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The Halloween Tree is a 1993 TV movie made by Hanna-Barbera, based on the Ray Bradbury novel of the same name.
A group of trick-or-treaters learn about the origins of Halloween as they go on a quest to rescue the soul of their dying friend.
Contains examples of:
- All Hallow's Eve
- And You Were There: After Pip wakes up alive again, he lets on that he realises the events in his "dream" really happened.
- Becoming the Mask: While no-one actually becomes the monster they dress as, Jenny does get to ride a witch's broom.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Mr. Moundshroud
- Edutainment Show
- The Grim Reaper: Mr. Moundshroud
- Grumpy Old Man: Moundshroud's annoyance at the kids' ignorance of Halloween's origins compels him to bring them along to educate them.
- Heroic Sacrifice: All four friends each give up a whole year from the end of their life to save Pip.
- I Am Spartacus: Tom is the first one to offer a year of his life and his friends follow suit.
- I Wished You Were Dead: Tom feels guilty because he wished something would happen to Pip so he could lead the gang for once.
- Narrator: Ray Bradbury himself.
- Nothing Personal: Moundshroud isn't evil. He's just doing his job.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Joseph "Pip" Pipkin
- Only One Name: Everyone other than Tom Skelton and Joe Pipkin.
- As well as Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud
- Soul Jar: Pumpkins serve this purpose.
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