YMMV / It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

  • Awesome Music: The score, by Vince Guaraldi and John Scott Trotter, is full of memorable cues. Also, the reprise of "Linus and Lucy" from A Charlie Brown Christmas is even better with that little flute bit added.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: You bet. Although the notion of the Great Pumpkin as a religious metaphor was apparently Jossed by Schulz himself.
  • Fridge Horror: The Great Pumpkin didn't appear because that was the huge pumpkin Lucy and Linus selected to be their Jack-o-lantern!
  • Just Here for Godzilla/Memetic Mutation: "I got a rock."
  • Narm Charm: Some of the children providing the voices were too young to understand their lines, resulting in the classic awkward delivery that later became a staple of all Peanuts specials (the lines you hear are often a composite patched together from several different takes).
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The whole "Snoopy shot down behind enemy lines" sequence. That eerie flute music (coupled with the distant gunfire and air-raid siren) doesn't help.
    • Not to mention the opening title sequence, especially the Ominous Owl at the very end.
    • Completely justified, of course, since this is a Halloween Special we're talking about.
  • The Woobie: Linus, when he is still freezing in the pumpkin patch at 4 a.m.
    • And, as always, Charlie Brown. Apparently this child is even deeply hated by adults, so much so that they would all give him a rock as opposed to candy.
    • Schroeder plays some WWI songs for Snoopy. Snoopy dances to the music, but when Schroeder plays a couple of sad songs, poor Snoopy starts crying so hard that he leaves the party. It just makes you want to give Snoopy a hug.