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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Intended to entertain rather than to educate, but the characters shed light on basic facts about their species, such as that spiders spin webs and flies have multiple eyes.
Friendship is a reciprocal relationship; sometimes it requires you to make a sacrifice for someone else, and sometimes it’s their turn to help you. Respect for differences is important and teaches compassion. Self-expression allows your needs to be heard and helps others respond to them. One scene shows that Worm has two mothers.
Positive Role Models
Each of the three friends has distinctly different personality traits that contribute something valuable like assertiveness, loyalty, and determination to the group. As the story evolves and things don’t go quite as planned for them, they also demonstrate that they can adapt to change.
Violence & Scariness
Some mild scares like spooky sounds and the telling of a haunting story.
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This holiday special is part of the Bug Diaries show, which are inspired by a series of Doreen Cronin books.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Halloween Bug-a-Boo! is a holiday special from the Bug Diaries series and follows Spider, Fly, and Worm as they get ready for a fun night of trick-or-treating and other festive activities. These best friends are a wonderful example of the kind of support and help those special people (or bugs) in our lives can be, and viewers will see numerous examples of kindness and compassion in their interactions. The story touches on the kinds of mild scares that are fun around Halloween, but nothing of real concern arises for the show's young viewers. Content reinforces basic facts about the characters' species, such as the fact that spiders can spin webs that look like Halloween decorations.
Is It Any Good?
If this cute holiday special is any indication, Halloween traditions in the insect world are more similar to those of humans than you might expect. Worm's fretting over what to wear is a relatable woe (who hasn't felt the grip of disappointment over a parent's choice of costume?), and Fly's single-minded candy goal is an every-kid thing. There's a spooky neighborhood mystery, an unfortunate costume catastrophe, and a handful of other memorable goings-on worthy of the characters' inevitable diary entries.
Fly, Worm, and Spider are what friendship is all about, and their time together always demonstrates some important truths about what it means to be -- and to have -- a friend. These three are all in for each other; when one has her sights set on something, they all pitch in to make it happen. And when one has feelings he needs to talk about, the others listen, empathize, and propose solutions. Halloween Bug-a-Boo! is a sweet seasonal treat for the characters' young fans and their respective grown-ups.
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