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Countdown to Halloween!

With a Story a Day

Part of Peanuts

Little ones can count down to Halloween with this adorable collection of thirty-one stories featuring the Peanuts gang—one for every day in October!

This collection of Peanuts stories has everything Halloween—costumes, parties, trick or treating, and the Great Pumpkin! There’s a story for each day in October to make the time before the best day of the year pass more quickly. It’s the perfect gift for Peanuts and Halloween fans!

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A Story for October 1: Dear Great Pumpkin…

A Story for October 1 Dear Great Pumpkin…
Linus was excited. It was October, and that was one of his favorite months of the year!

Why? Well, for one thing, he loved when the weather got a bit cooler, and he loved all the fall colors. He especially enjoyed watching the leaves change color on the trees and jumping in piles of leaves after they fell!

But there was one thing about October Linus loved most of all—Halloween!

And not for the usual reasons. You might think it was because he enjoyed trick-or-treating, or wearing a costume, or Halloween parties. No, Linus usually missed out on most of those things because he was waiting for the Great Pumpkin.

Linus believed that every Halloween, the Great Pumpkin picked the most sincere pumpkin patch he could find, and then visited it and left gifts for any good little boys and girls who waited in the pumpkin patch to see him.

Linus always wrote a letter to the Great Pumpkin and mailed it a few weeks before Halloween to say he was looking forward to Halloween and finally meeting him.

But it seemed to get more difficult every year, since none of his family or friends believed in the Great Pumpkin. His older sister, Lucy, was especially a non-believer. She loved to tease him about the Great Pumpkin.



Linus took out a piece of paper and a pencil and began to write his letter.

Dear Great Pumpkin, I am looking forward to your arrival on Halloween night.

Just as he finished writing this sentence, Lucy came over and read what he wrote.

She smirked and said, “Santa Claus has elves to help him. What does the Great Pumpkin have, oranges? Ha ha ha!” Then she walked away, still laughing at her joke.

Linus sighed. He believed the Great Pumpkin was a lot like Santa, in that he knew which children were good and which were not.

Linus was worried that Lucy’s joke might upset the Great Pumpkin.

He continued to write his letter, adding, Please don’t listen to my sister, Lucy, sir. Lately, her kind is everywhere.

He signed his letter and sealed it in an envelope. He really hoped Lucy’s joke wouldn’t ruin his chances to see the Great Pumpkin this year!

Charles M. Schulz is a legend. He was the hand and heart behind fifty years of Peanuts, which featured one of the world’s most beloved and recognizable casts of cartoon characters, until his death in 2000.

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