A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Some social-emotional content about being a good friend or sibling.
Positive messages about being kind to people and animals, and being a good friend. A story about a husband taking his wife's necklace off against her wishes has one of the girls talking about respecting people's boundaries.
Positive Role Models
The kids display bravery, curiosity, and kindness. When they first discover the witch's house, they feed and take care of the animals they find on the property. They try to help Naomi's brother, Dave, even though he wasn't always kind to them. The core group of kids model positive interactions. They can poke fun at each other without hurting feelings.
Kids of different genders are friends and work together. A special episode to show support for Ukraine features a Ukrainian fairy tale.
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Violence & Scariness
Plenty of scary sound effects and sudden noises. Some of the classic horror tales include stories of murder, ghosts, and monsters. Some vivid descriptions like discovering a dog's dead body drained of blood.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some of the stories retold within the episodes include characters on dates or talking about kissing.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Witch in the Woods is a family-friendly horror podcast that blends original stories with retellings of classic scary stories. The main plot follows four kids who search for and find a witch's house in the woods on a dare. There are spooky sound effects, and the characters face peril as they soon become involved in supernatural events. The witch tells tales that include spooky apparitions, heads falling off, and killers lurking under the bed. Stories may be too scary or graphic for younger listeners, but the witch's humorous storytelling may be fun for older kids and families who can handle more frights.
Is It Any Good?
This podcast cleverly combines an original supernatural story with retellings of well-known horror tales. The Witch in the Woods is at its best when the witch's friends Barnaby and Grimalkin are telling scary stories to the kids. They bring some humor (and a little dog-cat rivalry) so that that the stories aren't too frightening. It also helps to hear the kids' commentary, so you don't feel like you're listening by yourself. There is a lot of dialogue at the start of each episode, so some listeners may be eager to jump straight to the stories. The Witch in the Woods is a good choice for families with kids interested in spooky campfire tales and urban legends. It definitely delivers older kid-friendly scares.
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