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October is that time of the year when the air crackles with pumpkin spiced fall flavor and crooked candle lit grins and you know right away that Halloween is fast approaching. The whole month is abuzz with children (and their families) planning for costumes, candy, pumpkin carving, spooky decor, and a line-up of scary movies to watch.
As parents, we all know that every child is unique. Their interests, maturity, sensitivities vary by age and often by topic too. What delights and engages one child, sends another child into a tailspin, especially when it comes to spooky Halloween themes. So here at SmartFeed
(https://www.thesmartfeed.com), we highlight the good stuff and give you links to all the information you need to make the best media choices - in other words, finding just the right amount of spooky for your kids. To savor the Halloween season, check out our collection of kid-friendly Halloween media - movies/TV shows/books/apps (http://www.thesmartfeed.com/staff_picks/halloween-fun) - some silly, some spooky.
Below find 12 handpicked Halloween media titles for toddlers through tweens pulled together by the expert curators at SmartFeed.
Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest ( Ages 2+)
Get ready to go on a spook-tacular ride with the curious little monkey in this enthralling adventure and unravel the mystery of the Legend of No Noggin, a headless scarecrow who appears at Halloween and whisks off the hats from people’s heads.
Dear Dracula (Ages 4+)
When Sam, a monster-movie buff, writes to Count Dracula requesting a vampire action figure for Halloween, he gets the surprise of a lifetime when the Dracula himself shows up at his doorstep! Find out what happens next in this heart-warming tale of friendship which is more fun and less scares, filled with rich visuals of Halloween festivities.
The Book of Life (Ages 8+)
An entrancing story of Manolo, Joaquin and the love of their lives, Maria. Meanwhile, the rulers of the underworld have made a bet on which boy will marry Maria and will go to any length to win the bet. Find out whose true love triumphs in this bewitching animation film showcasing Mexican folklore, culture and mythology to the viewers with stunning visualization of the Day of the Dead celebrations.
ParaNorman (Ages 10+)
Norman, a young ghoul whisperer sets about to save his town from a witch’s curse in this stop-motion animation full of ghosts, zombies, corpses and witches geared towards older kids.
The Spooky Wheels on the Bus (Ages 2+)
Little kids will love singing the Halloween-themed version of the Wheels on the Bus song even as they learn counting their numbers from ‘One’ spooky bus to ‘Ten’ goofy ghosts.
Otter Loves Halloween! (Ages 4+)
Otter is excited about Halloween; she is ready with her costume and spooky decorations for the house. But when the trick-or-treaters start showing up at her doorstep, Otter is terrified. Find out how Otter overcomes her fear and ends up having a fun Halloween celebration in this charming tale.
Haunted Castle on Hallow’s Eve (Ages 8+)
Go along with Jack and Annie on their thrilling adventure as they work together to unravel a mystery for Merlin the Magician, the solution to which lies within a haunted castle.
Encyclopedia Horrifica (Ages 9+)
Learn the terrifying and eerie truths about vampires, ghosts, monsters and more in this nonfiction compilation of all things ghoulish and ghastly from Aliens to Zombies.
Noteworthy TV Shows
Are You Afraid of the Dark? (Ages 10+)
A group of kids exchange hair-raising, spooky stories about ghosts, monsters and zombies in this series which is bound to send shivers down the spine of viewers.
R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour (Ages 10+)
From the acclaimed author of the Goosebumps series, R.L. Stine, comes this horror-themed series targeted at older kids with each episode containing its fair share of ominous characters, creepy creatures and terrifying suspense, inducing spine-chilling moments among the viewers.
Mask Jumble Halloween (Ages 4+)
An augmented reality game which uses facial recognition to let kids create fun, silly, spooky Halloween face masks.
Costume Quest (Ages 12+)
Kids will love this Halloween-themed, role playing adventure game in which a player chooses a hero and goes trick-or-treating through three different environments, completing quests and collecting costumes along the way, eventually taking down the evil enemies.