Those lovable Peanuts characters certainly have a knack for showing up each year without fail, just in time to help us welcome in some of our most beloved holidays. One such occasion is Halloween, which means it’s time to huddle around the television for an annual viewing of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. First airing in 1966, it has remained a beloved classic for millions of current and former children, and a testament to the genius of a kind man named Charles M. Schulz.
Halloween is quickly approaching and our familiar friends are eagerly anticipating its arrival. But, while everyone else has their mind on trick-or-treating or an upcoming party, the blanket-wielding Linus is concerned over whether the Great Pumpkin will finally make an appearance this year. Despite being mocked by his cohorts, who see their pal as a bit delusional, he remains hopeful, even sending a letter to the big guy begging for a visit.
When Halloween arrives, the gang, sans Linus, goes out trick-or-treating, a fruitful endeavor for all involved, except Charlie Brown, who seems to only receive rocks from each house that he visits. Next, they travel to Violet’s house for her can’t-miss Halloween party. Meanwhile, Linus has convinced Sally to camp out with him in the pumpkin patch all night to wait for the Great Pumpkin to arrive.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown has all the wit and charm that one might expect from a Charles Schulz creation, right down to the typically wonderful jazz score by longtime Peanuts composer, Vince Guaraldi. The beloved special has aired on television every year since its premiere, and become an annual viewing tradition for millions of people, young and old.
If you are one of the many people who hold a fondness for It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, we’d love to hear your thoughts in our comments section, as we tip our hats to Charles M. Schulz for this timeless holiday classic.