Let me start by saying I don’t feel qualified to review a classic. Especially on a book I didn’t absolutely love. I am new to the reviewing games so I am still learning.
The Halloween Tree is a quintessential Halloween story. When I asked for recommendations for books for Halloween countless people said to check out this story. This book follows eight trick-or-treaters that visit a haunted house. Their friend Pipkin is snatched away and only the man in the house can help. Mounshroud takes them back in time to unlock the history of Halloween night.
The book started off great. The descriptive images and words brought back the feeling of mystery that Halloween always brought as a kid. The moment before the night begins it feels like anything can happen.
Halfway through the book I started to lose interest. The descriptions of the past felt rushed and muddled. The history of Halloween is the main reason I wanted to pick up the book. Sadly, we only got a quick glimpse of each.
The section about Dia de Muertos saved it. Otherwise, I’m not sure I would have finished it. Bradbury took more time describing this holiday. I almost felt like I was there. The ending was heartwarming and satisfying. It wrapped the story up with a moral and I discovered Mounshroud and the nights of the dead represented more than a fun Halloween romp. I won’t go too far into it because I don’t want to spoil the story.
All in all, it was a quick read. It would be perfect for kids this time of year. It was spooky and fun.