Great Pumpkin Movie

‘Spooktacular’ October comes to an official end in Many on Saturday, Oct. 29 with Trick or Treating with the merchants on San Antonio from 3-5 p.m., Trick or Treating in the neighborhoods of Many from 5-7 p.m. and a big Trick or Treat Party  and  Halloween movie at the Many Community Center that begins at 7 p.m.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charley Brown  movie is a classic Halloween movie that will delight the children and the rest of the family.  

Lucy and Linus visit the pumpkin patch to find a pumpkin. Lucy selects the largest they can find, and makes Linus carry it back to the house. He becomes upset when Lucy starts cutting it to make a jack o lantern. After the opening titles, Snoopy helps Charlie Brown finish raking a pile of leaves. Linus jumps into the heap with a large lollipop, resulting in leaves sticking to his face and lollipop. 

Linus is writing his yearly letter to the Great Pumpkin,  and he insists that it will bring him presents despite disbelief of the other kids. Lucy follows Linus as he goes out to mail the letter, refusing to even help him and thus, leaving him to use his blanket to open the mailbox and let the letter float in. Charlie Brown shows up to announce that he was invited to a Halloween party .Lucy is skeptical about his invitation, assuming it was sent by mistake. 

On Halloween night, the gang goes trick or treating.  Most dress as ghosts in simple white sheet costumes; Charlie Brown has “trouble with the scissors,” leaving his costume full of holes.  On the way, they stop at the pumpkin patch to jeer at Linus for missing the festivities as usual. 

During “tricks or treats,” the kids get their goodies (except for Charlie Brown, who gets nothing except rocks). After going back to the pumpkin patch to tease Linus and Sally, the gang goes to the Halloween party. 

Linus and Sally are still in the pumpkin patch. When Linus sees a mysterious shadowy figure (which turns out to be Snoopy) rising from the moonlit patch, he mistakes it for the Great Pumpkin and faints. When Linus wakes, Sally furiously yells at him for making her miss the Halloween festivities when Charlie Brown and the others come to get her. As they leave, Linus, still adamant that the Great Pumpkin will materialize, promises to put in a good word for them if it comes. He then panics, since he said if instead of when. At 4 a.m., Lucy realizes that Linus is not in his bed. She finds her brother in the pumpkin patch, covered by his blanket, shivering and half asleep. She brings him home, takes off his shoes, and puts him to bed. 

The next morning, Charlie Brown and Linus lean against a bridge wall and commiserate about the previous night. Charlie Brown attempts to console Linus by explaining that he has done many stupid things too. Hearing that makes Linus snap, and he vows that the Great Pumpkin will come to the pumpkin patch next year; 

As always the movie is free, and concessions will be free for this Halloween party.  The theatre door will open at 6:15.

Mayor Robert Hable, the Cultural District Advisory Committee, and the Many City Council sponsor Movies in Many.

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