Celebrating 50 Years of It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

October marks the start of my favorite time of year. The temperature cools down (and YES we have had the best fall breeze these past couple mornings in Florida), the festive movie watching begins, and let’s face it, a lot of eating’s happening between Halloween celebrations + candy (and before we know it, Thanksgiving and Christmas)!

But this October is extra special because it marks a HUGE milestone in the history of Peanuts. The 50th anniversary of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! Hard to believe that Linus has been waiting around for the Great Pumpkin for 50 years, huh?!


The Giveaway

I’m really excited to team up with Peanuts this month to give away a set of goodies in honor of Halloween and the beloved TV special’s 50th anniversary!

One lucky winner will get a Linus and Snoopy salt and pepper shaker set from Hallmark, an It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown coloring set (with 10 colored pencils and 46 illustrated cards to color), AND the snuggliest 55×70 Snoopy “velvetsoft” blanket.

All that’s left for you to do is queue up the special, and pick up some snacks. Then you’re good to go for the perfect fall night in! I know I can’t wait to have a Halloween movie marathon this month!

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

If you don’t own It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown digitally, be sure to set your DVRs for next Wednesday, October 19 at 8 p.m. EST (and PST) on ABC!

Do you have an annual Halloween tradition? What’s your favorite movie to watch this time of year?

I received these items as a Peanuts Ambassador. All opinions are my own.
  • I can’t wait to watch with my husband and 2-year-old! It’s such a cute movie. I also love Hocus Pocus and visiting a pumpkin patch.

    • I hope they enjoy it! Hocus Pocus and the pumpkin patch are my favorites too :)

  • Candy Kage

    I have a little brother (50) who would love those pj’s. He is still of fan of the great pumpkin.

  • Sarah Jean

    What a cute giveaway!! My husband loves the Great Pumpkin lol

    • Thank you! It’s such a great special, I love all of the Peanuts things!

  • Is there a way to cheat and enter 5 billion times!?!?!?!?!?! JK, but oh my gosh I wanna win so bad. I am kind of obsessed with The Great Pumpkin. My family didn’t celebrate Halloween growing up and the only thing we did was watch The Great Pumpkin. LOVE IT!

    • Haha, so glad to hear that. What a great tradition!

  • oh my goodness that blanket is ADORABLE!!!

    I LOVE watching the halloween peanuts special (oh lets be real, I just love Charlie Brown anything) I can’t believe it’s been 50 years that’s incredible.

    Even if I don’t win I think I know someone who needs this blanket…

    Laura @ http://www.cookwineandthinker.com

    • Isn’t it?! It’s SO cozy too! You’re so right about the Peanuts specials – they’re all great! I can’t wait for the Christmas one just around the corner :)

  • I love The Great Pumpkin, and let’s be real, ANY Charlie Brown movie! What a fun giveaway!

  • Emily Bendler

    This is so cute. We just introduced this movie to my 3 year old!
    We love creating family costumes each Halloween and this year my son picked the theme. We also love to watch Nightmare Before Christmas!

    • Aww yay! Do the kids like it? What are you guys going as for Halloween this year? I love the idea of family costumes!

  • Abbey Phipps

    I don’t really love Halloween, but I LOVE dressing up! I worked as a teacher for 2 years, and homecoming week and Halloween were the highlights of my year! ;) I really love watching The Great Pumpkin at Halloween! :)

    • How fun! What were some of your favorite costumes? I’m a big fan of the Halloween-time movies. The Great Pumpkin is such a classic!

      • Abbey Phipps

        It wasn’t for Halloween, but during homecoming we had “Throwback Thursday” and I dressed up as a dinosaur! Ha! I thought it was hilarious. My high schoolers didn’t agree but they’re mostly party poopers anyway. ;)

  • I love this season and weather as well! I call it Fall Time Fabulous! My favorite movie is Hocus Pocus! It’s just something about those witches and that talking cat!

    • It really is! That’s one of my favorites too – rumor has it they’re working on a sequel!

  • 50 year! Wow, that is crazy! I loved this movie as a kid, we watched it every year I swear! Always a family tradition!

    • So great to hear, Christy! It’s one of my favorite things to watch this time of year too!

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    We watch this movie and carve pumpkins! It’s a total mess and so much fun. Last year my daughter was just over a year and we took all her clothes off, so she was just in a diaper, and she had pumpkin guts all over her. It was hilarious!

    • Haha, that sounds like such a fun tradition! Pumpkin carving is no joke when it comes to mess :)

  • Courtney Patterson

    We watch this movie every year. It’s one of the best traditions we’ve kept since my daughter was born. Super fun giveaway!

    • It definitely is a great tradition! Love that it’s one you started with your family!

  • I always loved watching this growing up. I can’t wait to pass the tradition down when I have kids!

  • Greta Hollar

    Such a fun holiday themed post!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  • Emilee W.

    What a fun giveaway! It’s a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is the best!

  • Amy Cooley

    Our family loves watching the Great Pumpkin cartoon. We will probably stay home this year since my boys are getting older.

    • So glad to hear that! I hope you get some trick or treaters – it seems like there aren’t as many out there nowadays!

  • This is so nice!! I can’t believe it’s been 50 years! I love CB.

    Corsica | kissesfromcarolina.com

    • Thank you! I can’t believe it’s been 50 years either – it’s such a timeless classic!

  • Aww I love that movie!! Such a fun classic. I can’t believe it’s 50 years old!

    • Isn’t it?! I can’t believe it’s been so long either!

  • Justine Y

    We love Peanuts and we love It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!! But wow, 50 years?!

    • Same! And I know.. I can’t believe it either! Time’s flying!

  • Robert Stukowski

    I love Peanuts. The Great Pumpkin was always a fun tradition. 50 years is a long time, and I hope we will be watching it for at least 50 years more.

    • I really hope so too (and think we will)! Peanuts is the best!

  • My mom’s favorite :) so cute

  • We love this! Family tradition. Always seems to be the official end to harvest before all the holidays are on tv!

    • So glad to hear it! This one really does kick off all of the best TV specials and movies for the rest of the year!

  • Stephanie Scales Campbell

    My family tradition is to take the kids to fall festivals in the area and decorate for halloween.The Great Pumpkin has always been my favorite!

    • That sounds like a blast! I love going to fall festivals too!

  • Carmody

    My family tradition is my daddy puts up awesome Halloween decor and the whole family goes trick-or-treating!! Sometimes we go to Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween at Disney!!

  • Julie Waldron

    Our tradition is going to my Mom’s church to help pass out candy. We like It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

    • How nice! Do you get a lot of trick-or-treaters? It seems like there aren’t as many kids out these days!

      • Julie Waldron

        Yes, we almost always run out of candy.

  • I love watching old movies like What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Thanks for the giveaway! – HilLesha

    • I love old movies too! I don’t think I’ve seen that one though, I’ll have to check it out!

  • Laurajj

    Oh our favorite is Its The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown! Our little one actually wants to watch this all year round! He just loves it! For traditions, we always get a pumpkin shaped pizza on Halloween Night!

    • What an awesome tradition! I had no idea pizza places did that. And so great that your little one loves it so much!

  • Crystal McCord

    We love watching The great pumpkin.

  • Cami Valenzuela

    I lovw hocus pocus and our traditional is going to the pumpkin patch and baking the seeds

    • Such fun traditions! Baking pumpkin seeds is the best!

  • Amy Heffernan

    We always like to enjoy a traditional halloween movie like Snoopys!

  • Christine Murray

    Hocus Pocus

  • michelle tremblett

    we love the great pumpkin as well as Hocus pocus, such great movies ! We usually take the kids out around six and back home for 8 to hand out treats, my kids love handing out the candy

    • That sounds like so much fun! This time of year is the best!

  • Have you already announced a winner?

    • I have. Stay tuned.. I should have another fun Peanuts giveaway coming up as we get closer to Christmas :)