Many people recall a very different version of the Charlie Brown Halloween Special.
This topic was raised in July 2015 by David, who said:
My real addition to this is my experience with “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”. I recently got a VHS copy and watched it on Halloween. I remember seeing it as a child, and I remember a final scene where Linus and his sister are in the pumpkin patch. In my memory, Linus falls asleep, and the great pumpkin appears. His sister tries to wake him up, but he sleeps through it. In the ending, she tells him he missed it, and he says something to the extent of trying to see the Great Pumpkin next year. I have clear memories of this scene, and what the great pumpkin looks like. I was very surprised on my.recent viewing to find that this does not happen at all.
I phoned my mother to discuss this, and she remembered the scene clearly as well.
Thanks for the comments! I’m 100% certain about the ending of the Charlie Brown Halloween Special. The Great Pumpkin (not just a shadow of Snoopy) definitely made an appearance. There isn’t a glimmer of doubt in my mind.
We’ll need to see if they changed the ending for later releases. (I checked Wikipedia. They list cut and changed scenes, but nothing like what you and I recall. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%27s_the_Great_Pumpkin,_Charlie_Brown. I’ll keep looking because I’m absolutely certain of the ending, and I can’t think of another Charlie Brown special that I might be confusing with it.)
Weird or ME agreed:
The Great Pumpkin appears! even my dad could remember that lol
Lebaneser Scrooge offered this insight:
I never saw the Charlie Brown Halloween special, but the creators of The Simpsons did, and they seem to remember the pumpkin coming alive. See season 20 episode 4, Treehouse of Horrors.
Well, I’ve never seen a full episode of The Simpsons, and not even part of that episode, so that didn’t influence my memories.
Martin Williams said about the Charlie Brown special:
And i am pretty sure we see the great pumpkin on every year.
I think he’s agreeing that he’s seen the Great Pumpkin appear. (If I’m wrong, Martin, let me know.)
In a private comment, someone remembered Charlie Brown’s creator as Charles Schultz — as many people do — but recalled that the Great Pumpkin was actually Snoopy.
That’s what I see in the clip at YouTube (https://youtu.be/EAer30q8FXo ), below (for as long as it’s at YouTube, anyway). I’ve watched that clip a couple of times, and most of it is new to me. The version I recall included a great Great Pumpkin.
And, today, M asked:
Does anyone else remember during “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” that the great pumpkin actually did appear?
Steve M. agreed:
Indeed, I remember it vividly. Linus waited in the pumpkin patch, enduring ridicule from his friends. Later, after his friends abandoned him and he was left alone and shivering in the pumpkin patch, the Great Pumpkin did appear. It rose over the horizon / from the ground and Linus was smiling and content.
Because this is a seasonal interest and many people are watching It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on TV (in the US, it’s usually on ABC), DVD, or via a streaming service (not free, but Amazon Prime has it), I’m making this a separate topic, and moving some of the comments to this article.