"It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" first aired on October 27, 1966. (I'm a week early for the bento anniversary, and that show is old as heck - I don't know anyone still alive that was around at that time except maybe Milt). The show has been aired annually near Halloween along with the Christmas version. Charles M. Schulz is a master of clean comedy, while teaching all of us that hard work and diligence earns you a nice rock in your sack.
Today's bento celebrates the wonderful show. If you don't know the script then you did not have a pleasant childhood; and for that, I'm sorry. This bento is for serious fans, starting with the Great Pumpkin itself. I would prey to it also as it has everything a deity should possess: large size, menacing facial features, and unusual skin color. Ok, cheddar cheese and black olives aren't menacing, but sure are tasty. The mesquite smoked turkey is delicious plus this sandwich has bacon, Swiss cheese, and homemade pickles.
The salad represents the pumpkin patch as it is made from mixed greens and diced red onions. You can see Charlie Brown's poorly made costume running through the fields. Charlie Brown was a little proactive in the use of scissors thus cut a few extra eye holes. Avocado ranch dressing will be used on the salad.
Amma had no idea what this bento was about so we watched the show last night, but she would not be seen with anything "as silly as a pumpkin that gives out gifts." Needless to say, she received no gifts last night.