Charlie Brown

Season 1 Episode 3

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Aired Unknown Oct 01, 1966 on CBS
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It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Join the Peanuts gang as they celebrate Halloween. Linus patiently waits in the pumpkin patch for the arrival of the Great Pumpkin, while Charlie is invited to a Halloween party and gets rocks in his trick-or-treat bag.

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  • The annual visit to the pumpkin patch with Linus along with all the Halloween celebrations with Charlie and the gang.

    I was 13 when this was first shown on TV and that was close to the perfect age for it. Actually it might have even been better if I were 3 or 4 years younger but I enjoyed it greatly being a Peanuts fan. The story revolves around Linus's whimsical creation of the "Great Pumpkin," a Halloween version of Santa Claus. I always wondered how Schultz came up with this creation but since he did it has become an icon of Halloween. Linus's innocence in all this makes it so special, he honestly believes in the Great Pumpkin no matter what anyone says. There is a great counterpoint to this innocent yet naive belief with Sally's retort to his question about aren't all little girls sweet, innocent, and believing. The story also follows the Peanuts' gangs Halloween escapades with Charlie Brown once again being the brunt of many jokes and failures. I think I relate a bit to Charlie Brown some in this respect. I believe this is also the first time in Peanuts that we have Snoopy going off on his WW1 flying ace story line. The way they blend this in to the episode is quite nice. For me as well the way they do the background really lends a nippy Halloweenish fall air to the feeling you get from the show. And the denouement with Linus proclaiming next year he is going to find the most sincere pumpkin patch in the world ends the show on just the right note.moreless
  • I got a Rock!

    Another memorable Peanuts special. the special first came out in 1966, almost one year after "A Charlie Brown Christmas." this time the special revolves around Linus who believe that the Great Pumpkin rises from the pumpkin patch to give stuff to the kids. that's Linus' view and he can welcome to it. the only person that can believe him is Lucy. it's Snoopy as the World War I ace battling the Red Baron, Charlie Brown getting all those rocks in his bag. I hope the bag is strong or it will be a very long night. did Linus meet the Great Pumpkin? Why don't you watch and find out.moreless
  • These movies are classics, I called my Brother & sister so their kids could watch it and I even watched a little of bit of it this year and I'm 29 years old.moreless

    The Great Pumpkin will always be a classic that poor Linus just sitting out there. I would like to see something new even though Charles Schultz has past away. They said there was a new one, that would be intersting different writers and voices, probably won't be as good, but some of these kids won't know the difference anyways. I would like to see something happen to Lucy, to show kids bad things happen to you when your a jerk, I know they can't have something fall on her which I'm sure alot of people would like to see, but just a little justice would be nice. They also could have something with mostly Snoopy, that dog rules. Well that was a fun blast from the past but I'm done.moreless
  • This is perhaps a little overrated, but entirely charming nonetheless.

    People everywhere know "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown", and consider it one of the best. But they consider it one of the best not because it is the best, but because they've only seen two Peanuts specials, the other being "A Charlie Brown Christmas". Those two are the most famous. Are they the most famous because they are the best? No. They are the most famous only because they are for the biggest holidays.

    That being said, this is a very delightful show. The storyline is a little weak, but there is so much about it that makes that a minor detail. It is a very colorful show, with all sorts of reds and oranges and purples. The cel animation is ten times better than today's CGI. There are a few amusing moments. And Vince Guaraldi's whimsical jazz is accompanied by woodwinds, making the "Great Pumpkin Waltz" and "Linus and Lucy" very pleasing to the ears. If you don't like the story, just watch it for the music and animation.

    Everyone ought to see this at least once.moreless
  • "Oh, Great Pumpkin! Where are you?"

    This delightful Halloween classic is one of my all-time favorite Peanuts specials! Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy and Sally were never more charming as they are in this feature!

    It's Halloween time and once again Linus plans to forego trick-or-treating in order to sit in the pumpkin patch awaiting the arrival of The Great Pumpkin. Charlie Brown's little sister, Sally, has been in love with Linus for years. She breaks out in hearts whenever he's around! So when Linus invites Sally to wait in the pumpkin patch with him, she readily agrees. The rest of the Peanuts gang enjoys an evening of trick-or-treating as well as a trip over to Violet's house for a big Halloween party while Linus and Sally miss all the fun. It's no big surprise that the Great Pumpkin never makes an appearance, and in the end Linus must deal with Sally's wrath and the ridicule of the rest of the Peanuts gang.

    After almost ten years of watching this special I never get tired of seeing it! The scenes where the kids are trick-or-treating and Charlie Brown receives nothing but rocks are both heart wrenching and hilarious at the same time. And one of my very favorite scenes in the entire program comes at the very end, when Lucy must get out of bed and go out to the pumpkin patch to bring poor, shivering Linus inside and put him to bed.

    This is one of the best holiday programs ever! Don't miss it!moreless
Bill Melendez

Bill Melendez

Snoopy (specials 1- ); Woodstock (specials 8- ) (1965- )

Chris Shea

Chris Shea

Linus Van Pelt (specials 1-5) (1965-1968)

Peter Robbins

Peter Robbins

Charlie Brown (specials 1-6) (1965-1969)

Sally Dryer

Sally Dryer

Lucy Van Pelt (specials 2-5); Violet (special 1) (1965-1969)

Kathy Steinberg

Kathy Steinberg

Sally Brown

Guest Star

Glenn Mendelson

Glenn Mendelson

Schroeder, Shermy

Guest Star

Ann Altieri

Ann Altieri

Frieda, Violet

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Some of Snoopy's Red Baron footage and the opening version of "Linus and Lucy" were used for the 1969 movie A Boy Named Charlie Brown.

    • Lucy can be seen reading a TV Guide that has her picture on the cover!

    • After this special originally aired, children all over the country sent candy to Charlie Brown out of sympathy.

    • When Snoopy pretends to cross wartime France as a downed pilot, he passes signs pointing to two real locations in the Champagne country northeast of Paris, Chalons sur Marne and Pont a Mousson.

    • When the kids are putting on their Halloween costumes Charlie Brown's ghost sheet has many holes in it. Shortly after, when Snoopy is walking out the front door as the Red Baron, Charlie Brown holds the door open for him and salutes. When he does this the many holes in his ghost costume disappear, only to re-appear later.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Linus: What's that? What's that? I HEAR THE GREAT PUMPKIN!

    • Linus (writing): Dear Great Pumpkin, I am looking forward to your arrival on Halloween night. I hope you will bring me lots of presents.

    • Lucy (with a witch costume and mask): A person should always choose a costume that is in direct contrast to her own personality.

    • Charlie Brown: I don't understand it. I went trick-or-treating, and all I got was a bag full of rocks.

    • Lucy: Say, Charlie Brown, how about practicing a few place kicks? I'll hold the football, and you come running and kick it.
      Charlie Brown: Oh, brother. You must think I'm stupid.

    • Lucy: NOT AGAIN! Writing a letter to a stupid pumpkin? You make me the laughingstock of the neighborhood! All they talk about is my little brother who always writes to the Great Pumpkin. You better cut it out right now, or I'll pound you!!

    • Linus: Oh, Great Pumpkin, where are you?!

    • Sally: I was robbed! I spent the whole night waiting for the Great Pumpkin when I could have been out for tricks or treats! Halloween is over, and I've missed it! YOU BLOCKHEAD! You kept me up all night waiting for the Great Pumpkin! And all that came was a beagle! I didn't even get the chance to go out for tricks or treats! And it was all your fault! I'll sue! What a fool I was! I could have had candy apples and gum! And cookies and money and all sorts of things! But NO! I had to listen to you. You blockhead. What a fool I was. Trick-or-treats come only once a year. And I miss it by sitting in a pumpkin patch with a blockhead. (strangling Linus) YOU OWE ME RESTITUTION!
      Linus: You've heard about fury and a woman scorned?
      Charlie Brown: Yes, I guess I have.
      Linus: Well, that's nothing compared to the fury of a woman who has been cheated out of tricks-or-treats.

    • (Lucy scoops out the innards of the pumpkin)
      Linus: Ohh. You didn't tell me you were gonna kill it!

    • Charlie Brown: I got a rock.

    • Linus: I've learned there are three things you don't discuss with people: religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin.

    • Linus: Never jump into a pile of leaves with a wet sucker.

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