When we grow up, we tie some of the things we experience together; associations. Things that will forever remind us of other things later. They’re little peanut butter and jelly sandwiches of the heart.
For me, the peanut butter I’m talking about is Halloween and the jelly is It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.
When I grew up and saw Charlie Brown again through adult eyes, I was astonished.
As a kid I loved it, but it took me growing up to realize how deep the undercurrents were and how advanced the vocabulary was; monologues that should have had a kid yawning convulsively in fit of twitchy boredom.
I could now see how these “cartoons” were dramatizing emotions and life dynamics so universal that they were as real to a child as they are to an adult. Neat trick. Crashed my hard drive with genius overload.
I’m not sure what children’s entertainment – books, shows, music, movies, PEZ dispensers – my kids or future kids will associate with their Halloween. But I do know… it will suck! Hah! For all the amazing opportunities and things kids have access to in the world today, I can say smugly that I think I enjoyed better PB&Js of the heart when it came to Halloween.
You’re a good man, Charlie Brown.
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Some more holiday related blarg from Charlie and Andy.
Tranquoo Child Anti-Wakefulness System
You’re going to want to sign a petition for the legal manufacture of this product concept. Especially once they’re hopped up on Halloween candy.