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


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

Movie Summary

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

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown originally aired on CBS October 27, 1966. CBS retained the rights through the year 2000. In 2001, ABC obtained the rights. Beginning in 2020, Apple TV+ became the exclusive home of all Peanuts specials.

Is It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown available to purchase or rent?

Yes, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is available to stream on the following platforms:

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Is It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown available to buy on DVD?


When will It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown air on TV in 2023?

Available exclusively on Apple TV+

Apple TV+ will provide special free windows for non-subscribers to stream the iconic holiday special, available October 28th through October 31st.

Year Released


Cast Includes

Peter Robbins (Charlie Brown), Christopher Shea (Linus Van Pelt), Sally Dryer (Lucy Van Pelt), Cathy Steinberg (Sally Brown), Bill Melendez (Snoopy), Ann Altieri (Frieda), Lisa DeFaria (Patty), Glenn Mendelson (Schroeder), Gabrielle DeFaria Ritter (Pigpen)

Rate Movie:

4.9/5 - (155 votes)

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Movie Trailer

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48 thoughts on “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)

  1. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME on the people who made this decision. I am 62 years old, have watched it every year when I was young, with my kids, and was hoping to watch with my grand-kids and you have taken this away. What a pathetic move just for more money!! Many homes don’t have the internet, especially in rural areas like us, to even stream this and now you have taken this holiday staple away!! You people are so sad!!

    1. I don’t think I could agree w/u more!!! It was hard enough dealing with families being so distant during this COVID crap & having gatherings via video phone but now we can’t even enjoy that due to the fact that we can’t afford the internet. Things are being taken away from us one by one.,….& Y would they ‘air’ these shows a month b for the actual month that the holiday is n?? That makes no sense, I remember watching Halloween cartoons on Halloween nite after trick or treating as well as Xmas ones on Xmas Eve ect. Wut ever happen to that??? Wow u tv people really suck!!

    2. Sad news. The Charlie Brown specials have become a staple in my families holiday season. We look forward to the shows every year. I grew up on the shows in the 80’s and have been sharing the experience with my children. My 12 and 10 yr old we’re looking g forward to our popcorn night watching The Great Pumpkin. I guess everything changes, I was just hoping this tradition never would. For whatever reason, popping in a DVD or streaming the show doesn’t have the same nostalgia. This may be the first step towards forgetting the gifts Charles Schultz created for us to enjoy. And the merry go round keeps turning.

  2. So damn sad…. well, yall lost al respect I had for ya. Nothing but a bunch of MONEY hungry Joy stilling thiefs… Sad my son will not get to enjoy any of the peanut favorite do to this BS.. Thanks for messing up 2020 once again. Like anything else could go wrong!!!

  3. Well if u don’t have internet how r u to get all that stuff!!! ABC this stinks I’m a hug Snoopy/ Charlie Brown fan!! I just can’t believe you would think that this was a good ideal!!! Shame on you all at ABC!!!

    1. I have been watching all Charlie Brown since first airing in the 60s
      WHY NOW??? Its tradition!!! Come on, have a heart. This year is a year we need some light hearted entertainment!!! A lot of us older folks dont rely on cable, Apple TV, Dish, Direct!! VERY DISAPPOINTED ABC!!

    2. ABC REALLY!!? After its aired since 1960s you decide to not air it in the year that we all could use it. So now it mentioned that charlie brown christmas wont be airing either?!please air the Christmas one ABC!! very sad not every one has internet or Apple TV. this sucks

      1. It’s nor ABC’s fault. The fault is whomever is in charge of Peanuts. They went for the money Apple shelled out, instead of allowing CBS, NBC or even PBS from airing it.
        I guess, whomever is in charge of Peanuts, they don’t care about poor kids.

  4. Very annoyed by ABC or no other network airing the Great Pumpkin this year in 2020. It’s a holiday tradition and just to see it gone like this is so depressing. I’ve heard the contract rights expired earlier this year, but I would’ve expected another network like FOX or NBC to acquire the rights to the special between February(when they aired Be My Valentine) and October to work out license deals. I’ve contacted ABC once already asking where the specials will move to on TV, but I have not heard a response. I will be contacting them later today along with my local affiliate like another person on these comments. I hope someone else acquires the rights, as this is very disappointing and I hope that the Christmas and Thanksgiving specials air on TV. I have heard that Apple TV+ has an exclusive streaming deal, but I’m not sure if that has to do with anything. You can watch it now if you have a Apple TV+ subscription or for free on October 30th and 31st. Halloween specials aren’t complete without the Great Pumpkin. I hope Peanuts Worldwide LLC, DHX Media and ABC can learn from this – holidays aren’t just the same without Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang.

    1. That’s why I purchased the Holiday 3 dvd set which includes The Great Pumpkin Patch, the Peanuts Thanksgiving, and the Peanuts Christmas special. I know it’s not the same but I get to see it with my first grandson. They are pretty economical if you buy them on eBay.

    1. This is about money at the very worst possible time in our country… An AMERICAN. tradition to watch during the holidays Halloween, Christmas, and Thanksgiving.. I say boycott APPLE AppleTV+ and
      ALL the celebrities who endorse and sponsor them!

      NO CLASS and just MEAN… Sell outs to AMERICANS
      well I for one won’t and can’t be bought… Sad…

      No more treats ONLY tricks !!! REAL LIFE GRINCHES

    2. I left an email with ABC and my local affiliate. I hope to hear from them today. 2020 needs to cut it out with all the craziness!

      1. Got a reply back from the regional scheduling guy. There are no plans for ABC airing the special this year. I am checking on “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.

    3. Yeah I looked for it 2 it’s not there …you would think that they would at least tell us the are not going to put it on tv this sucks Halloween will not be the same

      1. Yeah, I heard about that. You would’ve expected ABC to move it to another network though like FOX since they aired Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown a few years ago and since they own the 2015 movie.

    1. I haven’t been able to find out i almost believe that they are not going to air it the great pumpkin charile brown I found where they are going air Coco but last year they release the date for it’s the great pumpkin charile brown before October this year i can’t find a Date anywhere if this is so I am sad it a tradition in this house

      1. We are hoping they do air it this year, maybe they will on Halloween night. Normally they don’t air it on Halloween since most people are out trick or treating but with covid restrictions many will be staying home. Fingers crossed and the minute we know the day and time we will post it here.

  5. i would like to know when it’s the great pumpkin charlie brown on tv on abc sometimes in october let me know what date it is ok i been watching charlie brown for about thirdy nine years on abc tv american channel in the united states let me know when it is on sometimes ok on october 18th or october 25th let me know ok bye from john lee ok bye.

      1. This is so disappointing. I can’t believe they won’t air the peanut specials in regular TV. There are so many people who do not have cable or streaming devices. Stop being so greedy!
        2020 needs spirt and something to look forward to. Have a heart ❤️!

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