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An animated movie where a group of kids are given the choice to all give a portion of their own lives to save the life of a friend (movie is probably from the 90's)

As far as I remember the movie is a childrens animated movie but with a serious and dark quality. Maybe it is a witch who gives the group of children the possibility to save their friend by all giving a part of their own life. When they agree to do it they are warned that in the future they will miss those years of their life that they gave away.

It is probably from the late 80's or 90's.
asked Feb 24, 2014 in Name That Movie by kris (6 points)

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"The Halloween Tree" (1993 TV movie)

Wikipedia synopsis excerpt:
Moundshroud, holding Pip's pumpkin, tells the children they did not make it in time and Pip is now his property, symbolized by his pumpkin. The children, eager to have their friend back, bargain a year from each of their lives in exchange for Pip's. Moundshroud accepts the deal and takes a sugar-skull with Pip's name on it, breaking it into four pieces, and has each of them eat it to seal the bargain. They are then immediately teleported home and realize that the ordeal took all night, but was not a dream at all as they first started to suspect.

Here's a clip from the movie:
answered Feb 24, 2014 by MystMoonstruck (10,229 points)
selected Feb 25, 2014 by kris
Hi MystMoonstruck, thank you so much for taking your time to answer! This film has been on my mind now and again for many years and I was never able to find it.

From watching clips on Youtube and reading the description I think this must be the one. Now I am looking forward to watch it. Thank you!
You're welcome! I couldn't find the movie on YouTube though I've watched it there before. I'm sure that it would be readily available, as it remains a seasonal favorite.