This Halloween special explores the traditions of Halloween, from carving pumpkins to costumes, and what the history is to explain trick-or-treating. Mixed with great music!

This episode comes with a hands-on Learn-Along guide which meets and cites US educational content standards for use in the classroom.

Pumpkins go hand in hand with Halloween, but there is a lot more to that story, and about the actual fruit of the pumpkin plant. Isaac from our Kids Crew digs into the pumpkin patch to find out more.

Have you ever wondered why we carve pumpkins, or who made the first jack o lantern? Corbit from our Kids Crew reveals the history and legend behind the spooky face.

People have made incredible carved pumpkins! Here are a few we found that we thought were impressive, and inspirational.

Sometimes, you might see a teal pumpkin as part of a Halloween display. It’s not an accident but it means that house has treats that are safe for kids with food allergies. We learn more about the teal pumpkins of Halloween with Charlotte Joseph from the New Mexico Food Allergy Network.

One of the strangest traditions in Halloween is trick or treating. Why do we go door to door and bother our neighbors, banging on their doors and asking for candy or other treats? The tradition is not as old as you might think, according to our host Katie Stone. 

From all of us at The Children’s Hour, we wish you a happy and safe Halloween! Bring a flashlight if you trick or treat, and remember if the porch lights are out, skip that house.

This episode was written and produced by our Executive Producer, Katie Stone, with help from Christina Stella, our Senior Producer. Our Learn-Along Guide was written by Lorraine Archibald. 

© 2023 The Children’s Hour Inc.


Please note: not all songs we play can be found in Spotify.

Playlist: Pumpkin Spice

Halloween (The Night That I Love)Danny WeinkaufDinosaurs and Metaphors
Gimme a Smile (The Pumpkin Song)Andrew Gold & Greg PrestopinoHalloween Howls: Fun & Scary Music
The Great Pumpkin Waltz (Instrumental)Vince GuaraldiIt's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Allegretto autunnale (Instrumental)Dee Yan-Keysingle
Pumpkin Seed (Instrumental)Keith BearEarthlodge
On Top of It (Instrumental)Blue Dot SessionsMoon Juice
Adobe Dog House (Instrumental)Gideon FreudmannAdobe Dog House
The Pumpkin PatchThe Happy RacersA Scary Very Halloween
Pumpkin ManJohn McCutcheonJohn McCutcheon's Four Seasons: Autumnsongs
The Pumpkin's Lullabye (Instrumental)Wessell AndersonWarmdaddy In The Garden Of Swing
Why Can't Every Day Be HalloweenTriple RainbowWhy Can't Every Day Be Halloween - Single
Owl's Dream (Radio Version)G'RaphHappily Ever Now (Radio Versions)
Party Monsters (feat. FYUTCH)Suzi SheltonParty Monsters - Single
One Little Jack-o-LanternBlue Moon BoyCritters! Creatures! Cryptids! - EP
Return of the Gucci Ghost (Instrumental)Donnie Ozonesingle
Yvette (Instrumental)Monolog RockstarsGroene Vingers (Original Soundtrack) - EP
Spooky HalloweenJackie B and the Mini BandSpooky Halloween - Single
Witches BrewLevity Beet & Itty Bitty BeatsWitches Brew - Single
A Severed Head, Speaking (Instrumental)Haunted CorpseDirges for the Undead
Five Little PumpkinsRaffiSingable Songs for the Very Young
Paint My Pumpkin TealKyle DinePaint My Pumpkin Teal - Single
Spooky Halloween NightEVT KidsSpooky Halloween Night - Single
Ghost ChickenKeith MunslowGhost Chicken - Single
Have You Seen It? (Instrumental)Dr. Frankensteinsingle
What Am I Gonna Be (For Halloween)?The Laurie Berkner BandLet's Go!

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