Gather the family to watch the classic Peanuts film! Here's how to watch for free.
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Every Halloween, we look forward to reliving our childhood memories with a few important, holiday-themed lessons from the Peanuts gang in It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. The program typically airs a few days before Halloween—but after Apple TV+ gained the exclusive rights to the Peanuts holiday specials last year, the program didn't air on broadcast television for the first time in decades. 

This year, Apple is partnering with PBS to air It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown ad-free on PBS and PBS Kids on Sunday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. EST.

Lucy and Snoopy
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The film is already on Apple TV+, so if you're already a subscriber you can start watching it now. Normally you'd need a subscription to watch the special, but the streaming platform offered The Great Pumpkin for free to everyone for the three days surrounding Halloween last year.

If you don't have access to the streaming service and don't want to wait for the PBS air date, there are a few other ways you can watch: Sign up for Apple TV+, get it on the streaming platform Vudu, or grab a copy of the DVD ($14, Amazon) to watch it on repeat all season long.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown first aired in 1966 and follows Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, and the rest of the crew as they get ready for Halloween. As Lucy and her friends prepare their costumes for Violet's Halloween party, Linus and Sally camp out in the pumpkin patch awaiting a visit from The Great Pumpkin. As the pals go trick-or-treating, each announces their haul as they go from house to house, followed by Charlie Brown's signature line, "I got a rock." It's a must-watch for anyone craving nostalgia this Halloween.

Once you've decided how you're watching, grab a mug of hot apple cider, cozy up on the couch, and enjoy this timeless fall classic.

How to Watch It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Apple TV+

The film is already available for streaming on Apple TV+. If you have a subscription (sign up here!) you can watch whenever you like, or wait to see if the brand offers free streaming closer to Halloween.

Watch on PBS

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown will air ad-free on PBS and PBS Kids on Sunday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. EST.

Buy the DVD 

If you just can’t wait for the film to air on Apple TV+, buy the DVD version and watch it early! Watch the Peanuts gang prepare their costumes, visit the pumpkin patch, and bob for apples at Violet’s Halloween party. We won’t tell if you watch it every day from now until Halloween!

Rent on Vudu

The classic Halloween flick is available on the streaming platform Vudu for $4. This version has been remastered, so you can watch Charlie Brown, Linus and the rest of the gang trick-or-treat in vibrant color.

Comments (1)

Better Homes & Gardens Member
October 6, 2021
Thank you for the information! A slight type-o regarding the time. Standard time resumes on November 7, 2021, so the October 24th broadcast at 7:30pm is EDT, not EST.