children's ghost story - going to a party in a big house
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I read this story in a collection, but can't place it. I had thought perhaps in "Alfred Hitchcock's Ghostly Gallery" or "Alfred Hitchcock's Haunted Houseful" but can't verify.
I semi-recall another story that I think was in this collection (how many more vagaries can I include?) -- it somehow reminded me of the characters from The Wind in the Willows but involved, again, something spooky and out-of-character.
The Halloween Tree from Ray Bradbury?
Eight boys set out on a Halloween night and are led into the depths of the past by a tall, mysterious character named Moundshroud. They ride on a black wind to autumn scenes in distant lands and times, where they witness other ways of celebrating this holiday about the dark time of year. Bradbury's lyrical prose whooshes along with the pell-mell rhythms of children running at night, screaming and laughing, and the reader is carried along by its sheer exuberance.(from amazon)
I'll check it out.