Linus van Pelt does not have to go to bed disappointed on Halloween night anymore. The Great Pumpkins have arrived! (Sort of, if by “Great,” you mean gremlin-like jack o’ lanterns with insatiable cravings for candy.)

Tonight at 8 p.m. on NBC, DreamWorks’ Monsters vs. Aliens heroes battle hungry mutant pumpkins in the monsters’ very first holiday TV special. Yes, aliens play a sinister role, and yes, Susan, B.O.B., Dr. Cockroach and Link have to do the monster-mash to save Modesto, Calif. It’s not in 3-D this time, but it’s still more treat than trick.

Will you be watching? Which monster will you most warmly welcome back? (I have a gelatinous soft-spot for Seth Rogen’s B.O.B.)