If your holiday traditions include watching It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, you’re in for a shock. The classic Halloween show won’t air on network TV this year. But, there’s still a way you can watch it.
For the last 54 years, this Peanuts mini-film has aired on network television every Halloween. This year, though, it’s moved exclusively to the Apple+ streaming service.
If you’re a subscriber, you can stream the show now. But all hope isn’t lost for those who don’t have Apple+! The service will let you watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown for free Oct. 30-Nov. 1, and then the free pumpkin fest is over.
If you want a physical copy to avoid these shenanigans this year and in the future, you can pick one up on Amazon or at Target.
Apple will be giving the same treatment to other classic Peanuts films, including A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas. They’ll be on Apple+ later this year, including the brief free period.
This move might not come as a surprise to those who’d heard Apple+ is launching a Peanuts series in January. The new Snoopy-based show was created to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Peanuts.