Halloween prep for most families is well underway. This holiday provides a lot of opportunity for family bonding through decorating, planning costumes, visiting the pumpkin patch and watching Halloween-themed programming. However, for little kids, much of the available content can be too scary. Because of that, we’re providing a handful of viewing options that even the youngest of children can enjoy without worry …
Super Monsters Save Halloween – Netflix, began streaming 10/5
Created this year with the low “scare-threshold” of little kids in mind, Super Monsters Save Halloween is a sweet 24-minute special about getting everyone into the Halloween spirit and understanding that there’s really nothing to be afraid of.
In an all-new movie special, the Kratt Brothers find themselves trying to figure out the best way to celebrate Halloween. In true Wild Kratts fashion, they decide that discovering some new creepy creatures is the best idea. But along the way, they run into some trouble that threatens to ruin Halloween.
A kind witch, with her cat in tow, is on her broom and in search of a few lost items. In this 25 minute movie (released in 2012, but based on the 2003 book by Julia Donaldson), the good witch offers rides to a dog, a bird and a frog, who help her along the way. Though her cat is annoyed, everyone learns the benefit of including others when all the creatures band together to overcome a serious obstacle.
First released in 2016, this one-hour special from the The Cat in the Hat Knows A lot About That! series, takes main characters Nick, Sally and their friend Fish on a crazy adventure (with mom’s permission!) to find Halloween costumes. Tackling the subject of being scared, the Martin Short-voiced Cat teaches the kids about its benefits and some antidotes too.
VeggieTales: Where’s God When I’m Scared – YouTube
Though the animation is simplistic and will look dated to you, this VeggieTales episode provides a great lesson and a new game plan for young children who are having trouble dealing with the scary sights and sounds of Halloween and spooky things in general.
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Korbi Ghosh Biggins is a former full-time TV blogger, writing for sites such as E! Online and Yahoo! She is now a full-time mom of twin boys. In her free time, she moonlights as a Marriage, Family & Individual Therapist.