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Halloween DVDs for Preschoolers

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Kids love Halloween, but sometimes it can be a little too spooky. Many educational shows for preschoolers have come out with not-so-scary Halloween episodes (available on DVD) for the little ones to enjoy when they're feeling fallish. Here is a list of Halloween and fall-themed DVDs for preschoolers:

1. Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest

Curious George Halloween
Photo © Universal
In this slightly spooky Halloween special for preschoolers, the curious little monkey becomes enamored with fall and can't wait for the Annual Boo Festival. When George visits a nearby farm to choose the perfect pumpkin, he and his friend Allie hear the haunting tale of the Legend of No Noggin, a scarecrow who appears on Halloween and kicks people's hats off. George and Allie determine to find out the truth about No Noggin on Halloween night. This curious little tale celebrates the wonders of fall and is one preschoolers will likely want to watch again and again. Read a review of Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest to find out more about the movie and related activity ideas for kids. (NR, 57 minutes long)
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2. Room on the Broom

Room on the Broom
Photo © NCircle Entertainment
While this film based on the book by Julia Donaldson isn't specifically Halloween themed, the delightful rhyming tale about a witch and her encounter with a fierce dragon is perfectly spooky and fun for young children at Halloween time. The movie comes from the creators of the amazing DVD versions of The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child, and like both of the Gruffalo movies, this one will absolutely captivate your little one. To learn more about the movie, read our full review of Room on the Broom.

 

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3. The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That: Tricks and Treats

Cat in the Hat: Tricks or Treats
Photo © PBS Kids

An animated educational show for preschoolers, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That airs on PBS Kids. In each episode of the show, the Cat in the Hat takes kids on a scientific adventure. Kids will sing, laugh, and learn along as they watch the Cat and his friends Nick and Sally explore together. This DVD is a bit short, with only three episodes: "Trick or Treat"; "Batty for Bats," which teaches kids all about bats; and "Aye Aye," which is about a type of lemur. But, the Halloween theme is a real treat for kids, and each of the episodes provides an enriching and fun story which parents can use to get kids interested in learning more about animals and nature. And to go along with the Halloween theme and bat episode, check out these ideas for Bat Crafts and Activities kids can do after watching the show.(35 minutes, NR)

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4. Dora the Explorer: Dora's Halloween Parade

Dora's Halloween
(Photo credit: Nick Jr., DVD cover art © Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon)

This Dora the Explorer volume features animated tricks and treats in two special Halloween episodes: in "Boo!," Dora and Boots fly by broomstick through a spooky pumpkin patch to help a cute little monster get back home; and in "Halloween Parade," they help Little Monster get back home before the clock strikes 12. The "Boo!" episode is the same Halloween episode included in the last Dora Halloween title, so now they are both on one. (new in 2011)

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5. Sid the Science Kid: Sid's Spooky Halloween

Sid the Science Kid: Halloween
Photo © NCircle Entertainment
Featuring two episodes from the popular PBS series for preschoolers Sid the Science Kid, Sid's Spooky Halloween is the perfect concoction of spooky, scientific and fun. Kids will learn about different animals and creatures, as well as how to make slime. Eeewww! The episodes included on the DVD are: "Sid's Spooky Halloween" and "Healthy Day."
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6. Nick Jr. Favoriets: Happy Halloween

Nick Jr. Happy Halloween
Photo © Paramount Home Entertainment

This Nick Jr. Halloween Favorites DVD contains Halloween themed episodes of some of kids' favorite Nick Jr. shows. In most cases, each of these shows have their own Halloween DVD which includes the same episode along with other, non-Halloween episodes. So if Halloween is what your after, this is the DVD to get. The gang's all there on one disc providing scare-free Halloween stories for little ones. The DVD contains the following six episodes:

  • Dora the Explorer: "Boo!"
  • Go, Diego, Go!: "Freddie the Fruit Bat Saves Halloween!"
  • Wonder Pets!: "Save the Bat"/"Save the Donkey"
  • Yo Gabba Gabba!: "Halloween"
  • Blue's Clues: "What Is Blue Afraid Of?"
  • Ni Hao, Kai-lan: "Ni Hao, Halloween"
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7. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey's Treat

Mickey's Treat
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Join Mickey and the gang for a haunting Halloween party with Big Pete in the fun Halloween episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, "Mickey's Treat." Kids will learn about problem solving, prepositions, and fractions as they make their way to Trick-or-Treat Tower. The DVD also contains a very exciting bonus episode, "A Little Einsteins Halloween," and two extra spooky bonus features - printable character stencils for pumpkin carving and the Spooky Clubhouse cookbook, featuring a recipe from each character. Rated TV-Y.
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8. Backyardigans - It's Great to Be a Ghost! (DVD) (2005)

Backyardigans
Nickelodeon

This Backyardigans volume introduces the entertaining series with two spooky Halloween episodes: the jazz-themed "It's Great to be a Ghost" and the '60s rock "Monster Detective." Bonus features include a fun music video. Backyardigans is one of the top preschoolers' shows on TV, so these themed episodes are a great choice for young kids.

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9. The Berenstain Bears: Halloween Treats

Berenstain Bears: Halloween Treats
Photo © Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Based on the beloved books, The Berenstain Bears animated episodes are delightfully fun and filled with great lessons for preschoolers and young elementary age kids. This DVD contains favorite Halloween-themed episodes such as: "Bust a Ghost," "The Spooky Old Mansion," or "The Missing Pumpkin." All seven of the episodes are fallish and/or spooky and geared toward young children; however, depending on the child, a couple of scenes from the Halloween episodes could be briefly scary.

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10. My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Hundred Acre Wood Haunt

My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Hundred Acre Wood Haunt
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Hundred Acre Wood Haunt contains the following three episodes of My Friends Tigger & Pooh: "Super-Sized Darby/Piglet's Lightning Frightening, "Eeyore's Trip to the Moon/The Incredible Shrinking Roo," and "Eeyore's Home Sweet Home/Rabbit's Prized Pumpkin." The DVD also contains a bonus Handy Manny Halloween Episode. Kids may be disappointed with this one if they are expecting a fully Halloween DVD. The DVD name and cover are misleading, because none of the My Friends Tigger & Pooh are really Halloween episodes, but they are fallish and some involve Piglet being afraid of things.
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