It’s easy to love Halloween, especially as a kid, but there are only so many times anyone can sit through It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown to get into the mood. There are a lot of other options out there, and recent years have treated fans of pseudo-spooky clever cartoons to some great stories. There is one I remember fondly as a kid though, a piece of animation that always sent a chill down my spine and put a smile on my face when I watched it. The themes and imagery held my attention while feeling like an important adventure of epic proportions, but no one seems to remember it. I myself had even forgotten the name for quite some time, almost making me wonder if I had imagined it all. Working in a bookstore has its advantages though, as I stumbled across a small novel from one of the masters, Ray Bradbury, his tribute to the history and spirit of Samhain—The Halloween Tree.