Easter is right around the corner and of course we’re celebrating with Peanuts! They sent us a great Easter package for the holiday, and one to give to a reader all to get ready for spring, Easter and of course the Easter Beagle!
We love including Snoopy and the Peanuts gang into our holidays and traditions, but none of that would be possible without the original Peanuts comic strips.
How did the Easter Beagle get started?
A Hopping Debut
- Snoopy first appeared as “the Easter Bunny” on April 14, 1968, but Charles Schulz did not give the character the name “the Easter Beagle” until three years later.
- In that first 1968 strip, Linus was the only one to witness “the Easter Bunny” dancing around the front yard and hiding eggs in the bushes—Lucy was too busy watching television to notice.
- On Sunday, April 11, 1971, the Easter Beagle made his official comic-strip debut. Again, Linus was the first one to interact with him (although it’s Lucy who gets the Beagle kiss!).
- As with the Great Pumpkin, Linus is often the Easter Beagle’s messenger in the comic strips, alerting the other characters to the upcoming appearance of the Easter Beagle.
- During his April 2, 1972 appearance, the Easter Beagle delivers eggs to the members of the Peanuts gang…but discovers his basket is empty when he gets to Charlie Brown. This idea was adapted into the animated television special.
- Fortunately, the following year, on April 22, 1973, Charlie Brown does receive an Easter egg—this time from the Easter Beagle’s assistant: Woodstock!
- After two more Easter Beagle strips in 1975 and 1976, the character made his last appearance on April 7, 1985—when Sally got the Charlie Brown treatment.
- Charles Schulz once said in an interview that the Easter Beagle was his favorite of all of Snoopy’s alter egos.
We agree with Schulz and absolutely love the Eater Beagle, and bringing him in our home for the holidays as well! You can bring the Easter Beagle into your family traditions too by entering to win this great prize package of your own!
This year, the Easter Beagle will have a variety of goodies for you in his overflowing Easter basket, including:
- An irresistible Easter Beagle porch greeter, delivering happiness to every household
- A DVD of It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown, offering holiday joy all year round
- Candy! (What Easter basket would be complete without it?) You’ll enjoy chocolate Easter eggs and delicious fruit sugar candies.
How Can You Win?
Enter to win with the form below. The mandatory entry is leaving a comment on this blog post telling me: What is your favorite Easter tradition? or what is your favorite Snoopy alter ego? If you do not do this entry – you will not win! So make sure you leave a comment and then enter using the form below!
My family goes camping every year for Easter. We bring all of the comforts of home, but we’re outdoors. It’s a ton of fun!
watching the kids easter egg hunt and we like Charlie Brown
Easter egg hunts are my favorite.
I like doing Easter egg hunts.
My favorite Snoopy alter ego is easy. It is the Flying Ace. He is the hero. Go get that Red Baron!
My favorite Easter tradition is serving brunch at my family gathering!
My favorite Easter tradition is Easter dinner.
We have a family cookout and easter egg hunt
I enjoy Easter egg hunts.
I love hiding the eggs for the kids to hunt.
We love the Easter egg hunt!
My favorite Easter tradition is Easter dinner with the family.
Coloring Easter Eggs with my 6 and 4 year old is my favorite. We started a tradition 2 years ago (my 6 year old thought of it) that we have to eat Jelly Beans while dyeing our Easter Eggs 🙂
My kids and I love the egghunt
We like to color Easter eggs and go on an Easter egg hunt. We also like to make a big dinner and watch Easter specials.
Easter egg hunts are the most fun.
I love going over to my Grandma’s for Easter Dinner with the family
Once again, I still love the Flying Ace. What is better than a heroic alter ego?
I like the red baron.
My favorite tradition is dyeing Easter Eggs. Snoopy alter ego is the Red Baron.
You should see my house. I’m PIgPen.
My favorite tradition is an Easter egg hunt at our house.
My favorite Snoopy alter ego is Joe Cool
My favorite Easter tradition is coloring and decorating eggs with the kids.
easter egg hunts with my kids
I like to surprise my kids with Easter baskets.
My favorite tradition is one we just started last year, we filled the eggs with glow sticks and had a night egg hunt! Oh it was so much fun!
My kids enjoy Easter egg hunts.
Decorating Easter eggs is a favorite Easter tradition of mine.
My favorite Easter tradition is watching my little nephews hunt for their Easter baskets, hidden by the Easter Bunny during his night-time visit. Thank you for the fun giveaway.
I love Snoopy as the Flying Ace.
I like watching the kids do egg hunts.
My favorite Easter tradition is making and decorating sugar cookies with the kids! Thanks so much for the opportunity!
We enjoy our Easter Dinner. All our family comes to together for a wonderful meal .
I like going to the towns easter egg hunt
I love the Easter egg hunts,
Our Easter tradition is holding a Easter egg hunt yearly at the park for all the neighborhood kids
I am so in love with the Flying Ace. I loved him for as long as I can remember.
I like the Easter Egg hunt.
Easter egg hunts is my favorite
My favorite tradition for Easter is decorating eggs and having an egg hunt with my kids.
Our favorite Easter tradition is coloring eggs, and baking cookies!
My favorite Snoopy alter ego is Joe Cool. With that smile and sunglasses he is Joe Cool.
Our favorite Easter tradition is having an Easter egg hunt at home.
our favorite tradition is coloring the egg and then we hide them for the grandkids to find
My favorite Snoopy alter ego is Joe Cool.
I like to go to church with my family on Easter.
We always go to my parents house for an Easter Egg Hunt.
I love Joe Cool the best
i like to go easter egg hunting. it’s so much fun to hide and to hunt.
taking my kids to family easter egg hunts
My favorite tradition is enjoying a nice ham dinner with family.
Decorating and hunting eggs are my favorite Easter traditions.
Our fave Easter tradition is coloring eggs and hiding them for the twins!
I love Snoopy as the Red Baron. The random Peanuts flight scenes are the best!
When our kids were young, we always hid real eggs inside, and plastic eggs in the backyard. Now we continue that tradition with our grandsons.
The Easter Egg Hunt! We use plastic eggs and fill them with money!
i love coloring and decorating eggs and having an egg hunt
My favorite Easter tradition is the Easter egg hunt.
I like Easter egg hunts. But my favorite tradition is the food. Is it wrong to feel that way?
Our tradition is always hunting for eggs, we have little sections so all the kids get the same.
Our favorite tradition is our family Easter Egg Hunt.
My favorite tradition is the Easter egg hunt that happens after the kids have gotten their homemade baskets of goodies.
My fave Easter tradition is doing the Easter egg hunt for the kids.
Please forgive me for being repetitive. I am a bit obsessed with Snoopy’s heroic alter ego, the Flying Ace. My grandfather adored him so. He had been a flight instructor in the U.S. Navy. And he would have the Flying Ace put on the side of his private planes. I loved that about him. I miss him so. I guess that he fueled my obsession. I love the Flying Ace, and I am completely obsessed with him and the rest of the Peanuts gang. I don’t know, maybe in a way I feel like I am connected with my grandfather’s soul all because of that sweet little heroic beagle.
My favorite Snoopy alter ego is the Red Baron.
i like snoopy as the red baron 🙂 he is so cute as the easter bunny too!
I love dressing my kids up for Easter service. Gives me a reason to shop!
We have a easter egg hunt for the kids every year and I always liked peppermint patty
I like to make a Traditional Easter Egg yellow roll log, made by boiling down egg yellows, milk, salt & sugar, you low boil it stirring constantly when thickened strain it in cheesecloth or a tea towel over sink till it drips all liquid out about 2 or more hours, refrigerate, slice and enjoy with your Holiday Easter meal.
The egg hunt with all the kids is my favorite Easter tradition.
i love giving my kids easter baskets
My daughter and I go shopping Easter weekend. We have lunch and we shop and spend the day together and then we go home and watch movies together. She is getting older and it is important to me that we spend time together and make the most of celebrations.
I love the Red Baron!
My favorite Easter tradition is dyeing eggs.
My favorite Easter tradition, besides baskets for the young ones, is actually a Polish Family tradition. We take our Easter food, placed in a basket, and take it to be blessed by a local priest. This is our Easterr a morning breakfast.
Going to the Easter Vigil Mass, love it
as for Snoppy, when he’s hunting the Red Baron
I love coloring the eggs.
I love Snoopy!
Dying Easter eggs and the easter egg hunt is my favorite!