Starbeam: Halloween Hero

Movie review by
Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media
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Superhero StarBeam saves the day in mild holiday special.
  • NR
  • 2020
  • 33 minutes

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Some basic social-emotional lessons like being kind and treating people fairly.

Positive Messages

Some social-emotional lessons like what happens when you're too greedy, and that it's okay if something you made isn't perfect (it's the effort that counts).

Positive Role Models

Zoey/StarBeam is a strong female superhero. She and her sidekick Henry/Boost are both kind and like helping people.

Violence & Scariness

Silly villian Captain Fishbeard's ship has a cannon that shoots stinky socks. There's mildly suspenseful moments, as well as some slapstick injuries (characters fall and their eyes spin).

Sexy Stuff

Captain Fishbeard steals kids' Halloween candy and eats it gluttonously, but there are consequences for his greed.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that StarBeam: Halloween Hero is a special double episode of the StarBeam TV series. There's mild scariness and suspense with a silly pirate villain Captain Fishbeard whose ship has a stinky sock cannon. There's some mild slapstick injuries where characters' eyes turn into spirals. The pirate villain steals kids' Halloween candy, but there are consequences for his greed.

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What's the story?

In STARBEAM: HALLOWEEN  HERO, Zoey and Henry are competing in the annual Halloween costume contest when Captain Fishbeard interrupts to steal all the kids' candy. Zoey transforms into superhero StarBeam and Henry turns into her sidekick Boost, and they go on a quest to save Halloween and return all the candy to the kids of Somerset. They pretend to be pirates to earn Captain Fishbeard's trust, then sing him a pirate lullaby so they can steal the candy back from him. He wakes up mid-heist, and an adventurous chase ensues. Will StarBeam be able to use her magic bubble powers to return the candy to her friends and save Halloween?

Is it any good?

StarBeam's Halloween episode, like the series itself, is a fun -- but just "fine" -- superhero tale. The lead character Zoey/StarBeam is kind and brave, but she's not especially cunning in the ways she defeats the episode's Captain Fishbeard villian. If kids are already fans of StarBeam, they will enjoy Halloweeen Hero, but otherwise this special is unlikely to stand out from other fun spooky stories.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it means to be brave. Zoey and Henry decide to save Halloween, even though they had to do some scary things to get the candy back from Captain Fishbeard. Can you remember a time you were brave?

  • Captain Fishbeard wanted all of the Halloween candy all for himself. Was it right for him to take the candy away from the kids, even though he really wanted it? 

  • Zoey decides to save Captain Fishbeard when his boat is sinking, even though he was mean to her friends. Why do you think she did that?

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For kids who love Halloween fun

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