Why is the Charlie Brown ‘Great Pumpkin’ special not on TV in 2020? Let’s get the decision explained as fans flock to Twitter.

If you love celebrating spooky season then we suspect you have a number of Halloween traditions to help make October extra special.

From pumpkin carving to baking horror-themed treats, there are lots of little rituals which make Halloween a holiday worth celebrating.

On the other hand, genre fans will agree that this time relies on one thing more than others: good films.

Halloween staples include John Carpenter’s classic, Trick ‘r Treat, Scream, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre… you name it.

However, there are some titles which the family can all sit down and enjoy, like the beloved Hocus Pocus.

Although, for something a little quicker, arguably no Halloween is complete without a viewing of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

The 1966 special is a bonafide classic and usually airs on TV annually, but not this year…

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Why is the Charlie Brown ‘Great Pumpkin’ special not on TV in 2020?

  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown won’t air on TV in 2020 because it’s streaming exclusively on Apple TV+.

This is highlighted by Pop Culture, which notes that the other Peanuts holiday specials will be streaming on Apple TV+ too.

These include A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas.

The decision is a result of the rights holders to the Peanuts brand’s growing partnership with Apple, the previous source clarifies.

Inevitably, people aren’t happy about it not airing on TV, but it’s not all doom and gloom!

How to watch the Charlie brown ‘Great Pumpkin’ special for free

The Peanuts Twitter page [see below] has confirmed that audiences can tune into the special over on Apple TV+ for free from Friday, October 30th to Sunday, November 1st 2020.

If you want to watch it on the service sooner, however, then you’ll have to subcribe to the service.

Nevertheless, most will be keen to watch it on the 31st, so if anything, Apple TV+ may has made the special easier to access for audiences everywhere at any time on Halloween.

Charlie Brown fans aren’t happy

Despite the above, a number of fans of the special have taken to Twitter to express their annoyance.

Check out a selection of tweets:

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