My favorite character from the film is Linus. He makes absolutely no sense at times, but somehow has the best insights. He sees the Great Pumpkin like most people see Santa Claus, coming to give presents to sincere boys and girls who wait in the pumpkin patch. The thing I love about Linus is that people mocking him or telling him how stupid he is acting do not affect him in the least bit. He is going to stay in the pumpkin patch for as long as it takes for the Great Pumpkin to show up.
Now that I am older, Linus is just a reminder to hold out hope for the things I believe and want. The hopes and dreams might not always work out or “show up,” but you have to hold out hope to make it all worthwhile. Without the effort to hope, none of it really matters. That is the beauty of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown; the older I get, and based on the experiences I am going through, this short film has a different and fresh perspective.
Halloween is an amazing time of year; there is candy, the beautiful fall weather, creative costumes, and Charlie Brown. Halloween is an evolving holiday: as kids there is the excitement of going door to door with friends getting candy; in the teenage and college years it becomes a huge party; and in the middle-age years it becomes a time of reflection as you walk door to door with your own kids. Halloween comes full circle every year, and that is part of the magic.