Sesame Street: Halloween Collection

Common Sense Media says

Playful, not-so-spooky Halloween songs for the family.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Almost every song supports character or emotional development in some way, whether it's friendship in "Be Kind to Your Neighborhood Monsters," "Hey Little Worm," or "Monster in the Mirror," or talking about what it's like to be scared in "Afraid of the Dark" or "Elmo Says Boo!"  Other songs encourage early academics by showcasing literacy in "S-Sammy the Snake," math with "Batty Bat," and science in "Bones (Inside of you)."

Positive messages

Everyone can relate to "Afraid of the Dark." Telly encourages kids to face their fears without dismissing their feelings: "I was afraid of the dark/Of the sounds near my door/Time when by and I grew older/Then I understood what I was frightened for/And now I'm not afraid of darkness anymore." Grover encourages facing fears and the Golden Rule in "Monster in the Mirror:" "If your mirror has a monster in it, do not shout/This kind of situation does not call for freaking out/And do nothing that you would not like to see him do/'Cause that monster in the mirror he just might be you."

Positive role models

Some songs encourage positive social skills, like Grover's "Be Kind to Your Neighborhood Monsters:" "Be kind to your neighborhood monster/'Cuz they are not as scary as they seem…/For a monster may be somebody's mommy/And her feelings aren't exactly make of wood/So offer her a piece of your salami/Be kind to your monsters in your neighborhood." The Count encourages happiness through the joys of counting and dance. From "Batty Bat:" "1 2 3, spread out the cape/1 2 3, twirl round the floor/1 2 3, left foot you swing/1 2 3, then start to sing/1 2 3, loud as you please/1 2 3, counting with ease/1 2 3, doing the batty bat."

Violence & scariness

There's just a touch of spookiness here, with signature Halloween minor chord progression and a couple of very mild "Boos." None of the characters are mean or scary to each other, and none try to scare listeners. "Afraid of the Dark" is about childhood fears of the dark (seeing shadows on the wall, or things around the room), but addresses it in an accepting, non-shameful way that's empowering, not scary. And while there are several songs about monsters (Muppets are monsters, after all), they are humanized with emotions and feeling, just like people.

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Songs from this album are taken from the long-running PBS children's TV show, Sesame Street

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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?

HALLOWEEN COLLECTION features songs by Sesame Street characters Harry, Grover, Telly, The Count, Oscar, Sammy the Snake, and Elmo. This album's a compilation of Halloween-themed songs featured in Sesame Street TV shows over the years.

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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."

Families can talk 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)?

Music details

Artist:Sesame Street
Release date:October 16, 2012
Type:Album
Label:Sesame Workshop
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written by8 mile March 17, 2014
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Oh my goodness!

There are tons of Violence and killings in this, I cant believe they would allow these stuff on a Children show, especially since this is sesame street! I recommend this for people over 18.
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