Disneyland is in the midst of its annual switch from Halloween to Christmas decorations. Because of the great cost savings realized when decorations serve two holidays (as the Haunted Mansion Holiday decorations do), Disney is actively searching for additional opportunities to create bi-holiday decorations.
This year, the giant Jack o’ lantern on Main Street was constructed with Disneyland’s Christmas tree curled up inside. In this way, the tree would spring up, fully decorated, when the faux pumpkin was removed, and Disney would save the cost of installing the tree (since it would have been installed at the same time as the pumpkin). Unfortunately, when the pumpkin was removed earlier this week, it was found that the tree was dead. “It was a bit of a miscalculation,” said employee Maxine Pathos, who prefers to remain anonymous. “We knew that the tree would need water during the Halloween season, but we forgot to leave food and water for Charlie, the poor guy who was left in the pumpkin to operate the watering can.”
For budgetary reasons, Charlie’s funeral will be combined with the season’s first Christmas Fantasy parade.