The Great Pumpkin

National [ick] Candy Corn Day yesterday, and now Halloween is upon us. Linus awaits the Great Pumpkin:


From Wikipedia:

The Great Pumpkin is a unseen character in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz.

The Great Pumpkin is a holiday figure (comparable to Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny) in whom only Linus van Pelt seems to believe. Every year, Linus sits in a pumpkin patch on Halloween night waiting for the Great Pumpkin to appear. Invariably, the Great Pumpkin fails to turn up, and a humiliated but undefeated Linus vows to wait for him again the following Halloween.

… The best-known quote regarding Linus and the Great Pumpkin, originally from the comic strip but made famous by the TV special, is: “There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.”

Linus abjectly humiliated, with his sister Lucy rubbing it in:


Meanwhile, Snoopy frets about the food.

— “The fingers reach toward an unresponsive God” (Charles Bukowski, Dinosauria, We — a very dark and harsh poem, drastically darker than Peanuts)

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