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10 Best Moments Of "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown"

It's that time of year again! The 1966 Peanuts Halloween special never fails to charm us. Why? Let us count the ways (in order of appearance).

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1. The Opening

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This special is awesome right from the first. We open on a quintessential fall setting and the now iconic "Linus and Lucy" theme, as brother and sister walk pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. From Lucy's bossiness, to Linus's horror at the sight of "pumpkin brutality," the opening captures the Peanuts brand of humor it is loved for.

2. CHARGE!

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We've all walked past that nicely raked pile of leaves and wanted to jump in it. Linus just happens to give in to that impulse, and it is epic!

3. The Football Gag

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Ah, the football gag. The never-ending struggle of Charlie Brown to kick Lucy's football dates back to 1951, but this was the first animated special to show it. We may not like what Lucy does, but we've got to admit, the way she pulls it off is clever. Perhaps she grew up to be a lawyer!

4. Linus Gets a Slam Dunk... in the Mailbox

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In mailing his letter to the Great Pumpkin, Linus knows he has to get creative. So what does he do? Use his security blanket to open it for him! Now that is style!

5. Charlie Brown's Victory Dance

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In one of his few moments of joy, Charlie Brown gets his first invitation to a Halloween party and dances in celebration. Of course, Lucy has to go and ruin it for him a moment later, but the dance is still funny.

6. Snoopy vs. The Red Baron

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In one of the greatest (and most literal) flights of fantasy in animation, Snoopy takes flight atop his doghouse as the World War I Flying Ace, going up against the Red Baron in an epic (though mostly implied) mid-air battle. That dog has mad role-play skills!

7. Snoopy Gets Emotional

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Snoopy, still as the World War I Flying Ace, listens to Schroeder playing war anthems and gets very into it. Let's be honest, his howl at the end just makes the scene, not to mention the baton twirling!

8. It's the Great Pumpkin!... Or Not.

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After Linus gets excited over a false alarm (aka Snoopy), Sally goes off on a hilarious rant about how she missed her first Halloween because of him. As they say, the fury in a woman's scorn is nothing compared to the fury of a woman who has been cheated out of tricks or treats!

9. Lucy Goes Back for Linus

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In a surprisingly sweet moment, when Lucy realizes Linus still hasn't come back from the pumpkin patch, she gets dressed, goes out, and brings her brother home. Cue the sibling feels <3

10. Linus Gets the Last Word

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Just when you think Linus is beat, Charlie Brown accidentally incites him and he goes off on a rant that he'll try again next year (that goes on so long, it exceeds the credits!) That's Linus for you - he may seem like a pushover, but he's as stubborn as his sister!

There you go, the 10 Best Moments of "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown"! Hope I didn't forget your favorites.

Well, maybe just one more ....

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It just had to be said. Happy Halloween!

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