Seasonal spoiler alert. Once again this year you won't find Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang in their quest for the Great Pumpkin on network TV this Halloween season.

The timeless family classic, which premiered in 1966, will be absent from broadcast TV yet again, but that doesn't mean you won't have a chance to watch the Halloween special. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, that seasonal special that was a fixture for so many of us growing up disappeared in 2020 from network television after decades of being a fixture in living rooms everywhere, but it didn't disappear forever.

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For generations, the Peanuts gang has captured our hearts with their timeless tales of friendship, laughter, and, of course, the search for the Great Pumpkin. And this year, the tradition continues on Apple TV+. The streaming service announced they will provide special viewing free for nonsubscribers to stream the nostalgic holiday specials from Mendelson/Melendez Productions and Peanuts Worldwide.

In 2021 the Charlie Brown gang found a new home at AppleTV+, and that's where you can still find it this year. The Halloween special is set to air in October for old fans and new fans to enjoy. In addition, the streaming service announced the other Peanuts specials, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,  and the iconic “A Charlie Brown Christmas” will also be shown for all to enjoy with or without an AppleTV+ subscription.

When to Watch Your Favorite Peanuts Holiday Specials This Year

Here's the schedule for those holiday family favorites:

  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: October 21 through October 22
  • A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving: November 18 through November 19
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas: December 16 through 17

All three specials are available to subscribers now and every day. Apple TV+ has a full schedule of holiday shows for the whole family planned as well. You can check out the full run-down here. 

Whether you're a long-time fan or introducing the Peanuts gang to a new generation, there are plenty of ways to catch the Great Pumpkin special this year. It's a Halloween tradition you won't want to miss!

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