PBS KIDS is planning a range of tooned-up tricks and treats for young viewers for the month of October, with all new themed episodes of favorite animated series and the premiere of TV movie The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about Halloween! — debuting on October 28.
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about Halloween! (Oct. 28, 29 and Nov. 1) follows The Cat in the Hat as he takes Nick and Sally on a wild Halloween ride as they venture deep into the Ooky-ma-kooky Closet, where the kids discover the best Halloween costumes ever.
The Cat in the Hat will be joined in spooky celebration by new episodes of Dinosaur Train, Nature Cat and Ready Jet Go!, as well as encore programming from Peg + Cat, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and more on-air and streaming all month long.
Dinosaur Train “Spooky Tree/Spinosaurus Super Model” (Oct. 17, streaming Oct. 28) sees the Pteranodon family explore a mysterious tree that seems to come alive at night, and learn about bioluminescence. Then Don tries to convince Old Spinosaurus to pose for a sculpture, highlighting the many features of the world’s largest carnivore.
In the Ready Jet Go! half-hour special “Jet’s First Halloween” (Oct. 24, streaming Oct. 28), Sydney, Sean and Mindy help Jet experience his first Halloween — from carving Jack-O-Lanterns and putting on costumes, to trick-or-treating and visiting a haunted house. Along the way, the gang learns about lunar eclipses and the Red Moon.
And Nature Cat “Runaway Pumpkin/Lady Bug Tough” (Oct. 10, streaming Oct. 14) joins the backyard gang for a Halloween party featuring the biggest, most beautiful pumpkin ever.
Digital delights will include a variety of Halloween-themed games for kids on the PBS KIDS Games App and pbskids.org, like Cat in the Hat Corn Maze Craze, Cat in the Hat Camp Time, Nature Cat Park Builder and Peg + Cat Parade. Virtual world Kart Kingdom is getting a new Spooky Street. The PBS Parents page will have holiday-themed hands-on activities, and a range of materials for PreK-12 teachers are available at pbslearningmedia.org.