The Peanuts Prowling Pumpkin Patch!

When I decided to limit the Countdown in light of personal frustration/ennui/whatever the other day, my gal took the opportunity to bring home some much needed Halloween spirit in the form of…well, whatever you’d call this thing:

Officially titled the Peanuts Prowling Pumpkin Patch, it’s a maddening and beautiful little decoration that reminds me very much of an old electronic football game that I cannot for the life of me remember the name of. You might, though: Remember those football “board” games consisting of a big, electronic football field and a bunch of player figurines that’d slowly shake their way across when you turned it on?

It was the only toy in my godmother’s ancient house, and whenever we visited there, I sat on the floor for two hours trying to make sense of it. I’m still not totally sure how it was played or what the general point of it was, but it shared a gimmick with the Prowling Pumpkin Patch: They both have figurines that seem to move under their own power, like magic!

The “base” is “based” on the pumpkin patch where Linus and Sally wasted a very famous Halloween night, complete with Great Pumpkin signage, a couple of dead trees and Snoopy’s doghouse. Snoopy’s abode has never been located in or beside a pumpkin patch in any form of official canon, but I’m willing to forgive this since the doghouse is actually a button that causes Peanuts music to blare through hidden speakers when pushed.

The real stars of the set are the tiny figurines, made of rubber but with magnetized feet. We get Lucy, Snoopy, Linus and Charlie Brown with a removable ghost costume. I prefer to let Charlie Brown go without a costume and pretend that someone else is under the sheet. This way, my Prowling Pumpkin Patch has five figures, and everyone else’s only has four. I like to feel special in any way I can.

Click here to see it in action!

When you smack Snoopy’s shack, music plays, and that signals the figurines to make their shaky, vague rotation across the patch. They’re prone to falling over, but I don’t mind it so much since it doesn’t keep them from moving around. Plus, it opens the door for me to start a little betting pool with my imaginary friends over which Peanuts character will last the forty-five seconds without crashing. My money’s on Snoopy, who skirts the official rules by starting his trek in a downward position.

This would be as good of a time as any to reiterate the information a reader sent in a few days back: It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown will be shown on October 28th at 8 PM, on ABC. It’s almost getting to that time of year where we should all help each other figure out when the real seasonal stuff is going to be on TV. If you’ve got any tips, post them in the comments. Hopefully, we’ll get some good background noise for a few of the upcoming SNTs.

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266 Responses to The Peanuts Prowling Pumpkin Patch!

  1. mjsgrass says:

    I hope the HBO series is good!

  2. Jedoc says:

    I simultaneously hate and admire GRRM for making me care about Jaime. We had a perfectly good hate/hate relationship going on, and he had to go and make him human. I ask you, what sort of writer does that to you?

  3. I never liked Robert Jordan. I didn’t wish death on him or anything, but I could not get into him to save my life.
    Right now I’m loving Lois McMaster Bujold, though. The Curse of Chalion? Anyone?

  4. Annette says:

    So I caught part of an episode of Pushing Daisies last night and I liked what I saw except for the really awkward musical number. But it was hilarious listening to those people try to speak Japanese. “No shimasu desu!” And I thought my Japanese was bad…

    Jessica Marie, I never liked Robert Jordan much either…

    I’ve been meaning to read that series by Martin, since it comes highly recommended by my fiance. :] All in good time…

  5. Alyssa says:

    Magic Toy I like ELO as well, although I haven’t listened to them in a long time. I remember my dad would sometimes put on one of their records on Saturday mornings and I would just sit and listen to it while having breakfast.

  6. Commander Awesome says:

    Magic Toy: Pick up the CD reissue of ELO’s “Time” that came out a few years ago. No joke, that album is phenomenal. More conceptual than a lot of their stuff (it’s about robots and time travel), but every song is amazing.

  7. kingklash wants a Wurlitzer UFO says:

    I happen to unabashedly like ELO, along with a lot of Prog-Rock groups (King Crimson, ELP, that kind of thing). Something to do with large musical arrangements. Which, amazingly, includes both Spike Jones and Frank Zappa.

    ” Accroches-toi a ton reve
    Accroches-toi a ton reve
    Quand tu vois ton bateau partir
    Quand tu sents — ton coeur se briser
    Accroches-toi a ton reve.”

    About the only phrase in French I know.

  8. Commander Awesome says:

    Sacrebleu, Kingklash! Always nice to see a fellow “Time” traveler…

    And an apology in advance to all of the fellow XE-ers who’d hate to see this thread devolve into an ELO love-fest … but they’re awesome, for reals.

  9. Jeff Lynne's Beard says:

    “I love their Mr. Blue Sky, almost my favorite is Turn to Stone, and how ’bout Telephone Line? I love that ELO!”

    But seriously, ELO are/were fantastic. You can’t go wrong with anything from “On The Third Day” up through “Time.

  10. mandy_evil dead_Reeves says:

    I forgot, we got a spirit halloween store down the highway!!! I gotta go check it out tommorow.I would go right now, but im groggy from percocet for my sinus and nuralgia pain.

    Also no Brawl til the 10th of February!!! :(

  11. Special K says:

    I love ELO. I’m not ashamed to admit it. I also love The Moody Blues and Styx. Not ashamed to admit that either. I’m a classic rock junkie.

    Well, the ghost hunt was a bust. No one showed up so it was cancelled. The Halloween convention was also a bust, unfortunately. We went several hundred in the hole. But we’ve learned from our mistakes and we’re giving it another shot next year. This time I have actual positions on the planning committee (Assistant to the Chairman, Webmistress and Director of Programming) so maybe next year’s will really take off! I hope so. Our theme is b-movies. This year’s theme was zombies… not sure why that wasn’t more of a draw. Oh, well.

  12. Candace says:

    A Song of Ice and Fire comes highly recommended by just about everybody.. It’s by far my favorite series. And I never got into Jordan, either.

  13. Toxikfoxx says:

    George RR Martins’ series is one of the best. Keeping with the Halloween feel, I highly recomend Jim Butchers Dresden Files books. I’m not huge on horror/sci-fi but these are great.

  14. kittymao says:

    this is mai first comment ever!
    Special K: Maybe zombies weren’t a draw because for the moment, it’s kinda played out. “28 days Later” of revived it, but after the Dawn of the Dead remake, the zombies… they don’t quite pull like they used to. But you know how it goes. Like the tides…
    B-movies should be fun. Be sure to capitalize on Certain drawers,like Rob Zombie’s work, and Leprechaun. That would be fun- hire a pissed off midget to advertise!

  15. Ace says:

    Damn Matt. That punkin’ patch is messed up in the video. ” ITS THE GREAT PIECE OF JUN KCHARLIE BROWN ” =P ah just my word on it

  16. dj BC says:

    CVS has ’em again this year- and it’s late enough that it’s marked down. Just snagged one for $15 and had to revisit this post. Woo hoo!

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