Linus Van Pelt, of Peanuts Fame, Found Safe and Sound


Linus Van Pelt, of Peanuts fame, was found safe well over 150 times on Sunday.

Fifty years and Peanuts Linus Van Pelt is still lost in the pumpkin patch. Happily, for Linus, there were numerous ghosts and goblins riding on horseback and walking the Not So Spooky Trail at Rein in a Dream on Sunday in the hopes of rescuing him. “He was rescued well over 150 times,” joked Rein in a Dream Director Cherie Ansin.

The annual fall festival was held at Rein in a Dream this past Sunday with over 200 in attendance. The fall festival – an annual fund-raising event for Rein in a Dream – has become a popular community event. Aside from finding Linus, the biggest hit of the day was the costume parade, according to Cherie. The Trick-or-Treat trail – a walking loop around the barn that was filled with decorations and candy for the pedestrians that were brave enough to traverse the trail – was a close second.

Several community riders, as well as Perkins residents, attended and dressed in costume. Each participant received a prize, but the Most Spectacular Award went to the Herd of Minis that were dressed as the Wizard of Oz characters. “All of these characters and the sets that accompanied them were designed by our residential students,” Cherie said.

The event was held under crystal blue skies with the rain being kind enough to hold off until minutes before the scheduled end time. “We couldn’t have asked for better weather,” Cherie said. “The number of volunteers that gave up their Sunday to hang out with us was incredible.” All told, there were 48 volunteers for the day – several of them staff members who willingly participated to enjoy the great outdoors and share their love of animals.


Linus recovering with Snoopy after being found.

“I am so grateful for the generosity and giving spirit of my staff, our community riders, residential and day students and their families,” Cherie said. “Everyone did such an incredible job in making this event come together.  My heart was warmed by the generosity of so many people supporting us.”

After the costume parade at noon, there was the opportunity for trail rides, walks on the Not So Spooky Trail, face painting and games. “We had an expanded game area this year complete with a Monster Roll (a form of bowling), a potato sack obstacle course and other games suitable for all ages. “There was also a barbecue and a great food area provided by our Perkins dining services staff,” Cherie said.

“Thanks to the work of all of our incredible staff and the animals – many of whom needed to take Monday off to rest – we were able to raise $3900 this year. We had a huge number of sponsors and attendees that contributed to making this a great event,” Cherie said. All of the money raised will go towards animal care and scholarships for riders.

At day’s end, Linus was tickled to be safe and warm inside the barn curled up next to the great pumpkin for the evening, the young ghosts and goblins were full and happy and raffle participants were thrilled with their loot. A great day for all!