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3 Life Lessons to Learn From the Peanuts Halloween Special

Updated on March 9, 2020
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Tim is a local educator who earned his Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Albright College in Reading, PA. He is an avid writer and artist.

Charlie Brown and the Halloween special

I watched "It;s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" the other night. I hadn't seen the animated special in a number of years. As I watched Charlie and the gang go about their chore of trying to get their candy and waiting for the Great Pumpkin I discovered buried deep within the simple plot some truths of this life. Here they are.


I believe
There is a lot more
to this life here
Then what your eyes
can truly see

Linus And Why Waiting Is Not A Bad Thing

Linus unlike some of the other Peanut;s gang seems to be a visionary. He has strong opinions and big ideas about life and all that it entails. He sees the bigger picture. He is usually the voice of wisdom to Charlie Brown and all the others. So while the other kids are out seeking bags full of candy Linus is waiting in a pumpkin patch for the Great Pumpkin.

The lessons to be learned from Linus are two fold. The first is this instant gratification is fleeting. We all want what we want as quickly as possible. This is otherwise known as instant gratification. That is why we have fast food restaurants and instant downloads.

Linus on the other hand is not looking for instant gratification. He wants the bigger prize which comes when the Great Pumpkin arrives. He is willing to wait and see what The Great Pumpkin brings. The lesson learned is this don't be so quick to get, enjoy what you have and wait for what is to come next.

The second lesson to be learned from Linus is tied into the first. While it is best to stay away from things which offer us instant gratification Linus forgot one thing. Waiting for what good you perceive to be coming can be very excruciating especially when it does not come in your timeline. Patience they say is a virtue. This is because patience takes a lot of work.


I believe
Life is not what
You make of it
Life is what it is
Meant to become

Charlie Brown and Wanting to Belong

Charlie Brown is what my friends and I used to call a sad sack. The Urban Dictionary defines a sad sack as, "An individual whose very presence lowers the tone in the room." Charlie Brown always seems to be the person who brings the mood in the room down a notch.

Charlie Brown for all his supposed failings just wants to be one of the popular people. Sadly, whether is in in getting rocks when out with gang Tricks or Treating or longingly gazing into the mail box looking for a Valentine, it just never works out well for him

What can be learned from Charlie Brown? A couple of things. One no matter what happens in life always have the attitude things will get better. Charlie Brown is always has the attitude no matter what befalls him now it will be okay. Tomorrow is another chance to try. . The second, never quit. Charlie Brown never quits. Even when the gang is on him about some shortcoming he gets up dusts himself off and moves on.

The rest of the gang, Life is for Living.

While Linus and Sally are waiting for the Great Pumpkin the rest of the gang is enjoying a festive night of seeking out candy, having a good time at a Halloween party as they use Charlie Brown as a model for their Jack O Lantern.

The obvious lesson here is not wrapped in some metaphor or hidden in between a couple of lines or moments in time. The message which jumped out at me from the Halloween special was this, enjoy all those special moments which pop up in your life because they are what makes life just that life.

Final thoughts

These are only 3 of the things I learned while watching It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. I have discovered in all my years of walking this earth there are lessons to be learned in everything we see and do you just have to keep looking which at times may be harder than others.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Timothy Whitt


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    • whittwrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Timothy Whitt 

      8 years ago from New Jersey


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      Nikki Major 

      8 years ago


    • whittwrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Timothy Whitt 

      8 years ago from New Jersey

      Thanks again fore reading my words

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      8 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Bravo my friend. I share in your beliefs. Awesome message here.

      Thanks for sharing this.

      Voting up.


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