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Halloween Comes to PBS KIDS with New Programming, Games and Activities for the Entire Family

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This “Odd-tober,” PBS KIDS invites families to celebrate Halloween all month long, with spooky new episodes of their favorite shows, new games and a wide array of activities.

On October 23, PBS KIDS will premiere ARTHUR AND THE HAUNTED TREE HOUSE on PBS stations and the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream. In this special movie event, Arthur and his friends encounter a variety of tricks and treats during one of the spookiest Halloweens ever. Additionally, PBS KIDS will premiere new Halloween-themed episodes from ODD SQUAD, SPLASH AND BUBBLES and CYBERCHASE. New this year, beginning Friday, October 13, families will be able to watch Halloween episodes and specials every weekend through the end of the month during PBS KIDS Family Night on the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream.

The spooky fun continues on digital platforms, where PBS KIDS will offer a variety of Halloween-themed games on the free PBS KIDS Games App and pbskids.org, including new games from ARTHUR and CYBERCHASE. These will debut in addition to favorites such Curious George Pumpkin Boo, the Cat in the Hat Corn Maze Craze, Daniel Tiger Dress Up and Peg + Cat Parade. A new Spooky Street and set of rewards will launch on PBS KIDS’ popular virtual world, Kart Kingdom. Hands-on activities, including pumpkin-carving templates with favorite PBS KIDS characters, are also available on PBS Parents.

“Halloween presents a time for families to play and learn together, sparking creativity and imagination,” said Linda Simensky, Vice President, Children’s Programming, PBS. “With returning favorites and new specials, including ARTHUR AND THE HAUNTED TREE HOUSE, PBS KIDS will offer a wide range of content and educational resources for kids, parents and teachers to enjoy this ‘Odd-tober.’”

This fall, PBS will also offer PreK-12 teachers an easy way to integrate Halloween themes into their instruction with a range of curriculum-aligned videos, lesson plans and games. Teachers can use these resources to enhance homework assignments and kick-start classroom discussions. These free resources cover a range of subjects and are available to teachers nationwide on pbslearningmedia.org. Featured resources include PEG + CAT’s Tiger Trick or TreatAll About the Holidays: HalloweenFrankenstein, M.D. and The Zombie Autopsies. Find these resources and more in the new Halloween collection.

More information on PBS KIDS’ Halloween programming, including when to watch, is included below:

New Programming

ARTHUR AND THE HAUNTED TREE HOUSE
Premieres and streams October 23; re-airs October 25 and October 27-31
This Halloween is sure to be the spookiest ever for Arthur and his friends. While trick-or-treating, Francine meets an old woman with a very mysterious past, while Binky finds himself at Mr. Ratburn’s amazing haunted house (that’s scarier than math class!). Muffy and Bailey decide to cut through a dark, rainy cemetery. And as for Arthur, Buster and Ladonna? Their tree house sleepover seems to be haunted…but by what?

ODD SQUAD
Premieres and streams October 16
“Haunt Squad/Safe House in the Woods”In “Haunt Squad,” Odd Squad is haunted by a ghost. In “Safe House in the Woods,” Owen and new recruit Ozlyn wait out a storm while transporting a dangerous creature.

SPLASH AND BUBBLES
Premieres October 16 and streams October 20
“Yuck or Treat/The Thing From Above the Reef” – In “Yuck or Treat,” after visiting a spooky cave, Splash and his friends visit the spookiest place they know, the cave of the old hagfish, who lives deep in the abyss. Then, in “The Thing From Above the Reef,” Dunk gets spooked by a creature in his home and thinks it’s a monster, only to discover a Baby Sea Urchin who is hiding from a giant “Thing” that circles in the waters above the reef – Mayor Sting!

CYBERCHASE
Premieres on the 24/7 channel and streams October 23 and airs on October 28, 29
A new Halloween episode marks the premiere of CYBERCHASE Season 11!
“Watts of Halloween Trouble” It's Halloween Haunt-O-Rama on R-Fair City, and Hacker has a wicked treat up his sleeve: to keep the kids out of Cyberspace forever by crashing Motherboard’s portal system. But when Buzz and Delete make a mistake, the portal system crashes too late, and the kids and Digit are trapped on R-Fair City! Now, the kids must find enough energy to power Digit’s portal rebooter and keep the amusement park going. But with the celebration in full swing, can they find big and small ways to save enough energy? And can they get back to Earth again?

Returning Favorites

CURIOUS GEORGE: A HALLOWEEN BOO FEST
Airs October 23, 25, 27 and 31

THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT HALLOWEEN!
Airs and streams October 24, 26 and 30-31

Halloween-themed episodes from PBS KIDS favorites will also be streaming all month long on PBS KIDS digital platforms.

PBS KIDS Family Night Schedule
These specials will air on the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream in October.

ODD SQUAD: AGAINST THE ODDS
Airs/streams October 6, 7 and 8

THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT HALLOWEEN
Airs/streams October 20, 21 and 22

ARTHUR AND THE HAUNTED TREEHOUSE
Airs/streams October 27, 28 and 29

Images and additional programming information is available on PBS PressRoom.

About PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital platforms and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby Award-winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video. PBS KIDS also offers mobile apps to help support young children’s learning. The PBS KIDS Video app is available on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One and Chromecast. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

Contacts:
Lubna Abuulbah, PBS KIDS; 703-739-8463; labuulbah@pbs.org
Sarah Morgan, Allison+Partners; 202-591-1126; PBS@allisonpr.com