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It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)

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The Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin.


Bill Melendez
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Peter Robbins Peter Robbins ... Charlie Brown (voice)
Christopher Shea ... Linus Van Pelt (voice) (as Chris Shea)
Sally Dryer Sally Dryer ... Lucy Van Pelt (voice)
Cathy Steinberg Cathy Steinberg ... Sally Brown (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ann Altieri Ann Altieri ... Frieda / Violet (voice)
Lisa DeFaria Lisa DeFaria ... Patty (voice)
Bill Melendez ... Snoopy (voice)
Glenn Mendelson Glenn Mendelson ... Schroeder / Shermy (voice)
Gabrielle DeFaria Ritter Gabrielle DeFaria Ritter ... Pigpen (voice) (as Gail DeFaria)


The Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween, with Linus hoping that, finally, he will be visited by The Great Pumpkin; while Charlie Brown is invited to a Halloween party. Written by Chuck Warner <deepwell@ix.netcom.com>

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Ghoulies and Ghosties and Long-Legged Beasties, and Things That Go Bump in the Night Never Were Better Television Then They Are in "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!" Brought to you by the People in Your Town Who Bottle Coca-Cola. Don't Miss It. And Don't Tell Us You're Too Old to Believe in Great Pumpkins. See more »


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Did You Know?


In 2020, the TV special, which had aired during Halloween every year for more than five decades did not air on broadcast television for the first time in 54 years, bringing an end to a classic Halloween tradition. After airing annually on network television from 1966 to 2019, this special moved exclusively to the Apple TV+ streaming service. The special is part of an agreement Apple Inc. completed with 'Peanuts Worldwide LLC' for the exclusive transmission rights to various animated Peanuts specials. As part of this agreement, Apple TV+ must make this TV special and other specials available for free on their service in brief windows. However, after public complaints over the removal of this special from network television, Apple Inc. announced a compromise agreement with PBS to broadcast the other two Holiday Peanuts specials, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973) and A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965), commercial-free in 2020. See more »


At 4 AM when Lucy brings a sleepy Linus into his bedroom, he sits on his bed and she takes off his shoes. He falls into bed and she covers him with a blanket. As she walks away from the bed, the shoes have vanished. See more »


[first lines]
[Lucy scoops out the innards of the pumpkin Linus brought]
Linus: [groans] You didn't tell me you were gonna kill it!
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Crazy Credits

As with other specials in the series, the animation department is called "Graphic blandishment". See more »

Alternate Versions

The version of the show broadcast on CBS from the late 1970s until it went to ABC was edited, cutting out most of the Trick or Treat/I got a rock sequence. This version was also time-compressed. Some older video releases also edit this sequence and also the scene where Snoopy dances along to Schroeder's World War I-era piano music. Later airings on CBS in the late 1990s would also cut the scene where Lucy pulls the football away when Charlie Brown attempts to kick it. The Paramount video release is unedited. See more »


Referenced in The Simpsons: The Yellow Badge of Cowardge (2014) See more »


Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile!
Music by Felix Powell
Arranged and Performed by Vince Guaraldi
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20-something Ponders Childhood
23 October 2004 | by ONUcoqui2001See all my reviews

Although thousands of Halloween TV specials bombard us each October, one stands out as a can't-miss for anyone with children or anyone who ever was a child. The complete lack of scariness makes this the classic feel-good movie of the season. It is one film that is appropriate for children of every age, even very young children. It brings up the same nostalgic feelings that the Peanuts comic strip does, and gets me in the Halloween spirit every year. If you haven't seen it yet, spend some time this October to watch it with the children in your life. It's perfect with warm popcorn and orange candy corn. So for a change from the movies that give you nightmares, try the Halloween special that will give you sweet dreams of great pumpkins.

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27 October 1966 (USA) See more »

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