How to watch It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Halloween special

It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
(Image credit: Peanuts Worldwide)

While ghouls and frights are what many people are looking for with their Halloween TV viewing, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown features all your favorite characters — Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy and the whole gang — in a story that has remained a holiday classic for more than 50 years. 

Airing most of those years on TV, the way to watch It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown has changed. But don't worry, you can find out where and how you can watch this Charlie Brown holiday special (one of three alongside A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas) right here.

How to watch It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown in the US

For years, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown would air on ABC as a family-friendly Halloween treat. But as streaming continues to expand its reach, the Charlie Brown holiday specials was a big pickup for one of the major streamers. Apple TV Plus to be exact.

Apple TV Plus is the exclusive place to watch these classic Charlie Brown specials in 2023. If you want to sign up for Apple TV Plus to watch Charlie Brown (or any other Apple TV Plus shows ), a subscription to the service costs $6.99 per month, but there is an Apple TV Plus free trial available. If you've recently bought a new Apple device, you can get Apple TV Plus for free for three months.

However, non-subscribers to Apple TV plus can also watch the holiday special, for free too, for a limited time: from Saturday, October 21, to Sunday, October 22.

How to watch the Charlie Brown Halloween special in the UK and Europe

The Charlie Brown Halloween special is available — along with other adventures from the Peanuts gang — on Apple TV Plus in the UK and in 30-plus countries across Europe.

Is the Charlie Brown Halloween special on Netflix?

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is not available on Netflix. It is streaming exclusively on Apple TV Plus.

How to watch It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown from anywhere

Apple TV Plus is available in a whopping 107 countries around the world but, obviously, that still means there will be places where you can't get your fix of feel-good fun. So, if you're a subscriber but it's not available in the country you're currently visiting, a good VPN might well be the way to rectify things. 

A VPN is a handy piece of software that allows you to change your IP address so your mobile, computer, or laptop thinks it's in another location. This means you can watch your favorite show or film — when you’re away from home.

A virtual private network tunnels all your network traffic through a specific set of servers through a specific country, which is the next best thing to actually being back home for Halloween. We've been longtime fans of ExpressVPN (voted best in the world by our colleagues at TechRadar) as it's fast, secure and offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Phil Nickinson

Phil spent his 20s in the newsroom of the Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, his 30s on the road for and Mobile Nations and is the Dad part of Modern Dad.

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