The Great Pumpkin Revisited

featuring horror and SF by Barbara Custer

Last year I gave a little history on the pumpkin and why it was so crucial to Halloween. This year I’m focusing on the Great Pumpkin that Peanuts character Linus reveres. To make things clear: 95% of me doesn’t believe the Great Pumpkin exists, but five percent suspects there might be an acorn of truth behind it, for the pumpkin fever is on me. But my version of the Great Pumpkin doesn’t fly around a pumpkin patch the way Linus’s version does. Instead, my Great Pumpkin flies into supermarkets in the form of a Mylar pumpkin. I have two small pumpkin balloons, but to get the Great Pumpkin, I’ve got to pay my dues.

Last October, I made pumpkin muffins, cooked pasta with pumpkin sauce, and drank pumpkin coffee every day. What’s more, I visited Wawa for pumpkin shakes. I kept this up for a while, but about halfway through October, I complained about having to eat so much pumpkin. My whining didn’t sit well with the Great Pumpkin, and while I had a lot of balloons, none of them qualified as the Great Pumpkin. For him to come, you’ve got to be sincere.

This year, it’s going to be pumpkin cupcakes and cookies, along with pumpkin flavoring in the coffee. I’ve started the ball rolling with pumpkin lattes at Starbucks, and I will frequent the Wawa as well. Since I’m newly retired from the day job, I’ve got no excuse, and I will stow my complaints.

The following blogs will feature my adventure at Atlantic City; a discussion with issues I’ve had writing, a short story. So while you’ll enjoy, I’ll head to the Mylar balloon aisle at all the supermarkets and keep my eyes open for the Great Pumpkin.

I will be sending a $10 Amazon gift card to a random commenter.


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About Barbara Custer

Author of: Twilight Healer Steel Rose Life Raft: Earth City of Brotherly Death Close Liaisons Infinite Sight When Blood Reigns Infinite Sight Publisher / Editor of Night to Dawn Books & Magazine
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12 Comments

  1. Good luck with your pumpkins including your floating ones. Halloween hasn’t caught on all that well in Australia. Last year our TV stations didn’t put on one single horror movie to mark the occasion. I though that weak. Even tossing us the Addams Family movies would have been okay. But we do have some Halloween costumes in some shops so not a complete waste. Some schools go all out.

  2. I can never get enough pumpkin this time of year. Great start to the hop!

  3. This is such a cute idea. Good luck! I hope he finds you this year.

  4. Pumpkin everything, yay! Love the Great Pumpkin! Hopping on by!

  5. Love this post. As a kid, I never missed watching The Great Pumpkin. I got so excited as if each year was the first time I’d seen it. Good luck on your quest for the Great Pumpkin – it sounds delicious 🙂

  6. A delightful post. I wish you luck with the Great Pumpkin.

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