Every year about this time, I wax rhapsodic about the brilliance that is It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Sure, you could buy it on DVD and watch it any time; heck, it’s probably even out there on YouTube. And yes, kids’ animated shows today are much more sophisticated. I know all of that. I get it.
Still, The Great Pumpkin is an American institution. I watched it every year, and so help me, my kids are going to watch it and appreciate it, too. Or I’ll start telling them all about how hard life was back then in the olden days, when I had to go out trick-or-treating in a cardboard box. (True story.) Which is why we’ll be tuning in tonight at 8:00 p.m. on ABC.
[Basically, if my kids don't instantly know what I'm talking about when I look inside a bag and say "I got a rock," I feel that I have failed as a mother. I'm just sayin'.]
Of course, there are other institutions when it comes to Halloween specials and television, I suppose. Wired’s Geekdad discusses his top five—including The Great Pumpkin—and mentions that the Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror specials “changed the game.”
Which brings me to only the most awesome new ever: Best Week Ever tells us that this year’s Treehouse of Horror episode includes a Mad Men opening credits montage (see the BWE post for more screen caps like the one above). I can’t wait! (Technically, though, I’ll have to wait—the Simpsons special won’t air until next week, after Halloween.)
These are the things I look forward to about Halloween. Almost more than mini Twix bars, in fact.