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New Episodes from MARTHA SPEAKS, SUPER WHY, WORDWORLD and CYBERCHASE Help Kids Learn Some Things Aren’t As Scary As They Think

PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS GO! invite kids on a Halloween adventure exploring fears on Halloween day and preparing for the holiday season ahead with healthy findings from

SID THE SCIENCE KID. On October 31, kids can join their favorite character role models including Martha from the new literacy-based series MARTHA SPEAKS as well as friends from SUPER WHY, WORDWORLD, CYBERCHASE, ARTHUR and MAYA & MIGUEL as they embark on adventures that help them discover that some of the things they think are scary aren’t really so scary after all.

“Halloween is a time of excitement and sometimes anxiety for young children often fueled by sugar and for many, fears,” said Lesli Rotenberg, SVP Children’s Media, PBS. “Our characters are great role models to guide children as they explore their fears and help them make healthy choices.”

Early elementary school kids can extend the fun at pbskidsgo.org/video where they can watch streaming video of Halloween-themed episodes and clips from ARTHUR, CYBERCHASE, MARTHA SPEAKS, FETCH! WITH RUFF RUFFMAN, MAYA & MIGUEL, ANIMALIA, DESIGN SQUAD and more. Preschoolers and their parents can write their own silly stories about Halloween at Dot’s Story Factory (pbskids.org) and find Halloween-themed games, crafts, masks, costume ideas, recipes, e-cards and more at pbskids.org/halloween.
PBS Parents will feature healthy Halloween treats that families can make and enjoy together as well as information on keeping kids safe during trick-or-treating, costume ideas and Halloween book recommendations. In addition, parents can find resources for hosting a Halloween party, having a neighborhood costume parade, creating a haunted house and trick-or-treating for charity.


On PBS KIDS, for preschoolers:

MARTHA SPEAKS – “Martha Gets Spooked / Martha Changes Her Luck” (NEW)

Martha Gets Spooked – Is someone fixing up the haunted house? If not, who ordered those flowers? Was it the ghost of Mrs. Parkington’s Great-Aunt Martha? Whoever or whatever it was, Martha has to go in there to protect Helen, before it’s too late!

Martha Changes Her Luck – Uh-oh. Martha walked under a ladder-and broke a mirror-so now she thinks she’s jinxed. And she’s worried her bad luck is rubbing off on everybody else. Helen tries to explain that all the accidents are just coincidence, but things just keep getting worse.

SUPER WHY – “The Ghost Who Was Afraid of Halloween” It’s Halloween in Storybrook Village and Pig is so frightened, he won’t go trick-or-treating with his friends! The Super Readers pay a storybook visit to Little Ghost, who’s a bit of a scaredy cat himself, to teach him there’s more to Halloween than meets the eye.

WORDWORLD – “A Kooky Spooky Halloween / Sheep’s Halloween Costume” /A Kooky Spooky Halloween/ – The WordFriends get their share of scares the night before Halloween, when Pig sleepwalks and everyone thinks he’s a ghost!

Sheep’s Halloween Costume/ – It’s Halloween – Sheep’s favorite day of the year. Sheep likes nothing more than to dress up, so she always goes out of her way to make herself a special costume. But what will she do when her WordFriends need pieces of her costume for their own costumes?

On PBS KIDS GO!, for early elementary school children:

CYBERCHASE – “Spheres of Fears” (NEW, premieres October 27 with an encore presentation on October 31) In his latest and possibly maddest scheme ever, Hacker traps Digit and the kids in one of the dreaded Spheres of Fears, a mini-galaxy of orbs populated by eerie creatures called Creepers, where they must use the properties of circles to reverse Hacker’s chaos in the nick of time.

ARTHUR – “What Scared Sue Ellen? / Clarissa is Cracked” / What Scared Sue Ellen?/ – Sue Ellen isn’t afraid of anything until she takes the short cut through the woods. From that point everything appears to scare her. Arthur and the other boys accompany Sue Ellen through the woods to locate her monsters.

Clarissa is Cracked – Grandma Thora gives her favorite doll, Clarissa, to D.W. for a week. D.W. treats the antique doll like her other toys, but loving Clarissa more. Unfortunately, D.W.’s attention proves fatal to Clarissa when the doll breaks. D.W. and her family find a doll doctor to repair Grandma Thora’s treasured toy before she’s returned.

MAYA & MIGUEL – “La Calavera” When Maya wants to add some oomph to her presentation about Mexico for school, she consults her Abuela Elena, who allows her to borrow a prized possession: a calavera, or skull made of sugar, that is used in the yearly Day of the Dead celebration.

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