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My absolute favorite book
about Halloween is Ray Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree. I have always loved
Halloween and from my first exposure to fellow Richmonder, Edgar Allen Poe, I
have always been drawn to tales of the supernatural. This book combines both
elements as seven boys race through time and space to save the life of their
very ill friend. In the course of their adventures with the mysterious Moundshroud,
they learn the very roots of the Halloween celebration – past the original
Hallowed ‘eve of the Catholic church, past the Mexican Dia del Muerta, past the
Celtic New Year, past even the Roman fall festivals, all the way back to
ancient Egypt and beyond. This is that rare blend of cultural and historical
facts woven seamlessly with excellent story telling. This book precisely
captures the mood of my favorite part of my favorite season.