* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: The score, by Music/VinceGuaraldi and John Scott Trotter, is full of memorable cues. Also, the reprise of "Linus and Lucy" from ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas'' is even better with that little flute bit added.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: See the opening title sequence in the Nightmare Fuel entry.
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: [[http://www.reverseshot.com/archive/entry/206/its_the_great_pumpkin_charlie_brown You bet.]] Although the notion of the Great Pumpkin as a religious metaphor was apparently {{Jossed}} by Schulz himself.
* FridgeBrilliance: 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.
* FridgeHorror: The Great Pumpkin didn't appear because that was the huge pumpkin Lucy and Linus selected to be their Jack-o-lantern!
* HopeSpot: 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...
* JustHereForGodzilla[=/=]MemeticMutation: "I got a rock."
* NarmCharm: 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).
* NightmareFuel:
** 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, clearly terrified, from Halloween monsters like skeletons, witches, and big black cats. They eventually hide in a pumpkin patch, but it ends with an OminousOwl flying at the screen. The whole thing is a DisneyAcidSequence and BigLippedAlligatorMoment, to boot.
** Completely justified, of course, since this ''is'' a HalloweenSpecial we're talking about.
* TheWoobie: 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.
*** [[{{Fridge Logic}} They may just hate Charlie Brown's costume. It's a mess.]]
** 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.
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