I’m hosting a Halloween Party, right here on Momma Findings, all week long with spooky giveaways and tips on how to better your Halloween with the family. What better way to get in the haunted spirit than to check out fun TV shows related in theme? I mean, C’mon who doesn’t watch Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin this time every year?
My husband and I have been having Vintage Scary Movie Night the last few weeks. I grew up watching all those horror flicks, but he didn’t. So, we’re catching up on all those classics and laughing at how someone can be dumb enough to run INTO a dark alley, half dressed, all by themselves and still manage to stumble over every trashcan they pass. To quench our Halloween themed fun with the kids, however, we opt for family friendly shows that give us a reason to trick and treat. Lucky for us, PBS Kids has quite a few lined up this month.
PBS KIDS is offering a lineup of Halloween-themed episodes starting October 25, including new episodes of CURIOUS GEORGE, MARTHA SPEAKS, ARTHUR, and FETCH! WITH RUFF RUFFMAN. Classic favorites from other popular shows will also be airing. This is the time I like to plan Halloween themed days with my preschooler. We, sometimes, go to Storytime at the Library, but for the most part, he’s happy paying Halloween themed games online at PBSKids.org, printing coloring pages, and settling in with a good snack, his Momma by his side, and take in spooky fun on TV. Check out what you can look forward to on PBS Kids this month:
SUPER WHY! – The Ghost Who Was Afraid of Halloween
It’s Halloween in Storybrook Village and Pig is so frightened, he won’t go Trick or Treating with his friends! The Super Readers pay a storybook visit to Little Ghost, who’s a bit of a scaredy cat himself, to teach him there’s more to Halloween than meets the eye!
CURIOUS GEORGE – Creatures of the Night
George thought it was odd that all the food was gone from the bird feeder in a single night. Who or what is eating it all? Could the small animal tracks be a clue? Determined to solve the mystery George stays up all night and finds a baby possum who has lost his family. The two set off on a night journey to find the possum’s home and meet some other nocturnal animals (and some very tired “day animals”!) on the way. And because their night shadows strike a scary resemblance to the legendary Lake Creature of Lake Wannasink Lake – whose tale Mr. Quint is broadcasting to the entire town on this same night – the furry twosome cause quite a stir.
DINOSAUR TRAIN – Night Train
Dad, Buddy and Tiny take a special ride on the Dinosaur Train at night, learning about animals that are active after dark, culminating at the Big Pond for a nature walk under the full moon.
WORDWORLD – A Kooky Spooky Halloween / Sheep’s Halloween Costume
A Kooky Spooky Halloween – The WordFriends get their share of scares the night before Halloween, when Pig sleepwalks and everyone thinks he’s a ghost!
Sheep’s Halloween Costume – It’s Halloween – Sheep’s favorite day of the year. Sheep likes nothing more than to dress up, so she always goes out of her way to make herself a special costume. But what will she do when her WordFriends need pieces of her costume for their own costumes?
CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG – Boo
It’s Scary Movie night on Birdwell Island. Does anything scare Jetta and Mac? Not much, except maybe for the Ghost Dog of Birdwell Island.
BARNEY & FRIENDS™ – Guess Who? / Sweet Treats
Guess Who? – BJ™ and Baby Bop™ decide to get Halloween celebrations underway with a costume party. But when it comes to picking costumes, Riff™ just can’t decide! That night, as the festivities get underway, Riff makes a grand entrance proudly wearing a costume that suits him perfectly!
Sweet Treats – Barney and his friends go trick-or-treating in the park. One of Barney’s friends discovers all his candy is gone…he has a hole in his bag! BJ shares his candy and everyone learns how nice it is to share with friends!
CAILLOU – After Dark!
Things get a little scary today. Caillou and his new neighbors, Jason and Jeffery, are playing hide and go seek in the backyard, until dusk brings out the shadows. A flashlight and Mommy help chase the shadows away. That evening, Caillou can’t fall asleep when he hears scary “scratchy monster” noises and thinks there’s a monster in his room. Daddy shows him that a tree branch brushing against the window is making the noises and the only monster in Caillou’s room is Gilbert. Later, a bad dream about a scary monster leads to a restless night for Caillou. Mommy and Daddy help him learn to fall asleep safely in his own bed. And, finally, when Caillou sleeps over at Leo’s house for the first time, he has fun until it’s time to go to sleep. A phone call to Mommy reminds Caillou that Teddy was looking forward to spending the night. Together they rest easily.
MARTHA SPEAKS – Scaredy Cat
To escape a storm, the kids and dogs retreat into the Boxwood’s house. TD, Alice, and Helen decide to tell spooky stories to pass the time. But as spooky things start happening in the house, they wonder if their stories might be a little too real.
ARTHUR – Falafelosophy / Tales of Grotesquely Grim Bunny
Falafelosophy – At the urging of guest-star author Neil Gaiman (“Coraline,” “The Graveyard Book”) Sue Ellen tries her hand at writing and illustrating a graphic novel. When Sue Ellen needs inspiration and encouragement, she turns to Neil – who pops up in unexpected places! – and to the philosophy lessons of her local falafel vendor!
Tales of Grotesquely Grim Bunny – When the local comic book store changes ownership, the new darker and scarier comics are right up Fern’s alley. But Arthur can’t seem to stomach them and now he’s worried. Is it wrong to be afraid? Maybe his friends will be more supportive than he realizes.
FETCH! WITH RUFF RUFFMAN – Ruffman Manor is Haunted!
Ruff has just learned that he’s set to inherit Ruffman Manor from his ancestor Maximilian Ruffman. The only problem… Ruffman Manor is said to be HAUNTED! Ruff sends all six FETCHers out to check out the manor and find out if it’s safe for him to move in.
WORDGIRL –Tobey’s Tricks and Treats
After losing the costume contest at school, Tobey sets his Robots on a candy-stealing spree and vows to ruin Halloween. Becky and Violet (in her WordGirl costume) plot to save the holiday… and the city.
CYBERCHASE – The Halloween Howl
The annual “Halloween Howl” bash in Castleblanca promises to be spooktacular…until Hacker takes over the Mayor’s Castle and brings its seven stone gargoyles to life. Obeying Hacker’s every command, the gargoyles capture the Mayor and imprison him in the dungeon. To gain control of the creepy creatures, the CyberSquad must figure out how to use division to evenly split up bunches of garlic and rock candy. But can they do it in time to rescue the Mayor and save The Halloween Howl?
Do you have any particular Halloween/Fall crafts or activities you usually do with your children? I’d love to hear ideas so I can share with my family or even the readers here at Momma Findings.
Don’t forget to check out all our Halloween Party Giveaways this week. You can win lots of goodies to help bake up fun treats, feed the family on Halloween night, and EVEN a few gifts cards to do a little shopping.
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