Elmo Says BOO!

Common Sense Media says

A funny, fun alternative to Halloween creepiness.





What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, like all Sesame Street CDs, this one teaches while entertaining. For example, there are several counting tunes and an excellent song about the different bones ("so many you can't count them") in the body.

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Kids say

What's the story?

Sesame Street knows skeletons need not be scary. ELMO SAYS BOO! offers a friendly alternative to Halloween creepiness, replacing horror with comedy and fear with fun. Some songs include characters that make kids laugh, like \"Frazzle\" who only says \"Argh!\" -- meaning, yes, no, thank you, maybe, and that he's happy, sad, etc. Other songs are designed for dancing and games, like \"Roll That Pumpkin Down to Town.\" The three best tracks -- \"Transylvania 1-2-3-4-5,\" which hearkens back to the Big Band Era, \"Bones (Inside of You),\" and \"The Batty Bat\" -- all feature the Count at his Transylvanian best.

Is it any good?


Parents are sure to appreciate the gentleness of this Halloween album, although the endless monster songs could become tiresome. This is not true for the kids, though. While the album provides the perfect background for visiting trick-or-treaters, your kids will likely want to hear it all year long.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about self-acceptance and tolerance of others, an important message in some of the monster songs. We are gently reminded that monsters are "hairy but not scary and want to be your friend." You can also locate the bones of the body as the song identifies them.

Music details

Artist:Sesame Street
Release date:September 1, 1998
Label:Sony Music
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Educator and Parent Written byMrs.Melanie December 29, 2013

good job

i think its a really great show for kids
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 16 years old Written bydavestrider May 26, 2013


it has explicit content dont let the kiddies see
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 14 years old Written byNASCAR101 May 14, 2013

totally inapporitate

elmo teaches kids satanic stuff, how to throw beer bottles at younger kids, TP houses and curse
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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