When I say It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! has been one of my all-time favorite Halloween specials since the day I came into this world, I am not exaggerating. I even bought blankets, socks and storage containers (from the HomeGoods Halloween collection) to commemorate my undying appreciation! My old recorded VHS will stay with me until my last days.
Last year, we were devastated to hear that It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! was only going to be shown on Apple TV+. It shook a lot of people up. But this year, we get to experience the Halloween classic on TV once again!
Great Pumpkin, Where Are You?
Sadly, those of us who did not have access to Apple TV weren’t able to watch the Peanuts special last year. And while it may seem a bit silly, it’s become tradition for quite a few people. Some prefer Thanksgiving Peanuts while others prefer Christmas Peanuts, but you can’t deny that we all have a favorite movie. And not being able to watch our favorite Peanuts special changes the entire holiday!
You won’t have to worry about that for 2021. It’s official—It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! is back on television for all the little ghouls and goblins to enjoy.
When Can I Watch It?
Currently, the special is set to air on PBS and PBS Kids on Sunday, October 24 at 7:30 pm EST. That means no more worrying about whether or not you’re subscribed to the right streaming service. However, those who have Apple TV+ still have access to It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! You can also catch A Charlie Brown Christmas on PBS and PBS Kids on Sunday, November 21 at 7:30 pm EST.
Bake up this great pumpkin cake, gather the fam around for a Peanuts watch party and enjoy to your heart’s content!
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Mini Pumpkin Cakes
I saw these cute cakes at a local grocery store and decided to make my own version at home. They’re a hit at any fall gathering. —Jennifer Dorff, Waukesha, Wisconsin Get Recipe
Cream cheese, mozzarella and roasted red peppers make these pumpkin-shaped pinwheels devilishly delicious. They were a hit at my last Halloween party. —Anndrea Bailey, Huntington Beach, CaliforniaGo to RecipeTaste of Home
Be prepared for happy faces when you make these eye-catching jack-o’-lanterns. We loaded the sandwiches with flavorful fillings, then easily formed fun pumpkin shapes using cookie cutters. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, WisconsinGo to RecipeTaste of Home
Pumpkin Spice Cutouts
Through all the years I’ve been baking, I’ve never come across a pumpkin cookie recipe that you can actually cut out with cookie cutters. (Most I’ve found are drop cookies.) Each bite tastes just like pumpkin pie—delicious! —Marion Kearley, Ladner, British ColumbiaGo to Recipe
Pumpkin pie does not have to be difficult to make. This recipe has wonderful maple flavor and is sure to be a hit at your fall get-togethers. —Marty Rummel, Trout Lake, WashingtonGo to Recipe
Your trick-or-treaters will love these spooktacular pockets with silly grins. The savory filling is perfectly spiced, and the refrigerated pie crust makes prep easy.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, WisconsinGo to RecipeTaste of Home
Great Pumpkin Brownie
Our kids beg for these big brownies every year. I just bake brownie batter in a pizza pan, spread with orange-tinted frosting and let the kids design a pumpkin stem and jack-o’-lantern face using candy. —Darla Wester, Meriden, IowaGo to Recipe
I pieced two fluted tube pan cakes together to make this gap-toothed grinner that will make the best-ever centerpiece at your Halloween party. —Julianne Johnson, Grove City, MinnesotaGo to RecipeTaste of Home
Set out a variety of toppings and let the kids decorate their pumpkin-head pizzas. It will be so much fun that they won’t realize that they’re eating their veggies! —Rachel DeVault, Grove City, OhioGo to Recipe
Cream-Filled Pumpkin Cupcakes
Here’s a charming use for pumpkin. Bursting with flavor and plenty of eye-catching appeal, these sweet and spicy filled cupcakes are bound to dazzle your family any time of the year. —Ali Johnson, Petersburg, PennsylvaniaGo to RecipeTaste of Home
Hosting a Halloween party? Use a cookie cutter to easily cut these homemade chocolate brownies into pumpkin shapes, then give them personality with orange, black and green frosting. Our grandchildren think these are great. —Flo Burtnett, Gage, OklahomaGo to Recipe
Halloween Peanut Butter Cookie Pops
A miniature candy bar is hidden inside these fun pops. Colored frosting and candy faces make these addicting cookie pops the perfect Halloween treat. —Martha Hoover, Coatesville, PennsylvaniaGo to RecipeTaste of Home
A slice into this fun pumpkin-shaped dessert reveals a moist banana cake inside. A tempting nut filling joins two cakes to form the pumpkin. Decorating is easy with orange-tinted frosting. We use it as a birthday cake, but it also would be nice following a special fall meal. —Julianne Johnson, Grove City, MinnesotaGo to RecipeTaste of Home
Giant Cupcake Pumpkin
Make a smiley statement by decorating a whole tray of cupcakes. Once everyone’s seen the big picture, they can all take a treat. —Gena Lott, Ogden, UtahGo to Recipe
Pumpkin-Shaped Cheese Ball
Everyone will get a kick out of this creamy, savory spread. The zippy cheddar ball can be made a day ahead. —Suzanne McKinley, Lyons, GeorgiaGo to Recipe
Everyone makes popcorn balls at Christmas, but it’s really fun to make them for other occasions, too. The jack-o’-lantern faces on the pumpkins are so cute! —Ruth Peterson, Jenison, MichiganGo to RecipeTaste of Home
Pumpkin Caramel Cupcakes
Not only do kids love to eat these cupcakes, they can help bake them, too. To make things even easier for them, we got the idea to dunk them in premade caramel apple dip instead of using frosting. —Donna Schaab, Belleville, IllinoisGo to RecipeTaste of Home
Peter Peter Pumpkin Bars
Sweet tooths will polish off these wonderful bars. They have a delicious orange frosting and can be decorated with candy pumpkins.—Barb Schlafer, Appleton, WisconsinGo to RecipeTaste of Home
Halloween Party Cutout Cookies
I’ve been making these Halloween cookies for about 40 years—first for my children and now my grandchildren and all their friends, too. I make about 20 trays a year to give away to trick-or-treaters. —Pamela Shank, Parkersburg, West VirginiaGo to Recipe
Autumn Harvest Pumpkin Pie
This is the best holiday pie I’ve ever tasted, with apple butter, orange and maple flavors mingling with the pumpkin. I use fresh pumpkin if I have a little extra time. —Stan Strom, Gilbert, ArizonaGo to Recipe
Pumpkin Cookie Pops
These cookie pops are a great way to liven up a Halloween party. Kids love them! —Taste of Home Test KitchenGo to RecipeTaste of Home
Mini Pretzel Pumpkins
Folks are sure to share some tricks in order to get some of these pleasing pumpkin-shaped treats. —Taste of Home Test KitchenGo to Recipe
Mini Meringue Pumpkins
Cast a sweet spell over your Halloween party guests by making a pumpkin patch’s worth of treats. It’s easy to use this basic meringue recipe spiced with pumpkin flavor to scare up fun cookies. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, WisconsinGo to RecipeTaste of Home
Mini Maple Pumpkin Pies
I love to bake with my children, and this is one recipe my 3-year-old can help me make. We use our own maple syrup. Create your own designs for eyes and grins on these pumpkins, just like when you carve a jack-o’-lantern! —Allison Wilmarth, Forest City, PennsylvaniaGo to Recipe