As a young child, I always looked forward to the annual showing of animated holiday classics like It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. This classic production, featuring the Peanuts Gang, debuted in 1966 and has aired annually for nearly 55 years.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is the first animated Peanuts special to include the iconic football-snatching gag from the comic strip. Why does Charlie Brown run toward that ball when he knows it will probably end badly for him? “… He needs to believe in this victory,” according to an Oct. 15th post on Vox Culture. Even though Charlie Brown knows he isn't likely to achieve victory, he keeps trying.
Isn’t that really a great message for children and adults alike? Unless we believe we can make a difference in this world – or at least in one person’s life – there really isn’t any reason to get out of bed!
Another Peanuts character who needs to believe in something “larger than life” is Linus, who faithfully sits in a pumpkin patch every Halloween to greet the Great Pumpkin. He believes The Great Pumpkin will bring presents to all the good children across the world. Although the rest of the gang thinks he’s crazy, Linus continues to believe in The Great Pumpkin.
It may not be The Great Pumpkin that Linus was waiting for, but you can snap a selfie or take a memorable photo of your kids in front of our giant pumpkin at Enchanted Acres. You can also join us for this week’s Books in the Barn event at 1 p.m. on Thursday or Friday or 10 a.m. on Saturday. This week’s theme is “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” I’ll read that book and help preschoolers make a pumpkin-themed craft. You can bet the snack I serve will be pumpkin-themed, as well. :)
You can share the fun at home, too. Cue the Peanuts Gang theme song now… and fill your house with the sounds and smells of the Halloween holiday! To help you get started, I’m sharing a recipe for Fall Snack Mix. After all, what’s not to love about a snack with M&Ms and candy pumpkins?
In a large greased roasting pan, combine the popcorn, cereal and peanuts.
In a large saucepan, combine: brown sugar, corn syrup and butter. Then bring to a rolling boil for 6 minutes, stirring often.
Remove from the heat; quickly stir in vanilla & baking soda until mixture is light and foamy.
Immediately pour over mixture. Toss to coat. Bake, uncovered at 250° for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
Cool completely. Stir in candy pumpkins & M&M's. Store in Tupperware to keep fresh!
COOK’S TIP: This recipe makes about 20 cups. I made a double batch and kept it fresh in the NEW Red Giant Tupperware Canister. If you’d like one of your own – or any other Tupperware products – you’re invited to Shannon’s Fabulous Fall Tupperware Party.
“Party in the Patch” with us on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m. inside The Market at Enchanted Acres. You may also shop online and 10% of the proceeds will go toward her Girl Scout Troop’s trip to Savannah: http://www.tupperware.com/?party=5608971210aa256810252a89