Whether you’re planning to play it safe at home this Halloween or head carefully out in your mask to celebrate, social distance style, a little extra added virtual fun can only make the holiday even more entertaining. Check out our roundup of podcasts, videos, music, television, and virtual concerts just for kids!
• The award winning podcast Fairy Tales with Granny MacDuff releases “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” the classic hair-raising tale about the schoolteacher, Ichabod Crane, and the Headless Horseman who followed him one foggy night. Fairy Tales with Granny MacDuff “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” airs October 26.
• The recently launched, Detective Dexter — a children’s podcast about a French bulldog detective and his trusty sidekick Peanut—releases “Dexter’s Halloween Show.” Dexter and Peanut set out to hunt for ghostly apparitions stealing all the neighborhood pumpkins. “Detective Dexter Halloween Show,” airs October 30.
• The Scientist is In: Day of the Dead Special Edition: On Sunday, November 1 at noon, join Mexican archaeologist Veronica Perez and Director of the American Museum of Natural History Center for Biodiversity and Conservation Ana Porzecanski for this online family-friendly Day of the Dead celebration. Find out about this special Mexican holiday when we honor those who have left the Earth and the extinct animal species, such as the monk seal, golden toad, and the O’ahu Akiaola, that the Museum commemorates on this special occasion. A link to join the live program will be provided in advance here.
• The King of Random (TKOR) found an opportunity to save the holiday and create a safe and socially distanced Trick or Treat experience. Watch co-host Nate Bonham step-by-step as he creates a massive mechanical dragon with large animatronic arms to drop candy into trick or treaters sweets pails. The dragon’s eyes light up and smoke shoots out from his mouth. A flick of lights brings the creature to life while capturing the fun and frightful mood of the Halloween season.
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• SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live will launch a “Virtual Trick or Treating” Halloween special for kids and their families. The channel will spin non-stop kid-friendly Halloween music and will play messages from children sharing what they plan to dress up as this Halloween, their favorite candy, or something special they’re doing to celebrate whether they’re at home or not. Kids are encouraged to call in to the channel all month long by dialing 866-328-2345 and selecting option 5 to leave messages, and they might hear themselves on the radio this Halloween! “Virtual Trick or Treating” will begin on Saturday, October 31 at 5:00 am ET and run through Sunday, November 1 on SiriusXM Kids Place Live, channel 78.
• Kids Place Live also offers the ultimate “Halloween House Party” playlist featuring an hour mix of family-friendly Halloween songs: everything from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” music, to the “The Monster Mash,” to independent kids’ artists, to MC Hammer’s Addams Family cover! The eclectic, kid-appropriate seasonal mix will be available On Demand at any time on the SiriusXM app and streaming platform.
• Pandora is offering listeners a musical treat this season with a lineup of Halloween stations including “Family Halloween” and “Spooky Symphonies.” To celebrate the holiday, Pandora is also launching new Modes on its Halloween Party station, where listeners can customize their experience to find their favorite types of Halloween music—featuring Hip-Hop Horrorween Mode, Creepy Country Mode, Disney Halloween Party Mode, Rock from the Crypt Mode, and Haunted House Mode.
• Special Halloween Storytime! Join via Zoom this Halloween, for a special spooooky—but not scary—Little New-Yorkers. Sing silly songs, dance the Monster Mash, and tell magical stories about ghosts, goblins, and goats! Dress up in your favorite costume and discover fun facts about trick-or-treating and candy. Saturday, October 31, 3:30 pm. Recommended for ages 3-6, but all ages welcome.
• Nickelodeon’s Unfiltered “Happy Slime-o-ween!” This one is all tricks and no treats! Host Jay Pharoah introduces two mystery celebs hiding behind 3D animated filters. Darci Lynne Farmer, Gabrielle Nevaeh Green and Lex Lumpkin ask questions and gather clues to unveil their special guests. – Saturday, Oct. 31, at 8pm
• Group Chat with Jayden and Brent “Halloween – Sliming for Apples” Jayden Bartels and Brent Rivera throw candy corn across their rooms, turn themselves into mummies, and bob for slimy apples with special guests, Hubie Halloween stars Lilimar and Paris Berelc. Adam Sandler and Kenan Thompson also drop in for a special Halloween message. Saturday, Oct. 31, at 8:30pm
• Check out Disney’s Halloween lineup at Monstober.
• Sing, dance, and play interactive games through your device with Laurie Berkner as she performs your favorite songs, interacts with you through the computer, and brings in a few surprises – from her house to yours! This special, 80-minute virtual concert event is the fourth in this series, and your ticket helps support the team in continuing operations during in-person concert cancellations. Laurie will be doing 2 performances. Wear your costume and bring your dancing shoes, an animal (for your head), and your whole family! Laurie will be singing some greatest hits alongside special Halloween-themed songs. Show runs approximately 1 hour at 12pm and 5pm.
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