Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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George finds mischief in mildly spooky Halloween tale.
  • NR
  • 2013
  • 57 minutes

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

Meant to entertain, not educate.

Positive Messages

Even mysterious (or scary) events may have a logical explanation.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters are considerate and kind to one another. Curious George's guardian (the Man in the Yellow Hat) is responsible and caring; George is curious and appreciative of his guardian and wants to make him happy. Humans are drawn in various shades of cream and brown, with one distinctly Latino man.

Violence & Scariness

Very mild cartoon action, no injuries: George plops into a pile of leaves; The Man in the Yellow Hat falls down stairs; George's friend Bill appears to be chased by an army of pumpkins. There are some shadowy and brief spooky effects surrounding a haunted house and The Legend of No Noggin, a headless scarecrow who knocks hats off people.

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Consumerism

Curious George is a popular franchise of books, films, TV, and merchandise. Several trailers for other Universal Home Entertainment movies for kids.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest is a typical franchise entry, fine for preschool kids. The film treats spooky Halloween images (for example, ghosts and spiders) with gentle humor and a very mild "boo" factor. George's friends recall the legend of a headless scarecrow (No Noggin), but even that legend is presented in a way that is not truly suspenseful or frightening. The episode blends several story elements (it's not as linear as most of George's adventures), but the adorable monkey and his world are intact as Halloween is explored and enjoyed by all.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bytinkerbellsmom March 25, 2015

Cute but Scary

We love the Curious George franchise, but the no-noggin plot was too scary for our preschooler. She talked for days about it after, asking questions about being... Continue reading
Parent Written bychristiestephenson October 30, 2015
Kid, 9 years old April 15, 2018

Good for 3+

I think this film is good for 3+. But I also think that maybe a little bit of parental guidance should be provided to kids 2-.

What's the story?

It's autumn in CURIOUS GEORGE: A HALLOWEEN BOO FEST. Leaves are falling, and the holiday is almost here! George is excited, getting ready for the town Boo Festival, the costume contest, the haunted house, and all the fun. But when George hears the Legend of No Noggin, a headless scarecrow who traditionally arrives for Halloween to kick the hats from everyone's head, the little monkey is intrigued and a little bit scared -- and, as always, CURIOUS! Why doesn't No Noggin have a head? Why does he kick off hats? And why does he only do so at Halloween? George has to find out. At the same time, he desperately wants to come up with a spectacular costume, one that could win the grand prize -- an amazing leaf vacuum George would love to give to The Man with the Yellow Hat. As the holiday gets closer, things get spooky, and George ends up in the middle of a very mysterious adventure.

Is it any good?

Gently illustrated and well-produced as always, this episode finds the inquisitive monkey in a mildly spooky Halloween adventure. Though there are lots of cute moments and a funny legend with surprising origins, it's the telling of the tale that falls short. The writing is not as linear and clear as most Curious George stories, and the songs are uniform and generic. Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest feels long and, at times, meandering. Still, George is lovable, and Halloween is a favorite time of year -- that may be enough for most preschoolers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about different kinds of traditional tales, like the ones George hears in Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest. How is a legend different from a fairy tale? A fable? A myth?

  • Why is it fun to dress up in a costume? How does it change you? How does it feel when you're YOU again?

  • Besides eating candy, what are your favorite Halloween activities? Pick an activity and find out how it came to be a Halloween tradition.

  • How do the characters in Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest demonstrate curiosity? Why is that an important character strength?

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