Peekaboo Trick or Treat with Ed Emberley

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Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
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Cute app introduces tots to Halloween without scary stuff.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn the names of 14 cute Halloween creatures by tapping on a knocking door and seeing who's behind it. Names are said and written in the corner for reinforcement. Kids with great listening ears can learn the sound effect each character makes and then start guessing who's behind the door before they open it. Peekaboo Trick or Treat with Ed Emberley offers a little new vocab and listening practice for very young kids.

Ease of Play

Kids tap "Play" on the title page to get started. Tapping once opens the door and tapping again closes it.

Violence & Scariness

The pirate carries a large knife.

Sexy Stuff

Parents can reach a page with more app suggestions by swiping up with two fingers anywhere on the screen. Five other titles are listed. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Peekaboo Trick or Treat with Ed Emberley is all about the adorable Halloween illustrations by Caldecott winner Ed Emberley. Even the youngest kids won't find them scary (unless they already have negative associations with standard Halloween characters). The werewolf and green monster prance around in a goofy way, the ghost shimmies in bright orange tennis shoes, the smiley dragon spews a little pencil squiggle, and the witch has stars at the end of her broom. Of very small note: the pirate has a knife he waves briefly as he talks to his parrot. The characters' names (14 in all) are said and spelled for kids in the corner of each page. Plus if kids listen carefully through the door they may be able to figure out who's there before the big tap-and-reveal.

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What's it about?

Kids tap "Play" on the main page of PEEKABOO TRICK OR TREAT WITH ED EMBERLEY and land in front of a haunted house. The door knocks and it's time to play peekaboo with one of 14 cute animated characters on the other side. But wait -- see if kids can guess the creature through the door first by using those listening ears; each one has its own sound effects. Open the door and the creature is announced, its name spelled out in the corner. Then tap the door closed. At the end everyone comes together for a rockin' Halloween party before falling asleep in a heap.

Is it any good?

Peekaboo Trick or Treat with Ed Emberley keeps it simple, focusing on the adorable illustrations. See Screenshot 2 in this review for the cuddliest werewolf ever, and now imagine him dancing a little jig -- so cute. It can be hard to introduce all the scary Halloween characters in an age-appropriate way for little ones, and this app does a great job.

The app will also teach a little vocab. Opt for a child or adult narrator -- both offer fine pronunciation. Turn off the sound to get older kids reading each name in the corner. Peekaboo Trick or Treat is a nice way to combine a little learning with holiday fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Get your dress-up clothes ready and stand behind a door. Then tell kids when they can knock.

  • Don't forget to come up with your own sound effects to help them guess who you are before they open the door!

  • Take orange and black construction paper, cut out pumpkin shapes for kids, and get them gluing.

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For kids who love Halloween

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