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Stream It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Free This Year

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It’s no trick, Peanuts fans … you can watch It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown for free during Halloween (or whenever).

Of course, it used to be really easy to watch because ABC used to broadcast the 25-minute program every year. But as of 2020, that’s not a thing anymore because streaming service Apple TV Plus bought all the rights to the Peanuts specials.

So unless you want to pay for an Apple TV Plus subscription, you’re out of luck, right? Wrong! Hang on to your pumpkins; we found ways for you to see it without paying a cent!

Here are the best ways to watch It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown for free:


Non-subscribers can stream Peanuts specials free for a limited time on Apple TV Plus.

Snoopy popping out of a pumpkin that reads, "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" with Peanuts characters in the background.

Courtesy of PBS | Facebook

If you don’t have Apple TV Plus, don’t worry. The streaming service announced they’ll let non-subscribers access It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and their other holiday specials on limited schedules.

During the dates below, non-subscribers can download Apple TV Plus and watch the specials without signing up for a subscription.

It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: Oct. 28-31

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving: Nov. 23-27

A Charlie Brown Christmas: Dec. 22-25


You can get Apple TV Plus free for 90 days from Best Buy.

A person holding a mug of coffee and browsing through the Apple TV products on Best Buy's website.

You can get Apple Plus TV for 90 days thanks to Best Buy.

New and returning subscribers can head to, get a free subscription, and access It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, plus hundreds of other movies and TV shows.

Here’s how you can get your free 90-day Apple TV Plus subscription:

  • Head to and sign into your account (you can create one for free if you don’t have one).
  • Search for Apple TV Plus; add the free deal to your cart.
  • Go to your cart and check out (the total will be $0).
  • Sign in to your account (you can make one if you don’t have one — it’s free!).
  • You’ll be prompted to fill out payment information, but you won’t get charged.
  • Once you’ve made your purchase, the digital download will get sent to the email you used.
  • Set up your Apple TV Plus account, and remember, once the 90 days pass, you’ll be charged, so cancel it if you don’t want it.


Watch the Charlie Brown Halloween special with a free 7-day Apple TV Plus trial.

A still from the preview of It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown Halloween special on the Apple TV+ website.

Now that Apple TV Plus has the rights to everything Peanuts, this is the only surefire way you’ll get to watch the Charlie Brown Halloween special.

However, if you don’t want to pay $4.99 a month for an Apple TV Plus subscription, you can watch it for free with a 7-day trial.

Just go on the Apple TV Plus website, sign up for a trial, and remember to cancel it on the seventh day.

We’ve got a long list of free streaming services.


You can get Apple TV Plus for 90 days when you buy any Apple device.

A person using a laptop looking at the Apple TV website.

If you get a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, or Mac, you’ll get a free 90-day Apple TV Plus trial.

Don’t buy a device just for the trial, but if you or someone you know gets a new Apple product, don’t forget that it comes with the trial.

Here’s how you set up your free 90-day Apple TV Plus trial:

  • Turn on your new Apple product and log in with your Apple ID.
  • Open the Apple TV app.
  • You should see the free trial offer pop up on the app. If you don’t, go to the Apple TV+ tab and see it.
  • Tap “Enjoy 3 Months Free” and watch It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.



Watch It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown free on YouTube or SchoolTube.

YouTube TV displayed on an iPad that is being held up.

We did the find It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on YouTube and SchoolTube.

But we don’t know how long it’ll be there because of copyright laws, so watch it while you can … and if you dare.


Use free Amazon credits to get It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown free on DVD.

The movie cover for It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown Halloween special

You can buy the It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown DVD on Amazon for $8.53.

And we have lots of ways you can get free Amazon credit. One way is to use Amazon Reload for a free $12 credit; you’ll even have money leftover!

For more ideas, check out eight different ways we found to get free Amazon credits.


You can’t watch It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown on PBS this year.

PBS tweets about Charlie Brown special

It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown doesn’t broadcast on ABC anymore, and you won’t be able to catch it on PBS or PBS Kids this year.

In 2021, Apple partnered with PBS so that people could watch the special for one night only on both PBS and PBS Kids, but PBS announced in response to a tweet that the deal had expired.

“Regretfully, PBS does not have the rights to distribute the Peanuts specials this year. We’ll all have to watch for the Great Pumpkin in a different pumpkin patch this Halloween,” they said.



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