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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that A Go! Go! Cory Carson Halloween is a holiday special from the Go! Go! Cory Carson series and involves some mild scares and spooky folks the characters encounter while trick-or-treating. Cory takes the responsibility of caring for his little sister very seriously, risking his own safety to secure hers. There are some tense moments when the characters are trapped, frightened by things that block their way, or startled by a figure suddenly appearing to say “boo!”. Cory is tempted to approach an unfamiliar house by the promise of candy, which leads to many of the scares. Even so, they’re quickly resolved, and the story’s emphasis on Cory’s positive qualities as a sibling and a friend are what make the biggest impression on viewers.
What's the story?
In A GO! GO! CORY CARSON HALLOWEEN, Cory (voiced by Alan C. Lim), Chrissy (Maisie Benson), and Freddie (Smith Foreman) are excited to go trick-or-treating. This year, they have their sights set on getting king-size candy bars, but every house they visit disappoints in that regard. It turns out that the only way to get the coveted candy is to cross town to a spooky haunted house! But if they manage to get there, will they be able to get back home?
Is it any good?
There’s so much to like about Cory and his co-stars, and this eerie Halloween tale will put preschool fans in a festive mood for sure. A Go! Go! Cory Carson Halloween plays up the spook factor with some brief scares and surprises and some supporting characters who seem a little sinister before the truth reveals itself. And if it’s adorable Halloween costumes you’re looking to see, Cory and crew (and especially little Chrissy) don’t disappoint there either.
Cory finds courage in being a leader and in taking care of his friends and little sister. This lively Halloween story offers opportunity for him to do both, and the example he sets is a great one for kids. Parents could point to Cory’s willingness to let the lure of candy get him and his traveling partners into some sticky situations as a cautionary tale if desired, but on the whole, this festive holiday special is a sweet treat for Cory’s young fans.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Cory demonstrates a commitment to being responsible in A Go! Go! Cory Carson Halloween. When his sister's safety is in jeopardy, how does he respond? How does facing challenges inspire courage in us?
What holiday traditions does your family enjoy around Halloween? Are they similar to what Cory and his family and friends do in this story? What rules do you follow to ensure you stay safe while you're trick-or-treating or attending Halloween festivities?
Kids: Was any aspect of this story scary to you? Do you enjoy being scared a bit?
- On DVD or streaming: October 2, 2020
- Cast: Maisie Benson, Alan C. Lim, Smith Foreman
- Directors: Stanley Moore, Alex Woo
- Studio: Netflix
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Cars and Trucks, Brothers and Sisters, Friendship, Holidays, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Character strengths: Courage
- Run time: 24 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Awards/Honors: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: October 23, 2020
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