Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Halloween Tree

Purchase from Barnes & Noble
A fine tale for upcoming October nights is The Halloween Tree, by Ray Bradbury.

A group of eight boys set out to go trick-or-treating on Halloween, only to discover that a ninth friend, Pipkin, has been whisked away on a journey that could determine whether he lives or dies. Through the help of a mysterious character named Moundshroud, they pursue their friend across time and space through ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman cultures, Celtic Druidism, Notre Dame Cathedral in Medieval Paris, and The Day of the Dead in Mexico. Along the way, they learn the origins of the holiday that they celebrate, and the role that the fear of death has played in shaping civilization.

The story was made into an animated film in 1993.

Ray Bradbury's original painting for his classic book.

No comments: