Do you remember in my first fall decorating post here this month I mentioned that I had planned all the details for several Halloween decorating and party themes but abandoned them because they were just tooooo scary? Well, there was one theme that I really liked, and it wasn’t too scary at all.
When I was growing up, there was always a Charlie Brown television special a few nights before a major holiday. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown first aired on CBS October 27, 1966 when I was in elementary school. I always liked those Peanuts gang specials because they were connected to a holiday (often one with a vacation from school!) and the music was catchy.
I think I even liked the plots of the stories as a child, but our children have not been enamored with them at all. They don’t have a nostalgic connection to them, and they say they are depressing. As I have watched them as an adult, I do think that poor old Charlie Brown is bullied by Lucy and some of the others. But…that has not stopped me from using a few of the items and ideas from the Halloween special to decorate our playroom.
I started with the small chalkboard with Linus’ Welcome Great Pumpkin sign along with a number of pumpkins, a jar of Halloween candy, a Charlie Brown dry erase memo head, (available here), and an invitation for Charlie Brown to Violet’s Halloween party. Do you remember that scene?
A big jar of popcorn and a small jar of pumpkin candy was added to the end table for snacking while we watch the movie. (I had to move the wicker chair in order to photograph the chest and chalkboard better.)
On the large chalkboard is Linus’ letter to the Great Pumpkin,
a number of pumpkins (from the pumpkin patch where Linus and Sally waited for the Great Pumpkin)…
and a paper trick-or-treat sack with Charlie Brown’s sad, “I got a rock.”
Did you know that after the first It’s a Great Pumpkin special aired, bags and boxes of candy “just for Charlie Brown” poured into the network, television stations, and to the author? I guess everyone felt sorry that he only got rocks for Halloween!
But there will be no rocks for trick-or-treaters here, nor at our children’s homes. To make sure of this, I have filled orange felt bags with Halloween candy to mail to each of them. It’s not all for them to eat. No, I am sending a note with each of the bags that this is for them to use for trick-or-treaters that visit their apartment. (Of course they can eat the leftovers.)
I made the tags by typing up a simple Happy Halloween message and adding a silhouette of either Snoopy or Charlie Brown to the card.
The bags are currently hanging on the hooks in the hallway where we normally hang bookbags… and stockings at Christmas. I figure if Christmas can take over those hooks in December, then bags of candy can take them over in October.
The last room that we are going to take a peak in today is my workroom, right off the hall with the pumpkin colored bags of candy.
It’s been awhile since we have been in this room. I have painted the wicker chairs red!
There are more pumpkins in this room as well…
and a little Halloween vignette on the cabinet countertop.
I wanted to put a tag on that jar of candy orange slices and call them “pumpkin brains” or something scary like that, but I haven’t had a chance to get that done. (I love that photo of our children as Harry Potter and a very snaggle toothed witch!)
More pumpkins and mums..
And that brings us to the end of the fall tour of the rooms in the house.
But we still have the outside to tour.
Before I run off, I wanted to make sure you knew about the new Peanuts movie that will be out in theaters November 6.
I think something good is finally in store for Charlie Brown and the little red headed girl in this movie.
What do you think?
Until next time…