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->''"Everyone tells me you are a fake, but I believe in you. P.S.: If you really are a fake, don't tell me. I don't want to know."''
-->--'''Linus van Pelt'''

This is not a HalloweenSpecial. It's ''[[TropeCodifier the]]'' Halloween special.

'''''It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown''''' first aired on Creator/{{CBS}} in 1966, based on the comic strip ''{{Peanuts}}'' by Charles M. Schulz. It was the second holiday-themed ''Peanuts'' special after the sensation that was ''ACharlieBrownChristmas'', and is nearly as beloved today.

As night falls on Halloween, Linus is headed for the local pumpkin patch and, he hopes, the arrival of the Great Pumpkin -- a Halloween analogue to SantaClaus that only he believes in. While he and Charlie Brown's sister Sally (who has a crush on him) wait on the Great Pumpkin, the other kids trick-or-treat and attend a party, and Snoopy is off on his own pretending to be a WorldWarOne flying ace.
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!!'''''It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown'' contains examples of:'''
* BerserkButton: In the last scene and ClosingCredits, when Charlie Brown tries to comfort Linus by relating, "I've also done a lot of stupid things in my life", Linus berates him, through all of the closing credits.
** Also, Sally after realizing that they've wasted Halloween night in a pumpkin patch (see WomanScorned below).
* BootstrappedTheme: The music from the title sequence, "Linus and Lucy", is often considered the ''Peanuts'' theme song.
* ButtMonkey: Poor Charlie Brown.
** "Thank you, Charlie Brown, you were a very good model."
** "I got a rock."
* ComedicSociopathy: As noted elsewhere, in order for Charlie Brown to get a bagful of rocks while trick-or-treating there has to be an entire town full of adults who would ''give'' a kid a rock.
** Who would give one ''specific'' kid a rock, while all the others get what sounds like great candy
* ExpressiveMask: Lucy's witch mask [[PuppyDogEyes loses its scowl]] while she asks for extra candy she can give to Linus later.
* {{Fainting}}: Linus faints when he thinks he sees the Great Pumpkin coming (it's actually Snoopy).
* FantasySequence: "Here's the World War I Flying Ace climbing into the cockpit of his Sopwith Camel..."
** Then after he's shot down: "Here's the World War I Flying Ace imagining he's down behind enemy lines, making his way across the French countryside."
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: A mild one (this is Peanuts, after all), but Linus talks around saying the word 'hell' (see WomanScorned, below)
* IGotARock: The TropeNamer.
* {{Jerkass}}: Every single neighbor who gave poor Charlie Brown a rock.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Lucy is her usual crabby self here, mocking Linus for believing in the Great Pumpkin. However, she does ask for candy for him too when she goes trick-or-treating (albeit begrudgingly), and when he does not return home from the pumpkin patch by 4:00 A.M., she gets out of bed, walks out to the pumpkin patch, leads her brother home and puts him to bed.
** More than that- it wasn't that he just wasn't home, she ''set her alarm'' to make sure he got to bed.
* KickTheDog: Again, the neighbors that give all the kids candy but keep giving Charlie Brown rocks.
* LongRunners: It's only one special, but considering how long it's been on TV? It ''definitely'' counts.
* LoopholeAbuse: Lucy gets Charlie Brown to kick the football by showing him a document saying she won't pull it away when he kicks. Turns out the document wasn't notarized.
* NotOnTheList: Lucy believes Charlie Brown got invited to the Halloween party by mistake, being put on the list of people to invite rather than the one of people ''not'' to invite.
* OffModel: This special was produced cheaply and quickly; the animation suffered as a result.
* RecursiveCanon: At one point Lucy is shown reading an issue of ''TVGuide'' with her own picture on the cover.
* ShoutOut: Snoopy's imagination sequence about being shot down and trekking to the Halloween party references ''Film/{{Wings}}''.
** Writing to the Great Pumpkin, Linus notes that not as many people believe in him as Santa Claus, then adds, "But being number two, perhaps you try harder." This is a reference to a well-known advertising slogan used by Avis Rent-a-Car in the '60s.
* TheSpeechless: Snoopy may be a dog who can't talk, but he seems to be treated as good as human by the rest of the cast.
* TheUnseen: The Red Baron, as well as all adults. And, [[ItWasHisSled of course]], the Great Pumpkin himself.
* ViewersAreGeniuses: How many watching the show realize that when Snoopy smiles, smiles, smiles as Schroeder is playing "Pack Up Your Troubles," he is doing so in response to the lyrics of the song?
** Well, perhaps the [[ParentalBonus parents]] did at the time. Or grandparents, at least.
* WomanScorned: Parodied when Sally flips out at Linus for convincing her that the Great Pumpkin exists:
-->'''Linus:''' You've heard about fury and a woman scorned, haven't you?
-->'''Charlie Brown:''' Yes, I guess I have.
-->'''Linus:''' Well, that's nothing compared to the fury of a woman who has been cheated out of tricks-or-treats.
* WorldWarI: Snoopy famously costumes himself as a WorldWarI Flying Ace, and seems to have been somehow transported into the 1910s until he actually enters the house where the Halloween party is being held. Schroeder there plays him a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5vCy3TO7S8 medley]] of WWI era tunes: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVM-tFAdADg It's a Long Way to Tipperary]]"; "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WdCCNXL6Uc There's a Long, Long Trail A-Winding]]"; "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0wycVPR_nI Pack Up Your Troubles In the Old Kit Bag]]"; and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZ87ICmR-2k Roses of Picardy]]."
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