Parents' Guide to

Welcome to Night Vale

By CrystalStone, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Sci-fi radio show combines spookiness and humor.

Podcast Storytelling Night Vale Presents Average run time: 26 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

A Spooky Little Desert Community of Caring

While Night Vale was not created for children, it's a cozy creepy spooky funny podcast with heart that can be enjoyed by spookier kids and parents together. My children have even attended live performances with me! They started listening with me at around age 8. It's more spooky than outright horror, and as it goes on there are strong themes of community and compassion and embracing those who the world might think of as "different". Good for kids that love ghosts and just want to be friends with monsters. Less violent than a Marvel movie as most of the blood mentioned is decorative rather than violent. The characters are diverse and engaging, and the morals are solid and revolve around forming a community that cares even when the nights are dark and the greater world feels scary. One of the creators has also written a wonderful young adult book, "The Halloween Moon".

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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People who enjoy Stephen King, R.L. Stine, or David Lynch will enjoy this spooky yet fun podcast. Welcome to Night Vale combines light-hearted storytelling, science fiction, and horror in an entertaining fictional broadcast for the citizens of Night Vale. Most stories detailed in the broadcast are written to be silly, making the horror aspects less scary. This podcast is fun for adults while also providing a great entry into science fiction and horror stories for kids and tweens. The podcast's website provides links to dozens of published stories that parents can read with their kids. Some language used is a bit more advanced than some younger audiences may be able to understand.

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