It’s Not Halloween Until You Watch ‘It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ — Here’s How!

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Since premiering in 1966, “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” is synonymous with Halloween. Every October, kids and adults alike eagerly anticipate the classic animated film airing on TV. This year, the movie is airing on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. So mark your calendars or set those DVRs now!

If you don’t have access to ABC and want your “Great Pumpkin” fix this year, it’s available for purchase on Amazon Video for $9.99 or you can purchase the DVD from Amazon for $10.23.

Last year, “Great Pumpkin” marked its 50th anniversary and in celebration, more than 90 farms across America built corn mazes that featured “Peanuts” characters from the movie. The mazes were designed by The MAiZE Inc., a company that specializes in corn design and cutting.

Check out this picture of their handiwork in Chino, California:

Never seen “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”? The movie is family fun for all ages! On Halloween night, Linus (the “Peanut” who’s always carrying around his security blanket) is awaiting the arrival of the “Great Pumpkin,” which is due to show up in the town’s pumpkin patch.

The Great Pumpkin is a fabled holiday character, like Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny, so not everyone believes it’s real. Along with Charlie Brown’s little sister, Sally, Linus attempts to prove that the Great Pumpkin does, in fact, exist.

Here’s a clip of the intro, as posted by YouTube user Mike Allard:

Even if you think you know the holiday classic inside and out, there are likely a few things that will surprise you. For example, did you know the voice of Snoopy is performed by the film’s director, Bill Melendez? He continued to voice the cartoon pup for 40 years. You learn something new every day!

Whether you’re just experiencing the film’s magic for the first time, or you’ve loved it for decades, make sure you enjoy “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” at least once this Halloween season!