ABC recently aired the annual Halloween special, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. A bonus cartoon about a school election came after it, in part because it furthered the Great Pumpkin mythology. There’s something in it for everyone: seeing Lucy in a witch mask, Linus and Sally waiting for the Great Pumpkin or maybe just Charlie Brown’s iconic line, “I got a rock.”
Kids used to collect pet rocks, so maybe it’s one of those “aluminum Christmas tree” things going on, but it regardless painted Charlie as a classic down-on-his-luck everyman that is deep down inside all of us. Twitter sprouted out in nostalgia over the airing with the #GreatPumpkin hashtag. We even got posts from accounts officially associated with the Peanuts, like the comic strip that started it all! One can only wonder what will happen when it’s time for the Christmas special?