I have to confess that we watch a lot of TV in my house. I’m not proud of it, but it’s a fact of life. All of us love TV. I try to limit my girls’ viewing, but there are some days that I suck at that, too. Grace seems to love TV the most. If the TV sits idle and dark, she will find the remote, hand it to my husband or me, then say, “TV on.” She really doesn’t like it if I refuse to turn on the television, and has been known to pitch a fit. The TV stays off but the rest of us are miserable.
While TV is a bad word to some, I find it to be quite educational in many ways. Not only do programs teach numbers, colors, and the ABCs, but there are also programs that teach my girls everything from good manners, using the potty, and even about different holidays.
I remember last year trying to explain Halloween to Ginny. She had dressed up twice before, but didn’t remember. After all, a year is a long time for a two-year-old. As she watched several programs on TV, Ginny grasped what Halloween was. She got excited at the sight of pumpkins, ghosts, and cats. She knew they were symbols of Halloween.
Now, Grace, my youngest, is learning all about Halloween. I’m sure we’ll have to remind her again next year, but until then, she enjoys watching Halloween programs as well. I’m grateful that we have Netflix because it gives me the ability to go back and show my girls great Halloween programs perfect for them. While not all are available on Netflix, most are. I’ve highlighted the programs that you can watch on Netflix (**).
10 Great Halloween Shows for Toddlers
1. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
My girls adore Charlie Brown! Grace would watch Charlie Brown all day, every day if let her. Watching Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and friends talking about Halloween is just a bonus!
2. Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Night of the Golden Pirate Pumpkin/Trick or Treasure!**
It’s hard to resist liking Jake as he and his crew fool Captain Hook time and again. These Halloween episodes make it even better.
3. Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest**
My girls love Curious George and all the trouble he gets into. In this episode, George learns about hay rides, pumpkin festivals, and attends a Boo Festival (and so does your toddler).
4. Peg + Cat: The Parade Problem/The Halloween Problem**
I’ll admit that I always find myself singing the annoying song, “A Problem Solved,” at the end of every episode. These episodes introduce your toddler to Halloween costume parades and trick-or-treating.
5. Sofia the First: Princess Butterfly
Sofia is a favorite in our home! My girls enjoy this episode where Amber, desperate to win a Halloween costume contest, uses a magic spell that turns herself into a butterfly.
6. Mickey’s House of Villians**
This movie is a bit of a non-movie. This movie is basically a bunch of old Mickey Mouse cartoons centered around Halloween. To me, that makes it worth it. My girls loved it!
7. Doc McStuffin’s: Boo-Hoo to You/It’s Glow Time
Poor Doc has to help out a ghost who is afraid of Halloween. I found that this episode reassured Ginny about Halloween not being that scary after all.
8. Super Why!: The Ghost Who Was Afraid of Halloween**
In this episode, Pig is afraid to go trick-or-treating. His friends help him solve the problem so he won’t be scared any more.
9. Spooky Buddies**
Who doesn’t love dogs? These puppies investigate a haunted mansion.
10. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Katerina’s Costumes/Dress-Up Day**
While not specifically Halloween, Daniel and his friends dress up in costumes in these episode segments.
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