Halloween Frights & Delights For All!

Gather all your ghosts, ghouls, and frightful friends because it’s Halloween!

Halloween dates back thousands of years to the Celtic people of ancient Europe, who recognized October 31st as the last day of autumn with crop harvesting and celebratory festivals. They also believed this was the time that the regular world and spirit world were most closely connected, so people wore masks and costumes to fend off unfriendly spirits.

Over time, the holiday has evolved into a secular one, with trick-or-treating, bobbing for apples, scary movie marathons, and parades full of costumed revelers. Halloween is a great time to embrace your spooky, and silly, side with friends and family.

Keep scrolling to learn about the history of Halloween, explore the science of scary, and for PBS KIDS Halloween specials, fun crafts, costume ideas, and more!

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The History & Science of Scary!

Halloween Spooky Science Special | Sid the Science Kid

Grades PreK-K
Bats may be spooky, but they’re also helpful creatures! In these Sid the Science Kid resources, children learn all about the amazing abilities of spiders, cats, skeletons and slime!

Halloween | All About the Holidays

Grades 3-5
Halloween hasn’t always been about candy and costumes. Take a look back at the historical traditions about spirits that are the basis for this holiday. You’re in for a treat!

What Is Fear? | Spot on Science

Grades 3-8
Why do scary movies make you jump? Or snakes make you run? Margaret’s got the details on why we have fears and how our body responds to scares. 

This Video May Give You Goose Bumps | Braincraft

Grades 6-12
Learn about the weird and wonderful science of goose bumps… Hope you didn’t get the chills!

Gross Science | Is Fear Contagious?

Grades 6-12
Learn how fear may be contagious, in this video from NOVA’s Gross Science series. Animals give off bodily secretions called pheromones that can communicate information, such as potential threats, to other members of the same species. Similarly, humans release chemosignals in sweat when they are scared or stressed.


Activities, Books & More

Dress Up Time Game

Grades PreK-K
In this Dress Up Time Game from Sesame Street, Elmo and Abby want to play dress up. Your child can choose pieces of clothing to complete the outfits Elmo and Abby want to wear.

Make a Pumpkin Smoothie

Grades PreK-3
What to do with leftover pumpkin “goop?” Make a pumpkin smoothie with your child! It’s a great way to help them practice measuring and mixing ingredients — plus, it’s a tasty treat!

Monstrously Good Books for Kids

Grades PreK-4
Some monsters seem scary, some sympathetic, while others can only be described as supremely silly. Whether they’re hiding under the bed, or going bump in the night, monsters may be all around! Get crazy with some monster madness using this list of recommended books for children ages 0-9.

Glowing Ghost Jugs

Grades K-4
Get ready for Halloween with this quick and easy decorating idea that uses recycled plastic milk jugs. Then add in some Odd Squad fun by using the jugs to practice math skills!

Arthur’s Tricks and Treats Game

Grades K-5
In Arthur’s Tricks and Treats Game, mix and match each character’s favorite treats before time runs out. But, watch out! There are a few tricks to spook you out of a high score.

Handprint Spider

Grades K-5
Not all spiders are the same! For example, the Goliath tarantula has eight eyes and does not spin a web. Learn more about this unique spider and then make your own creepy cool spider to use in your Halloween decorations.

U,2! Beals Science | Chemistry: Dry Ice Experiments You Can Try at Home

Grades 6-12
Dry ice is really cool, especially around Halloween time! Using a few household materials, chemistry teacher Craig Beals plays with dry ice and explores the chemistry behind five simple, yet dazzling, dry ice experiments that you can try at home or use in your classroom. 

Gothic Tales | Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive

Grades 6-12
Explore the terror of gothic tales in this video from the American Masters film, Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive. Poe’s legacy centers on his horror stories and his ability to tap into the fears of his readers, like the fear of being buried alive. Engage students through discussion questions and teaching tips that ask them to explore why some literature is timeless, analyze the tales featured in the video, and to create their own dramatic reading of a famous Poe story.


Masks, Costumes & Pumpkin Carving Templates… Oh My!

No-Sew Elinor Costume

Is your child hoping to be Elinor from Elinor Wonders Why this Halloween? All you need are red and purple clothes from their closet and DIY bunny ears!

Pinkalicious Mask

You child can dress up as their favorite PBS KIDS characters, like Pinkalicious from Pinkalicious and Peterrific with this easy, printable mask!

No-Sew Donkey Hodie Costume

What is your child planning to dress up as for Halloween? Your kid will love transforming into the playful and cheerful Donkey Hodie with this easy and “Hee-hawesome” craft activity.

Daniel Tiger Watch

Your child can make her very own Daniel Tiger watch out of toilet paper rolls and cardboard.

Odd Squad Masks

You child can dress up as their favorite PBS KIDS characters, like Ms. O, Otis and Olympia from Odd Squad with these easy, printable masks!

No-Sew Wild Kratts Costume

Make a no-sew Wild Kratts Bat Costume complete with creature power discs! To make this costume you’ll need just a few simple supplies. Creature Power GO!

Pumpkin Carving Stencils

It’s time to get carving! Create unique PBS-themed jack-o-lanterns by printing out your favorite stencil, tracing it onto your pumpkin, and carving carefully using a kitchen knife. These templates will make carving Halloween pumpkins a breeze!


Spooky Stories on PBS KIDS!

Settle in for three nights of spooky fun with some of your favorite PBS KIDS characters!

Celebrate Halloween all weekend long with a PBS KIDS Family Movie Night featuring special episodes from Odd Squad, Ready Jet Go, Cyberchase, and more. Watch on the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel, or online with the PBS KIDS Free Video App.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday
10/29 – 10/31

Odd Squad
7 PM

“Haunt Squad; Safe House in the Woods”
Odd Squad is haunted by a ghost; Owen and Ozlyn wait out a storm.

Ready Jet Go!
7:30 PM

“Jet’s First Halloween”
Sydney, Sean and Mindy plan fun things for Jet’s first Halloween, like carving jack-o’-lanterns, dressing up in costumes and going trick-or-treating; Carrot and Celery turn their garage into a haunted house.

Ready Jet Go!
8 PM

“That’s One Gigantic Pumpkin, Jet Propulsion!”
Jet gets a little carried away when the kids attempt to grow prize-winning pumpkins in the backyard.

Cyberchase
8:30 PM

“The Halloween Howl”
The children and Digit must rescue the mayor when Hacker takes over his castle.

Cyberchase
9 PM

“Watts of Halloween Trouble”
The kids and Digit are trapped on R-Fair City when the portal system crashes.

WordGirl
9:30 PM

“Tobey’s Tricks and Treats; Escape Wham”
Tobey sets his robots on a candy-stealing spree, vowing to ruin Halloween; Chuck and Whammer attempt to steal Henry VIII artifacts.

Cyberchase
10 PM

“Trick or Treat”
Hacker pleads guilty to being the King of Chaos and says that he does not want to cause trouble anymore.


Looking for even more Halloween fun for your little ones? Visit the Happy Halloween Collection on PBS Kids for Parents!