A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Halloween Collection is a wonderful album of Halloween songs from the folks at Sesame Street. Like the TV show, these tunes explore early literacy and math skills through wordplay, rhyming, counting, and movement. Songs also address feelings like fear and character development like relating to others, being kind, and making friends. Song genres span pop, rock, blues, jazz, klezmer, and Broadway-style show tunes, so there's always something interesting to listen to here. There's the tiniest bit of spookiness in Halloween Collection, making it the perfect Halloween album for the preschool set and up.
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What's the story?
Is it any good?
If you're a fan of Halloween and Sesame Street, then this album's for you (and your kids). The songs are well written, with plenty of learning moments and positive messages, and some have just a hint of spookiness -- nothing that should frighten even the youngest listeners. The songs also expose young ears to a variety of genres. Don't be surprised if your kid wants to hear these treats beyond the Halloween season, because they're that good. Standout tracks are many and include "Games Monsters Play," "Afraid of the Dark," "Eensy Weensy Spider," "Be Kind to Your Neighborhood Monsters," "Bones (Inside of You)," "Elmo Says Boo!" "Batty Bat," and "Monster in the Mirror."
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the origins of Halloween (or All Hallow's Eve). Why is Halloween associated with scary things? Why do we dress up in costumes, carve pumpkins, and go trick-or-treating?
What makes a song spooky? Are these songs spooky? Do they set the mood for Halloween?
Talk about ways to be safe when trick-or-treating on Halloween. What are some rules that help keep you safe (going with a parent, using a flashlight, going to people's houses you know)?