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Meredith Vieira surprises TODAY as Pig-Pen for a 'Peanuts' Halloween

It just wouldn't be Halloween on TODAY without Meredith Vieira crashing the party.

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Halloween 2015: Good grief! The TODAY gang goes 'Peanuts'

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The former TODAY anchor and current talk show host showed up in a cloud of dust as the lovably messy Pig-Pen on Friday, joining the other anchors as part of TODAY's "Peanuts" Halloween.

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TODAY Halloween show reveal, Peanuts gang.

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She was hardly recognizable in her dirt-covered overalls and scraggly hairdo as she surprised the rest of the "Peanuts" gang on Rockefeller Plaza.

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Pig Pen and Meredith Vieira

"I never miss (Halloween),'' she said. "They drag me back. This is typecasting."

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This is the third time a costumed Vieira has made a surprise appearance on TODAY for Halloween and the second year in a row after she put on her "mom jeans" to join Savannah Guthrie and Jenna Bush Hager to remake the classic "Saturday Night Live" skit.

In 2011, Vieira was a regal presence on TODAY when she dressed as Queen Elizabeth II as part of a royal affair in which the anchors re-created the wedding of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge. Vieira emerged from a Rolls Royce to join the ceremony, wearing a copy of the Queen's yellow frock. She then had her wig and hat knocked off when Matt Lauer, dressed as Prince William, gave her a big hug.

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Meredith Vieira returned to join the Halloween festivities on TODAY in 2011 while dressed as Queen Elizabeth II, complete with her two dogs.

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