Happy 50th Peanuts & The Great Pumpkin

October 18, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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I personally could not let this important anniversary and event pass by without acknowledging that 2016 is the 50th-anniversary of “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”. As many of you know I love the whole Peanuts gang, that was my thing as a kid and my family has collected all things Charlie Brown and Snoopy over the years, especially where the holidays are concerned. “Great Pumpkin” was ordered after the success of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” in December of 1965, work began immediately and just like the Christmas special “Great Pumpkin” was met with great reviews and strong numbers as far as people watching, more importantly, though “Great Pumpkin” gathered millions of fans together to watch as Linus clings to his sincere belief in the Great Pumpkin despite the mythical being never appearing. “Great Pumpkin” is a great way to peek back in time and see how things were in 1966 when children gathered and went trick-or-treating without the aid of adults. When a great costume consisted of a sheet over your head with eyeholes and maybe a mask or hat and of course who can ever forget the sad line, “I got a rock”? I hope tomorrow night you will take some time and sit down, whether you have kids or not, and watch “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and enjoy a holiday classic that’s filled with a wonderful message, colors, and music. It’s on at 8 o’clock in the east, 7 central. In the meantime, here’s a look at “Great Pumpkin” and some of the wonderful things it’s inspired over the last fifty years, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Don’t you love good lawn decorations? These are great! (via)

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I would say yes to this cake anytime of the year. (via)

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Linus’ impassioned plea to the Great Pumpkin for a visit. (via)

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“Each year the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere” (via)

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My favorite Jack O’Lantern. (via)

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An advertisement from the early years. (via)

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I have to do this some year. (via)

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Pumpkins and gourds painted to look like Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus and Lucy as the witch. (via)

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The other kids try to get Sally to leave the pumpkin patch and join them for Trick-or-Treating, much to her disappointment she chooses Linus and the pumpkins. (via)

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What better way to show your support than wearing it. (via)

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Perhaps there is no better year or time for this quote from Linus Van Pelt than now. (via)

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