One 25-year-old Brooklynite who works in publishing recently complained that all her friends ever want to do these days is go to full moon ceremonies.
The Great Pumpkin had a lot going for it as a mythical fantasy figure – he arrived timed to holidays. That was the #1 criteria. The #2 criteria was that he gave something to the kids – according to Linus, The Great Pumpkin carried a bag of toys for all the children, just as the Easter Bunny left candy, Santa left gifts, and the Tooth Fairy left money.
But he lacked a couple other important attributes. For instance, he lacked necessary inherent contradictions between the human and the fantastical. Santa, for instance, had total omniscience – he knew whether we’d been bad or good – yet he couldn’t appear and disappear, he had to actually travel, by flying sleigh – and yet he still managed to hit every house in the world. These contradictions, apparently, get kids talking, thinking – and keep the fantasy figure alive in their minds. The Tooth Fairy, meanwhile, could magically appear, yet dealt in real human money.