Trick or… Treats for your ears! #kidslistensweeps #podghasts

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“On one mystic magic night,
Jack O Lanterns glowing bright,
kids with bags of candy sweet,
roam door to door and street to street,
all dressed up for trick or treat!…” — Patricia L. Cisco

Pumpkins, spiderwebs and bats are showing up all over our neighborhoods, it’s either time to do the biggest clean-up ever or… Halloween! 🎃

Kids Listen is here to help get you into the Halloween spirit. Eighteen of our member podcasts have put out special episodes just for the occasion!

Because some Halloween material can be a bit spooky we’re going to put a 👻 symbol on some of our episodes. If you have very young children, you may want to listen to them yourself before you share it with your little pumpkins.

April Eight Songs & Stories

On Halloween night, all goblins gather at Great Goblin Hall to share their tales of the gobliny deeds they’ve done throughout the year. But Gilbert Goblin doesn’t want to — it’s too scary!

Gilbert goes to the tricky Which Witch for advice. Will she and her cat Jinxy help him or trick him? A special Halloween story about following your heart and honoring your own voice.

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Be Calm on Ahway Island

Happy Halloween!

On Be Calm on Ahway Island podcast our dragon hears a lot of commotion and peeks out of the forest. Lots of strange monsters and creatures are out wandering through the streets.

Dragon feels a little frightened until the creatures begin to laugh and Dragon realizes it just the kids trick or treating.

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Book Club for Kids!

Writer Ronald L. Smith takes us on a trip down south, to the backwoods of Alabama, where a young boy was born with a heart-shaped birthmark, the mark of magic, or Hoodoo, according to his grandmama. Hoodoo must learn to tap his inner powers of magic to battle evil.

Veteran public radio journalist Brian Watt is celebrity reader. Ron Smith just won the Corretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award from the American Library Association for “Hoodoo.”

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👻Book Power for Kids!

Lucy Carlyle is a certified ghost hunter who can take down a specter with a steel nerve and a silver rapier. But an evil talking skull in a jar with a smart-aleck sense of humor might be too much even for her!

Chaska, age 11, reviews The Whispering Skull: Book 2 of Lockwood and Company by Jonathan Stroud.

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Buttons & Figs

Sail in the spooky way-back sieve to hear spooky stories, spooky commercials, spooky costumes and spooky book recommends on this special spooky halloween episode!

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But Why?

In the United States, Halloween is often celebrated by kids (and sometimes adults) dressing in costume, going house to house trick-or-treating, and letting themselves get spooked watching scary movies. But…why?

In our Halloween episode, But Why talks with Regina Hansen, a lecturer at Boston University who describes herself as a “scholar of all kinds of scary and creepy things.”

She answers questions about Halloween we’ve gotten from kids and helps us explore where some of our traditions come from — like carving pumpkins, trick-or-treating, and embracing a connection to the supernatural.

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Circle Round

The Rice Cakes and the Oni
Tamlyn Tomita (“The Good Doctor”) and Hudson Yang (“Fresh Off The Boat”) star in this Japanese story about a giant, hungry monster — and a mother-and-son team with a seriously good sense of humor.

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Cool Facts About Animals

What animal says spooooky better than the bat? While some may find them creepy, they’re also really fascinating creatures.

Learn about why you maybe shouldn’t be too scared of these animals — and also maybe why you should!

Girl Tales

The Princess Musicians of Maple Street by Amy Gijsbers van Wijk

Adapted from Town Musicians of Bremen by the Brothers Grimm

Kitty and her band are practicing for Battle of the Bands at their school but when her grandpa moves in, they lose their rehearsal space!

The abandoned house on Maple Street seems like their best and only option to win though there’s a chance the house might be haunted. What will they do?

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Good Stuff Kids

Mike welcomes back Mr Singer to talk about his spookily fun new record ‘Happy Haunted Halloween’.

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Just Us Weirdos

Not every superhero has powers that come from a science experiment or nuclear accident. Sometimes, an origin story is more unusual. More illogical. More… spooky.

On this episode, we’ll travel back in time to the moment when Ameenah Amparo received her superpowers. These powers have made her into the superhero known as Graphene. But the powers did not come for free.

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Little Stories for Tiny People

Zebra and Donkey are best friends, but a week before Halloween they realize for the very first time that they look rather similar.

Listen as they come up with a very silly idea for their Halloween costumes and how it goes awry once they get to school.

It’s a story about friendship, mistaken identities, and going with the flow when things don’t go as planned.

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Noodle Loaf

Noodle Loaf will be celebrating the creative side of Halloween with an echo song all about home made costumes like a marshmallow cat and a giant kazoo.

Plus more interactive Halloween themed music games to get you in the Halloween spirit!

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Science is Fun E

Private and Skipper discuss the realities of the Loch Ness Monster, and Ghosts.

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Sparkle Stories

When seven young girls win a day-long journey aboard the great pirate ship “The Windward” — a real-life model of a fictional ship — they never suspect the true Halloween adventure that awaits them on October 31.

Nine-year-old Periwinkle “Wink” Mackenzie finds herself in need of all the information she has learned from multiple readings of her favorite book series, “The Windward Chronicles”.

Story Spectacular

You’re invited to an enchanting Halloween bash with Wanda the Witch and her silly cat Jinx.

Wanda can’t wait to impress all of her guests with her magic dance shoes. But oh no! Wanda’s shoes won’t stop dancing!!! Who will save the day?

Digger the Dog will also stop by and tell us some funny Halloween jokes. It’s gonna be a “SPOOK-Tacular” Time!!!

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The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian

The kids of the Marlowe land on a planet to celebrate Halloween, but ‘trick or treat’ means something very different to the aliens who live there.

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The Past and The Curious

Episode 25: Fakes and Frauds!

Some people just can’t be honest, and some try to pass off something phony as something real.

This episode is about a would-be Shakespeare named William Henry Ireland, and a gang of body snatchers who try to pilfer a president’s dead body — gross!

Featuring Rhea Pechter, Jonathan Messinger, and more. Written and produced by Mick Sullivan.

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👻This Week in the Multiverse

This Week in the Multiverse

October on This Week in the Multiverse starts with a visit to Earth 456, where Dracula, Wolfman, Frankenstein and other monsters are out on the prowl…for fish. Dracula breaks it down for us with his original composition, “Monster Fishing Expedition.” Plus: the worst vampire story in the entire multiverse!

Then it’s on to Earth 13, where every scary highway story is real and out to get you. There’s only one place to hide: the truck stop for ghost truckers!

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In a special Halloween episode of Tumble, Lindsay and Marshall take you behind the scenes of an unusual experiment staged like a scary movie for crows.

We’ll meet the biologist who spent months wearing weird masks and carrying a fake crow around a public park. She was trying to find out why these creepy birds hold what appear to be funerals.

Turns out, you can get a lot of strange looks on the road to science discovery.

Here is the episode link:

What If World

98 — What if unicorns lived in Halloween bushes?

Mr. Eric is joined by a young listener named Sloan who will help tell a totally improvised Halloween tale!

Can Sloan the Little Unicorn find JFKat after he is scared out of their spooky house by an unapologetic Skeleton Ghost?

Lessons include: It’s important to express even the less popular feelings, like guilt and fear; it’s easy to forgive others when you’re able to see from their perspective.

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Kids Listen Sweeps: Many podcasts, one theme.

What is a Kids Listen Sweeps? We take a common theme and present it in our diverse podcasts from several different angles. Think of it as the most enjoyable unit study you’ve ever heard.

We have more fun collaborations coming up, so keep an eye on this blog for future announcements! Are you as excited as we are about Halloween? Tell us all about it on Twitter and Facebook!

Brennen is a reformed professional baker and full-time homeschooling father. He helps his kids with their podcast

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