The Summer is barely gone and before you know it October smacks you in the face quicker than usual. You could have sworn that the children had only just gone back to school. If you want to get your kids into the spirit of Halloween, at least it will distract them from the impending chaos that is Christmas, then look no further as I have oh so kindly put together the Top 5 shows for kids at Halloween!
The Trap Door
Although it only ever had two seasons, in the 80’s I might add, this 5 minute show has aired constantly since we first met Berk, the lowly servant of The Thing Upstairs, who we never actually see, making him much, much creepier. Berk has a habit of leaving the trap door to the castle open, leaving a variety of monsters to escape, from the mischievous to placid, usually resulting in some form of hi-jinks or another. This bite size spooky show is a great starter and is short enough to even keep the tiddly’s attention!
If you don’t know the Scooby gang, then I can only assume that you a) don’t own a television or b) you live under a rock. The meddling kids (and their dog too) of Mystery Incorporated travel around in the Mystery Machine solving, um… mysteries. They like to spend their time in abandoned fairgrounds, spooky old houses and probably an ancient Indian burial ground or two, unmasking villains and eating giant sandwiches. Go on grab a Scooby snack and enjoy one of the 12 seasons.
The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy
This show revolves around the happy-go-lucky Billy and the cynical Mandy, who after a (rigged) game of limbo with the messenger of death, enslaving the Grim Reaper into an unwanted friendship with the unlikely duo. Using, or abusing Grim’s powers they adventure to the Underworld, and even visit some horror favourites including Dracula, the Bogeyman and the Wolfman.
The Addams Family
Significantly less macabre than the movies, The Addams Family cartoon has a great Halloween aesthetic to really get the young ‘uns into the spirit of All Hallows’ Eve. The show puts the dark and spooky family in the ridiculously cheerful and bright Happydale Heights, where their seems to be a remarkable about of villains and a family obsessed with underwear. Yes really. If you think the kids are a bit too young for the movies then this is a great taster for them to bring them in.
In the heart of Transylvania, in the vampire Hall of Fame Yeah, there’s not a vampire zanier than Duckula! Sorry, I got a bit carried away there. Anyway, the basic premise is that of a vampire duck, Count Duckula who has been around for centuries. Albeit, through a death or eight. The vampire can be resurrected via a special ritual that can only be performed once a century, however this time something goes wrong and he comes back as a more placid, vegetarian vampire duck. Much to the despair of his butler, Igor. This is my favourite show for the lead up to Halloween, go put it on and go be nostalgic. You deserve it!
That is my top 5 Halloween TV shows for kids, back in the day I was mad into Goosebumps and Are You Afraid of the Dark? I liked being spooked as a kid. What spooky stuff did you like to watch when you were younger? Let me know in the comments.down below!