If you really run with Death of the Author, it works in reverse as well, as a criticism of religion. Linus makes a fool of himself in front of his more rational friends, misses out on the fun of trick-or-treating and the party, convinces Sally to do the same against her better judgement which she later regrets (and turns her feelings against him), embarrassingly mistakes a mundane event for a supernatural one due to his intense zeal, and is only saved from hypothermia, due to refusing to leave even long enough to get warmer clothing, by the intervention of Lucy. And yet after all that, he refuses to accept how wrong he is, even in the face of the overwhelming evidence, and if anything, continues to believe even more strongly.
Fridge Brilliance: Charlie Brown getting an invitation to Violet's party wasn't a mistake. Most likely, her parents found out about the "do-not-invite" list, and made her invite everyone on that list because they viewed the list as a form of bullying.
Fridge Horror: The Great Pumpkin didn't appear because that was the huge pumpkin Lucy and Linus selected to be their Jack-o-lantern!
Hope Spot: Some of the candy which Lucy collected for Linus might have ended up as Sally's recompensation for wasting Halloween in the pumpkin patch, if she decided to follow through on her threat...
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).
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, which shows the kids in their costumes running around in terror from huge, ghostly Halloween monsters like skeletons, witches, and big black cats. They eventually hide in a pumpkin patch, but the sequence ends with an Ominous Owl flying at the screen. The whole thing is a Disney Acid Sequence and Big-Lipped Alligator Moment, to boot.
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.
It could also just be a practical joke, I do not think it is as extreme as that, and it was just *three* houses.
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.