PBS KIDS Gets Spooky with Halloween Specials

Media Coverage

September 28, 2018



This October, kids and families can catch the premiere of the all-new, one-hour movie Wild Kratts: Creepy Creatures on October 22, as well as Halloween-themed specials and episodes of Ready Jet Go! and Pinkalicious & Peterrific, on PBS stations, the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream.

PBS KIDS digital platforms will offer more child-friendly scary fun, with with a variety of Halloween-themed games on the free PBS KIDS Games App and pbskids.org, including a new game from Wild Kratts. Parents can find hands-on activities, including pumpkin-carving templates of favorite characters to tasty treat recipes, on PBS KIDS for Parents. And 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.

“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 KrattsReady Jet Go! and Pinkalicious & Peterrific, as well at returning favorites, PBS KIDS will offer themed content and educational resources to help do just that.”

New content:

Ready Jet Go! “That’s One Gigantic Pumpkin, Jet Propulsion!” (Premieres Oct. 15, Streams Oct. 15) – The kids are attempting to grow prize-winning pumpkins in the backyard. 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 Oct. 22, Streams Oct. 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 “Pink or Treat” (Premieres Oct. 22, Streams Oct. 22) – 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 Oct. 19 & 29, Streams Oct. 12

Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest Airs Oct. 19, 21 and 30

Arthur and the Haunted House Airs Oct. 25 & 30, Streams Oct. 26

PBS KIDS Family Night:

“Super Spooky Halloween Marathon” – Airs/streams Oct. 19-21

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 Bad in the Brownie”

WordGirl “Tobey’s Tricks and Treats/Escape Wham”

CyberChase “The Halloween Howl”

Halloween Double Feature – Airs/streams Oct. 26-28

Arthur and the Haunted Tree House

Wild Kratts: Creepy Creatures