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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Barney: Halloween Party is a short movie about Halloween and the fall season starring everyone's favorite purple dinosaur. Kids will learn a lot about autumn, seasonal crafts, and the Halloween holiday (with a focus on crafts and fun, not candy), including some basic safety rules for how to trick-or-treat safely.
What's the story?
In BARNEY'S HALLOWEEN PARTY, Miss Kepler needs help decorating for the big Halloween party. Barney takes the kids to a farm to gather some seasonal goodies, where they learn about autumn, the different fruits and vegetables that grow during the fall season, and sing about the joys of eating apples. They then go back to the school and show Barney all the Halloween crafts they've made to decorate the school gym. Meanwhile, B.J. gets ready to take Baby Bop on her first trick-or-treating adventure, and they learn some important Halloween rules to keep them safe.
Is it any good?
Parents will no doubt be cringing by the first song, but the preschooler and younger set will be charmed as usual by the big purple dinosaur. Barney: Halloween Party is packed full of songs (with some classic favorites such as "The Itsy Bitsy Spider," along with originals), some silly dance numbers, and a lot of costume fun.
Very young kids may be a bit bored with how many crafts are demonstrated and will probably lose interest watching the kids glue colored paper onto paper bags to make owl hand puppets. But craft-minded parents might be inspired to help kids make the crafts after the movie. Parents probably also will like that the emphasis is on the festive fun of the season, not on grabbing up the most treats (though candy isn't ignored entirely).
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