It’s officially Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin time again! Everyone’s favorite Halloween classic, “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” airs tonight at 8pm ET on ABC. You can also watch the special online in case you aren’t near your TV.
The world was first introduced to Charlie Brown’s Great Pumpkin Peanuts special on October 27th, 1966. On that date, it came on right before My Three Sons. Here are some other fun facts about “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”
CBS was the network to broadcast “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” all the way up until the year 2000. ABC took over in 2001, and cut two scenes out of the film to make room for more commercial breaks. One was a clip of Lucy encouraging Charlie Brown to kick a football and then pulling it away when he did, and the second was Snoopy wanting Schroeder to play WWII songs.
Both scenes were eventually aired with the “You’re Not Elected” Charlie Brown special.
One of the most famous scenes in the Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin special is when the kids go trick-or-treating and announce what they got in their treat bags. Charlie Brown peers into his and says, “I Got A Rock.” Charles Schultz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip, reported that after the show initially aired, boxes of treats and candy arrived for poor Charlie Brown to make up for that rock he got.
In 2006, “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” celebrated its 40-year anniversary by publishing a book about the film, which included photographs not seen before, the script, and interviews with the child actors who were the voices of the Peanut gang.
The Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin special is sure to remain a Halloween tradition for families for years to come.