Thursday, October 27, 2011

Great Pumpkin Time

"Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch he thinks is most sincere...I don't see how a pumpkin patch could be more sincere that this one. You can look around and there's not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see." -- Linus Van Pelt

Sincerely, I wouldn't miss a date with Linus when Halloween rolls around -- It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! airs tonight on ABC and I will be curled up in front of the TV with a giant bowl of popcorn and candy corn (seriously, great together -- it's that salt/sweet thing!) as sure as the Great Pumpkin will rise out of the pumpkin patch. It's one of my favorite Halloween traditions.

Another favorite tradition is all the great pumpkins that pop up in our neighborhood. Each year, the local preschools deliver these masterpieces made by the kids for all the businesses to hang in their windows.

Each morning, when I drive down our main street toward my office downtown, I catch sight of them out my car windows and their bright orange faces can't help but make me smile!

 This one popped up at the bank:

This one's just hanging out at Red Ticking...

But this one, hanging in the prime Starbucks window space, has to be my favorite -- it's by Cole, one of our most talented local artists.

You can't get much more sincere than that! The Great Pumpkin is definitely going to pick our neighborhood this year, for sure!

Any favorite Halloween traditions for you and your ghosts and goblins?


  1. i will be cozy on the sofa while watching charlie...

    and i vote for cole's pumpkin... i just wish i would have known... i would have requested his pumpkin at the ticking... adorable...

    had so much fun last night... put your thinking cap on and we will discuss further when you return...
    safe travels... and enjoy! xo

  2. My little pumpkin (the youngest, not the eldest who is 13 and too cool for Charlie Brown) will be watching tonight! Still trying to talk him out of wearing his Jack Skellington (another favorite around here) head to bed. These sincere and honest pumpkins made my day!

  3. I'm so glad that you mentioned little ones don't get to watch tv during the week, but I'll make an exception tonight for this!!!

    Love those adorable pumpkins and appreciate towns that embrace the charm of children's artwork. Our town has a Halloween Window Painting day on a Sunday, where the main street is closed down and the children, in pairs, paint a specific space on the store windows. I grew up in a large city, so I love this aspect of living in a small town.

    Happy Halloween, Jeanne!!!!
    xoxo Elizabeth

  4. Cole is very honored, and sincerely befuddled, at being featured today! I quote: "But HOW did Auntie Jeanne get MY pumpkin in her computer?!" He asked to drive by Starbucks this morning on the way to school to ensure that the real thing was still hanging safely in its proper spot. :)

    The chill in the air, the leaves flying, and the candy corn scattered at our house have us all ready for the Big Day. We've driven the neighborhood looking at all the good decorations and the kids are already plotting which street to start on, come Monday night. Hopefully no 'breaking and entering' this year with the 3 year old.... you may recall he was a little hasty last year in opening doors to homes rather than waiting for them to open it up to HIM for trick or treating! :)

  5. oh what a good eye ~ love those paper pumpkins! And thank you for publishing that great quote from Linus!

    Are you getting ready to go?? Have a great trip!



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