Did you ever imagine transporting into the Peanuts special to keep Linus company?
Adorable '80s kids discussed how Linus should pass time waiting for the Great Pumpkin.
The Peanuts Halloween special It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown premiered in 1966, and more than 50 years later, kids today are still tuning in to watch Linus wait in the pumpkin patch to meet his hero.
Eighties kids were just as fond as Sixties kids and kids today of this classic TV special, and in 1989, a Tennessee newspaper collaborated with a classroom of third-grade students to find out what kids in the real world would do if they were in Linus’ shoes, passing a night in a pumpkin patch.
Answering a prompt, "What would you do if you were waiting with Linus for the arrival of the Great Pumpkin," kids had some creative responses.
"I would bring a soccer ball and kick it until Linus told me the Great Pumpkin was here," opined one boy named Jeff.
Most kids thought telling ghost stories was the way to go.
"I’d tell ghost stories and make sure the soil was good, and I’d water it, and wait," said a girl named Katherine.
One boy even revealed which ghost story he would tell.
"Tell ghost stories like this one. There was a old lady all skin and stone and bone. She went by the graveyard and she saw a bone lying there – ooohhh! – above the tent. She went to get a broom and she open the door and … BOO!" a boy named Delnar responded.
Some kids admitted they might not have what it takes to wait out the Great Pumpkin, like Jessica, who said she’d lay down in the patch and say, "Wake me up if he comes."
Only one kid confessed that she would be scared if she was in Linus’ shoes.
"I would be very scared, but I’d be as quiet as possible," explained little Holly. "And then I’d lay on my back and stare at the moon, and the moon would stare back. And so would the stars. I wouldn’t hear Linus talk, I was concentrating so hard. Boy, it sure was hard to be so quiet, but I was. I wish I wasn’t scared, but I just plain was!"
What would you do to wait out the Great Pumpkin? Maybe if you watch the Halloween classic this year, you can ask the kids in your audience!