A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Positive social-emotional lessons about dealing with scary situations and teamwork.
Strong and clear message about underdogs coming out as heroes. Themes of courage, persistence, and teamwork. Examples that good can defeat evil even from unlikely sources.
Positive Role Models
Kids are kind and respectful to each other and family. They demonstrate critical thinking and teamwork through solving problems together. The Demon King is often described in negative terms. Some secondary characters who demonstrate cruel behavior get away with no repercussions. Some key characters have brothers who fit the stereotype of showing bullying behavior toward their sibling. There are more negative role models whose actions go without consequence than positive role models. One adult character tries to be supportive, but several others are portrayed as rude and hurtful to their children. Repeated references to politicians as useless and corrupt.
Characters seemingly represent some different backgrounds, which is often portrayed through different types of monsters, but the show is generally lacking in diversity. Kid characters stand out as misfits because they are different from the other members of their families, and don't represent what their cultures expect of them (for example, the Werewolf doesn't like to hunt and the Monster smiles all the time).
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Violence & Scariness
Wickleson Wickedby, the show's spooky host, introduces and closes each episode with a chilling voice. Includes scary characters, voices, and sounds effects. The Demon King is scary and tries to harm the members of the Spooky Troop. In one episode the Demon King traps the kids in bubbles and sends them into space, telling them they'll be trapped there and stuck having nightmares for the rest of their lives. Several other characters are intentionally mean to others.
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Products & Purchases
Ads are featured in every episode. Ads aren't necessarily kid-centered -- there's a reoccurring ad for a law firm.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Spooky Troop: The Last Halloween is a scary Halloween-themed podcast series centered around underdogs trying to defeat the evil Demon King. The seven tween main characters of the Spooky Troop demonstrate teamwork, perseverance and courage as they battle their nemesis, the Demon King throughout each episode. This show may be scary for younger listeners with creepy music and sound effects and chilling voices of the Demon King and mysterious host Wickleson Wickedby. More often than not characters demonstrate negative or mean behavior toward others, without consequence. The Demon King is always trying to hurt and destroy the members of the Spooky Troop. While this may be a fun Halloween listen for some kids and families who like not-too-scary entertainment, there are only a few episodes and a few production errors that may be distracting.
Is It Any Good?
The scary voices and soundtrack of this podcast are sure to spook and chill young thrill-seekers. In Spooky Troop: The Last Halloween, the Spooky Troop tweens are up against the evil Demon King, who wants to take the souls out of humans with a magical gem. Though the kids are friendly and relatable, the show lacks a realistic depiction of emotions. A good amount of this podcast relies on stereotypes -- good cop/bad cop parenting teams, painting all politicians as useless and corrupt -- to move the plot line forward. The members of the Spooky Troop are painted as misfits, but are the saving grace of the show as they work together to save humans.
Overall this good-versus-evil podcast falls a little flat in the delivery due to a lack of details and explanations, as well as disappointing adult figures. *Note: it's not possible to hear the second episode of the podcast because the first episode is mistakenly uploaded in its place.
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