October can be more than trick-or-treat. Grab your computer or device and let the kids experience these educational and fun shows in spooky style.
Over the centuries, Halloween has evolved from a Celtic holiday to a glorified costume party. But it could also be a time to use the fun aspects of the season and learn a few things along the way. There are plenty of videos, apps and games for kids of all ages that are both educational and entertaining.
Halloween wouldn’t be complete without Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin. Loudcrow Interactive brings classic TV animation to life in an interactive book. “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” allows users to create their own Peanut character, go to a Charlie Brown Halloween party and choose from millions of costume combinations. The story comes alive as players touch and pull objects, and features sounds, music and dialogue from the 1966 original. Don’t forget to make the most of the app by carving a pumpkin, playing Schroeder’s piano and bobbing for apples with your best friend Snoopy. This app is $4.99 for iOS and $2.99 in the Google Play Store with in-app purchases.
Recommended for ages 12 and up, Dave Morris’ Frankenstein is an interactive adaptation of Mary Shelley’s horror story. Frankenstein is your guide and you are his advisor as you decide the direction of the story in the style of choose your own adventure. The illustrations and text are beautiful, and while the story is kept short, the app provides access to the full novel to read as well. The app costs for iPad and iPhone $3.99.
Ghost Typing is a simple game that can be played online and helps children practice playing the keyboard. The words appear on the ghosts that are getting closer and closer. Kids can write Ghostbusters as they try to enter the letters that appear before the ghosts approach.
Surprising the people you love by jumping out of their hiding place is the OG Halloween action, which you can do at Toca Boo. This game for iOS and Android costs $3.99 and allows kids to play as a little girl dressed as a ghost. She can explore a huge scary house, hide in many places (even the toilet), interact with things in the house and then scare the family members. The ghost can eat things for greater fears and must stay away from the light to remain hidden. This game is recommended for children aged 4 to 11 and aims to help them develop creativity. In addition, they will laugh at the strange reactions of the characters they scare. App designer Chris Lindgren says this game can provide a great opportunity to talk to children about emotions and that they are responsible for how they feel.
“With your help, this can be an opportunity for your child to learn to manage emotions and become confident when facing new challenges – useful things in everyday life,” explained Lindgren on the website.
This app costs $3.99 and is available on the App Store, Google Play Store, and Kindle Fire Store.
Many YouTube educational videos contain terrifyingly loud sounds that appeal to children, but this can be painful for parents’ ears. If you want to let your kids watch fun and educational videos without needing earplugs for yourself, here are some that will be great for the little ones and fun for the adults too.
Kids’ yoga gets the Halloween vibe from Cosmic Kids Yoga with an episode on her YouTube channel featuring basic yoga moves with a story about a charming little girl. It entertains children while getting them moving and stretching their bodies.
English Singsing has a fun and simple video with the feel of a toddler board book to teach kids basic Halloween vocabulary.
For those who want their kids to know the origins of Halloween, try this awesome video from Peekaboo Kidz. Little ones and their parents can learn all kinds of interesting facts. For example, did you know that Halloween began in Ireland and that the Celts carved faces into turnips to light the way home? It was only when the tradition came to America that they discovered that it was a lot easier on pumpkin.
Finally, Annie and Ben’s YouTube channel has a fun puzzle game where kids help monsters make the right choices about where they live, how they look and what they eat.
Instead of just using Halloween as a candy-gathering project, parents can use these apps, videos, and games this season to help kids learn a little bit before they rot their teeth.