There must have been a thousand pumpkins on this tree, hung high and
on every branch. A thousand smiles. A thousand grimaces. And
twice-times-a-thousand glares and winks and blinks and leerings of
And as the boys watched, a new thing happened.
The pumpkins began to come alive.
One by one, starting at the bottom of the Tree and the nearest
pumpkins, candles took fire within the raw interiors. This one and
then that and this and then still another, and on up and around,
three pumpkins here, seven pumpkins still higher, a dozen clustered
beyond, a hundred, five hundred, a thousand pumpkins lit their
candles, which is to say brightened up their faces, showed fire in
their square or round or curiously slanted eyes. Flame guttered in
their toothed mouths. Sparks leaped out their ripe-cut ears.
The Halloween Tree
by Ray Bradbury
I was all set to write about how I first stumbled across The Halloween Tree as a kid but then I realized—I already have!
And even quoted that book.
And even referenced
it twice more.
One of the problems I have with blogging for (almost) nineteen years—I've probably already blogged about it.
Happy Hallowe'en everybody!
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