The program will be available exclusively on Apple TV+ this year.

By Emily VanSchmus /
October 21, 2020
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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 it isn't expected to air on broadcast TV this year.

Instead, "It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" will be available exclusively on Apple TV+. Normally, you'd need a subscription to watch the special, but the streaming platform will offer it for free from Oct. 30 through Nov. 1.

"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.

The film has been released on Apple TV+, so if you're already a subscriber, you can start watching now. If you don't have access to the streaming service and don't want to wait, 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 ($10, Amazon) to watch it on repeat all season long.

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 stream it for free from Oct. 30 through Nov. 1.

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.

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.

This story originally appeared on Better Homes & Gardens.