Song of the Witches & The Great Pumpkin

It is  Halloween, the night of October 31, the eve of All Saints’s Day.   Some scholars believe that Halloween has Christian roots which have been influenced by the Celtic harvest festival.  Some others believe that there is a connection to the Gaelic festival, Samhain.  Whatever the case may be, I am reminded of two separate ideas:

William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and Charles M. Schulz’s “It’s the Great Pumpkin.” There is a sense of destiny in both narratives along with possibilities and consequences. Choices and warnings.   What better way to remember Halloween.

The Highlands of Scotland
The Highlands of Scotland

Song of the Witches, Macbeth – William Shakespeare

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown – Charles M. Schulz
“Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere. He’s gotta pick this one. He’s got to. I don’t see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there’s not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see.”

Published by Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

6 thoughts on “Song of the Witches & The Great Pumpkin

  1. The Song of Witches will always remind me of my English teacher (7th grade?) who taught us Macbeth – she recited those words with a cackle so well! Hope you had a fun Halloween!

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    1. I had a great Halloween – I’m certain that I saw the Great Pumpkin, We have a community garden nearby, which is very sincere. There is so much history that is attached to Halloween. Macbeth has always been my favourite! Especially the opening – set the stage for a magnificent story. It was only later that I found out that Macbeth was actually a beloved monarch. Ah, the power of writers!!!

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