Great_pumpkin_charlie_brown_title_cardOf all the Halloween traditions that have been interred in the last 50 or so years, the yearly broadcast of the classic Peanuts special It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is pretty much synonymous with Halloween for a few generations at the very least.

Every year, there were three things that I looked forward to on Halloween: Costumes, trick-or-treating, and watching It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Since 1966, this prime time special has been entertaining children and adults with the (mis)adventures of Charlie Brown and his band of mates on the night of Halloween.

By now, everyone knows the story by heart: Linus’ earnest belief in the existence of The Great Pumpkin is continually laughed at by everyone, but he carries on by waiting patiently in the local pumpkin patch for him (it?) to rise. Meanwhile, Charlie Brown cuts too many eyeholes in his ghost costume, which may have inadvertently been the reason why he got nothing but rocks while trick-or-treating. And Snoopy has a grand time with his fantasy role-playing as the World War I Flying Ace, against the pesky Red Baron…which somehow ends up scaring the earwax out of Linus and Sally in the pumpkin patch.

If you haven’t seen It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, I would first like to ask what it was like to survive in that cave on Mars all of these years. And then secondly, I would strongly urge you to stop reading this and go watch it right now. And don’t give me any of that “It’s a kid’s cartoon” crap, either. The Great Pumpkin can only be appeased by watching this Halloween special once a year, or by a virgin sacrifice. This way is a lot easier, trust me.

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