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PBS KIDS Kicks Off October with New Halloween Programming, Games and Activities for Families and Teachers

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WILD KRATTS: CREEPY CREATURES

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New episodes and returning favorites premiere on-air and on streaming platforms, including the all-new WILD KRATTS: CREEPY CREATURES on Monday, October 22

Arlington, VA, September 27, 2018 – PBS KIDS invites everyone to celebrate Halloween with special episodes of their favorite shows, new games and a wide array of activities for families and teachers.

On October 22, PBS KIDS will premiere the all-new, one-hour movie, WILD KRATTS: CREEPY CREATURES on PBS stations and the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream. It will also be available for free on pbskids.org and the PBS KIDS Video App. In this special movie event, the Kratt Brothers decide to celebrate Halloween by searching for "creepy cool" creatures, but will Zach and the other villains get in their way and ruin Halloween? Additionally, PBS KIDS will premiere new Halloween-themed episodes from READY JET GO! and PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC®. Families will be treated to special Halloween-filled Family Night programming and specials the last two weekends of the month 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 a new game from WILD KRATTS. This will debut in addition to favorites such as Arthur’s Tricks and Treats, Curious George Pumpkin Boo, Daniel Tiger Dress Up, The Cat in the Hat Corn Maze Craze and Peg + Cat Parade. A new Spooky Street and Halloween design contest will launch on PBS KIDS’ popular virtual world, Kart Kingdom, and the Nature Cat Art Box and Cyberchase Watts of Trouble games will have Halloween themed updates. Hands-on activities, including pumpkin-carving templates with favorite PBS KIDS characters and spooktacular treat recipes, are available on PBS KIDS for Parents.

“Halloween is a great time for families and teachers to encourage children’s imagination and creativity,” said Linda Simensky, Vice President, Children’s Programming, PBS. “With new specials and episodes from WILD KRATTS, READY JET GO! and PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC®, as well at returning favorites, PBS KIDS will offer themed content and educational resources to help do just that.”

PBS LearningMedia will 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 kick-start classroom discussions and enhance homework assignments. These free resources cover a range of subjects and are available to teachers nationwide on pbslearningmedia.org. Featured resources include Shadows Can Be Scary Daniel Tiger’s NeighborhoodAll About the Holidays: HalloweenFrankenstein, M.D. and The Zombie Autopsies. Find these resources and more in the Halloween collection.

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

New Programming

READY JET GO!
Premieres October 15, Streams October 15
“That’s One Gigantic Pumpkin, Jet Propulsion!” – The kids are attempting to grow prize-winning pumpkins in the back yard. Jet gets carried away and uses his Bortronian Grow-Lamp to grow a huge pumpkin. Now they just have to get his enormous pumpkin downtown to win the contest!

WILD KRATTS: CREEPY CREATURES
Premieres October 22, Streams October 22
The Wild Kratts aren't too sure what to do for Halloween. Should they go trick or treating or just have a Halloween party? The Kratt bros decide that the best thing to do is to discover some new "creepy cool" creatures. Heading off to find these new animal friends, Martin and Chris don't realize that Zach and the other villains have come up with a plan to ruin Halloween. Can the Wild Kratts defeat the villains and still celebrate Halloween?

PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC®
Premieres October 22, Streams October 22
“Pink or Treat” – A huge storm has knocked out Pinkville’s power lines just days before Halloween! It looks like the holiday will be canceled -- that is unless Pink-a-girl and Pirate Peter can find a way to save the day!
“Berry Scary” – Pinkalicious, Peter, Rafael, and Frida are off to collect berries for their homemade smoothies. But when they arrive at the community garden, they find birds have eaten almost all the berries! To keep the birds away, the kids build a scarecrow – but will it be scary enough?

Returning Favorites
THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT HALLOWEEN!

Airs October 19 and 29, Streams October 12

CURIOUS GEORGE: A HALLOWEEN BOO FEST
Airs October 19, 21 and 30

ARTHUR AND THE HAUNTED TREE HOUSE
Airs October 25 and 30, Streams October 26
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.

Super Spooky Halloween Marathon
Airs/streams October 19, 20, 21
DINOSAUR TRAIN “Haunted Roundhouse/Big Pond Pumpkin Patch”
SPLASH AND BUBBLES “Yuck or Treat/The Thing From Above the Reef”
NATURE CAT “Runaway Pumpkin/Lady Bug Tough”
ODD SQUAD “Haunt Squad/Safe House in the Woods”
READY JET GO! “That’s One Gigantic Pumpkin, Jet Propulsion!”
WILD KRATTS “A Bat in the Brownie”
WORDGIRL “Tobey’s Tricks and Treats/Escape Wham”
CYBERCHASE “The Halloween Howl”

Halloween Double Feature

Airs/streams October 26, 27, 28
ARTHUR AND THE HAUNTED TREE HOUSE
WILD KRATTS: CREEPY CREATURES


Images and additional programming information is available on PBS PressRoom.

About PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers children ages 2-8 the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital media and community-based programs. PBS KIDS and local stations across the country support the entire ecosystem in which children learn, including their teachers, parents and community. Provided by stations, the free PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream is available to more than 95% of U.S. TV households. Kidscreen- and Webby Award-winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video. PBS KIDS offers mobile apps to help support young children’s learning, including the PBS KIDS Video app, which is available on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Chromecast. PBS KIDS also offers parent and teacher resources to support children’s learning anytime and anywhere. For more information on PBS KIDS content and initiatives supporting school readiness and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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

 

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