Costume Quest: Heroes on Holiday

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Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media
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Charming holiday-themed special promotes teamwork, kindness.

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Positive Messages

Despite reluctance to get involved in any superhero dramas while on holiday, the kids know their skills are needed to help protect the innocent and they rise to the occasion. Themes of teamwork, courage, being responsible members of the community.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Costume Quest heroes are a gender-balanced foursome of diverse kiddos who each contribute something valuable to the group. They are individuals with their own unique ideas and skills, who learn from their mistakes.

Violence & Scariness

Nasty character named Silvia Razer is on a single-minded mission to prove existence of monsters -- and she doesn't care who gets hurt in her quest. Several action sequences full of laser blasts, kicks, punches. Goofy monster characters are saddled with tracking bracelets. It's all done very cartoonishly, however, and is probably fine for all but the most sensitive or young viewers.

Sexy Stuff

Although the series is based on a cult favorite video game series (which, in theory, could make viewers want to purchase and play said games), at no point are the games mentioned, and there is no implicit call to buy anything.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Costume Quest: Heroes on Holiday is a seasonal special featuring the same fun-loving and diverse crew of kids that kids know and love from the Costume Quest animated series. The plot centers on Auburn Hollow's Christmas Festival of Cheer, which should be a relaxing time for the town but instead turns into a monster-ridden near catastrophe. As with the main series, some of the visuals might be a little too intense or spooky for very young kids -- monsters wearing fake human faces they can remove at will, lasers blasting during fights, etc. -- but overall, the fisticuffs are cartoony and mild. Themes of kindness, teamwork, and friendship are present.

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What's the story?

COSTUME QUEST: HEROES ON HOLIDAY finds our pint-sized heroes Wren, Reynold, Everett, and Lucy gearing up to enjoy a drama-free time at Auburn Hollow's annual Christmas Festival of Cheer. They're anticipating a fun-filled party complete with gifts and nougat galore -- but soon find themselves roped into adventure yet again when the nefarious monster hunter Silvia Razer shows up in their town, desperate to track down the source of all this paranormal activity her creepy van's sensors have been detecting. The kids are forced to abandon the festival to strap on their magical costumes and save their community before Razer mows down monsters and humans alike in her maniacal quest for proof that these spooky creatures exist.

Is it any good?

This holiday special features playful animation, a diverse crew of characters who are both amusing and sweet, and an overall tone of goofy fun that makes it a surefire hit for fans of the main series. You don't have to be an overworked superhero to relate to these kids and their wish to just kick back and relax for once -- and Costume Quest: Heroes on Holiday does a great job showing the way the gang learns from their mistakes, and how sometimes we have to do the responsible thing and fight for what's right, even when it's not convenient or easy. Of course, this being Auburn Hollow, there's plenty of slapstick fun, silly songs, and lighthearted laughter, too.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the special's villain, Silvia Razer, and what might be motivating her to find proof that monsters exist. Is she driven by scientific curiosity, or by fear of things that are different? How does this affect how she treats the people and creatures around her?

  • What do the Costume Quest: Heroes on Holiday kids learn about compassion and teamwork in this special? Why are these important character strengths?

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