It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is everything I wanted fall to be about when I was kid.
Growing up in Florida, the fall season meant cooler temps and really getting to enjoy playing outside. I was fortunate enough to grow up in a neighborhood where I had a lot of kids my age as neighbors; riding our bikes, making secret forts, and playing kickball always became so much more fun in the fall.
Not to mention, fall meant one thing: holidays. October reigned supreme for me as a kid especially because not only did it mean Halloween, but it also meant a Halloween-themed birthday party. My family pulled out all the stops each year converting our garage into a haunted house, the front yard into a graveyard and even making a hay ride out of the tractor-trailer for trick-or-treating. And let me tell you, I was a two-pillowcase-kid when it came to getting Halloween candy. The best part was comparing your candy stash at the end of the night, swapping what you didn’t like and fortunately not getting any rocks like Charlie Brown. The nostalgia that I feel from watching It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown brings up all these small town memories of creating your own costume and prowling the streets at dusk.
Even though it aired 50 years ago, Charlie Brown and the whole Peanuts gang are an example (and a reminder) of being curious, intellectual, and creative children. Believing in the magic of the holidays, whether it’s in the mythical Great Pumpkin, the excitement of going to Halloween parties, or just enjoying hordes of Halloween candy until you pass out, is what makes this short film worth watching every year. I’m certainly ready to carve a pumpkin.
Haven’t seen It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown? Watch the 25 minute film right here: