It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a 1966 American prime time animated television special based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. A Halloween special, it was the third Peanuts special, and the second holiday-themed special, to be created. It was developed by Schulz along with director/animator Bill Melendez and producer Lee Mendelson. The special features music composed by jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi, whose contributions include the theme song "Linus and Lucy". It aired on broadcast television every year from its debut in 1966 until 2020 when it became an Apple TV+ exclusive.
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown follows the children of the Peanuts comics as they celebrate Halloween, while Linus Van Pelt forgoes celebrations to wait in a pumpkin patch for the mythical Great Pumpkin. Its sequence following Snoopy as a World War I flying ace and its depiction of Lucy Van Pelt pulling a football away from Charlie Brown have both become widely recognized in pop cultur