Originally written as a screenplay for a cartoon that wasn't produced in 1967, Ray Bradbury turned The Halloween Tree into a novel. Through the eyes of a group of kids, in search of their lost friend, the story travels through space and time telling the story behind Halloween. The tree in the title, is used as a metaphor for all the branches of of myth and legend coming together to form the holiday we all know today as Halloween.
In 1992, Bradbury finally wrote and narrated an animated version of the story, produced by Hanna-Barbera for TV. The animation won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in an Animation. The voice of Mr. Moundshround, who guides the kids through their journey, was played by actor Leonard Nimoy.
Weird Retro Fact: Death Is A Lonely Business (1985) by Ray Bradbury a previous Captain's Blog post.