 Skulls


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