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Great Pumpkin tradition

It’s good advice, after all – never jump into a pile of leaves with a wet sucker.

And, as Linus Van Pelt will tell you, there are three things you should reframe from discussing with people: religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin.

The Charles Schultz sage quipped these words of wisdom in the Halloween classic – “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” In addition, the cartoon about a little boy awaiting the Halloween version of Santa Claus has since gone down in history.

I have never been into horror flicks. However, the annual tradition in my family is to watch “The Great Pumpkin” each year – although it doesn’t matter if it is Halloween or Christmas. We have it on DVD.

In fact, I like it so much, I’m dressing our youngest, Jordie, as Linus with his blue blanket, creating a pumpkin patch in her wagon for her to sit in.

Therefore, if you are like me and not wanting to Netflix anything dealing with Jason and Freddie, there are plenty of good, less-frightening and more fun shows to watch once the trick or treating concludes tonight. Here are some of your favorites (and mine) from Facebook

  1. It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown – It can’t be Halloween without plopping this 45-year-old Peanuts show in the DVD player at least once, or twice. Nor is it a tour of the Kansas State Fair complete without peeking at the year’s Great Pumpkin.
  2. Hocus Pocus – Probably the most favorite show, it’s about three scheming sister witches who have been resurrected by a teenager on Halloween 300 years after their hanging. Moreover, they want to be immortal.
  3. Nightmare Before Christmas. It’s a ghoulish tale that could rate as a good family Christmas show, as well. Tim Burton’s animated show tells of how the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town falls in love with the idea of Christmas and tries to recreate it in his own town.
  4. Beetlejuice – A ghost couple tries to chase away the new family who has moved into the home they inhabit. Of course, things don’t go as planned with Beetlejuice gets involved.
  5. Halloweentown – Never seen it, but the synopsis is a loveable grandmother who really is a witch and her daughter and grandchildren all have magical powers. Of course, trouble ensues when the grandmother conjures up her daughter’s old beau, who has a nasty habit of transforming children into zombies.
  6. The Burbs: Staring Tom Hanks, it is about a suburban couple who are suspicious of their new neighbors. They begin witnessing bizarre behavior, including digging in the backyard with pick-axes during a rainstorm. There are plenty of misadventures in hope of getting the goods on the newcomers.
  7. Ghostbusters – A classic from the 1980s –three guys who start a ghost-nabbing business, and, of course, they aren’t afraid of ghosts.
  8. Monsters, Inc. – There is nothing scary about this children’s movie despite the fact that it’s about monsters that generate their city’s power by scaring children. However, they are terribly afraid themselves of being contaminated by children and when one enters Monstropolis, monster Sulley finds his world disrupted.
  9. Corpse Bride – I haven’t watched this one, either, but it’s another Tim Burton film. When a shy groom who practices his wedding vows in the presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave and thinks she married to him.
  10. Gremlins – A boy unintentionally breaks three important rules concerning his new pet. He unleashes a pack of nastily naughty monsters on a small town.

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    Jordie is Linus for Halloween. Brett is a rodeo clown and Kaci is, yes, Santa.

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