Charles Schultz said: “The Great Pumpkin is really kind of a satire on Santa Claus. When he doesn’t come, Linus is crushed.” Said he dreamed it up because he saw a lot of kids that didn’t get anything for Christmas and they were disappointed.
Also, I’ve always wondered what kind of sadist jerk give out rocks to kids for Halloween. Or why Charlie Brown was always singled out. Schultz also said that for years, people would send bags of candy to his office addressed to Charlie Brown because they felt so bad for him… apparently not realizing… it’s a cartoon.