When Watching It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is an Annual Tradition

What does a grown 58-year old woman find herself doing two nights before Halloween?  Watching It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.


This Charlie Brown classic first aired on October 27, 1966 when I was seven years old and in the second grade. I still remember sitting in front of the TV set with my sisters and sometimes neighborhood friends and watching it every year. These were of course the days before VCRs and VHS tapes and so it was such a special treat watching it once a year when it was on TV (something I’m not sure today’s kids will ever truly understand). It was something we all looked forward to. When my children came along and were old enough, they watched it too. And of course when it did come out on VHS, I bought it, and later the DVD. I seriously don’t think I’ve missed watching it on TV in 51 years.

Last night, I thought about how much is “wrong” with this special when you really stop to think about it. But still I love it and despite having the DVD, there’s just something special about watching it on TV when it’s aired (I guess it’s the kid in me and I’ve always been into tradition).

I always loved Linus rolling the pumpkin to the house in the beginning.


Remember the Halloween costumes they made and wore? Last night, for the first time perhaps, I noticed that there sure wasn’t much variety in those costumes. How did I not notice this little tidbit of information before? I always wondered where Pigpen’s parents were (where any of their parents were for that matter)? And for crying out loud, why didn’t Pigpen’s mother ever teach him proper hygiene?!  Ha!


As for poor Charlie Brown, he just couldn’t seem to get a break. From Violet and Lucy using  him as a model for a jack-o-lantern (Violet drew a face on the back of his head while Lucy carved the pumpkin with a monster knife– with NO parental supervision of course) to Charlie Brown’s problem with the scissors (all the eye holes in his costume) to him getting all rocks when Trick-or-Treating. I never “got” the rock thing as a kid and always felt bad for him. Now that I think about it, I don’t get it as an adult either. What kind of person gives a kid rocks on Halloween?



I read that the 10-year old little boy who played the voice of Charlie Brown got rocks in real life on Halloween. His neighbors and friends thought it was funny, but he didn’t.

Remember the Halloween party when Lucy bobs for apples? Love it!

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And Linus and Sally miss Trick-or-treating because they’re waiting in the pumpkin patch for The Great Pumpkin to appear.



Remember how Linus never gave up believing and Lucy had to go outside at 4 am and get him to bring him inside to bed.  Wait, what?  Again, where were the parents letting their kid stay out all hours sleeping in a pumpkin patch? Really????


It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown is a Halloween classic I love to watch (despite the obvious lack of parenting theme that occurs throughout).  It will always be one of my favorites.  Isn’t it interesting to see how far animation has come?

Gail 🎃

About Gail

I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, veterinarian, and wanna be writer. I love nature and animals of all kinds, music, cooking, and spending time with my family.
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9 Responses to When Watching It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is an Annual Tradition

  1. Relax... says:

    Oh, I love Charlie Brown anything! It’s wonderful when one of those, or Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, comes on tv, isn’t it? 🙂

  2. Solitaire says:

    one of my favorites too!🎃

  3. Winnie says:

    Oh! I love Charlie Brown too especially Snoopy 😊

  4. on the level says:

    everything that is wrong with it is what is right with it. There are no parents because it is seen through the eyes of the kids. Charlie Brown may play the loser but he’s the eternal optimist despite all. Sally’s innocent love for Linus causes her to give up her Halloween. Linus’s belief in the Great Pumpkin is the ultimate show of faith. The costumes are simple because they are. I love everything about that show. To this day I root for Charlie Brown. Great post!

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