Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest

I’ve now see the all new Curious George A Halloween Boo Fest holiday special about 6 times. I received a screener of the movie to check out with the kids. It has become Andrew’s favorite thing to watch now. He is crazy about “ooh ooh” as he calls George. We’ve been watching many past seasons on Amazon Prime. George is now Andrew’s go to character.

But how is the special? It is a cute story of Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat enjoying Halloween at their country home. While there they learn the legend of “No Noggin” a ghost with a penchant for kicking off hats. George is determined to find out all about this mysterious character and also determined to win the costume contest at the town’s Halloween fair so that he can win a leaf vacuum for the Man in the Yellow Hat.

There is one very funny part in the special that I loved. It is a small exchange between Curious George and The Man in the Yellow Hat. As an adult it really struck me as funny because it was one of those small bits of dialog that takes a moment not to take itself, too seriously. It was my favorite part. It sort of went over the kid’s heads but if you are an adult and have grown up with Curious George and read the books and just know the character then you’ll probably get it, too.

The special comes out on Monday October 28th and will also replay on Halloween. Check your local listings for showtimes. I’d suggest taping of DVRing it to watch with the kids on Halloween night or afternoon. They will get a kick out of it. I’m pretty sure we’re going to wear out the screener before Halloween. We watched it twice this morning alone.

Below is the official press release about the show.


CURIOUS GEORGE: A Halloween Boo Fest headlines PBS KIDS’ Halloween programming lineup this October; new digital content will launch in tandem with the premiere

ARLINGTON, VA, October 3, 2013 – On October 28, PBS KIDS will premiere the first ever CURIOUS GEORGE Halloween special – CURIOUS GEORGE: A Halloween Boo Fest. The centerpiece of PBS KIDS’ Halloween programming lineup this October, this one-hour special celebrates curiosity, friendship and trying new things, all while providing safe and family-friendly holiday entertainment. CURIOUS GEORGE: A Halloween Boo Fest features three original songs, including “It’s Halloween Today,” sung by Pat Monahan, the lead singer of Train. As part of this multiplatform event, CURIOUS GEORGE will also feature a new game for web and mobile and new streaming video content this October.

“Consistently a favorite among kids and parents alike, CURIOUS GEORGE takes viewers on adventures grounded in a science and engineering curriculum,” said Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager, Children’s Programming, PBS. “We’re excited to bring this new special from one of our most popular series to families this Halloween on PBS KIDS.”

Throughout the week of October 28, PBS KIDS will feature Halloween programming from other family favorites as well, including new episodes from THOMAS & FRIENDS and its newest series, PEG + CAT, and encore presentations of many other series (check local listings). PBS KIDS will also repeat CURIOUS GEORGE: A Halloween Boo Fest on Halloween.

Online, a new Halloween-themed CURIOUS GEORGE game will launch in late October on In the game, players will use problem-solving and logical thinking skills as they explore a pumpkin patch with George, encountering playful spooky surprises along the way. Developed in HTML5, the game will be playable across platforms – on computers, mobile devices or tablets. Families will be able to stream clips from CURIOUS GEORGE: A Halloween Boo Fest for free on the PBS KIDS Video App, online at and on the PBS KIDS Roku channel.

CURIOUS GEORGE: A Halloween Boo Fest Program Description
It’s George’s first Halloween in the country, and Bill tells him and Allie about the “Legend of No Noggin” – a spooky tale about a hat-kicking scarecrow who haunts the countryside on Halloween. But is the legend real? George and Allie are determined to find out by taking a picture of No Noggin in hat-kicking action. But first, George needs to figure out what he’s going to be for Halloween so he can win the costume contest at the town Boo Festival and give the prize to the Man with the Yellow Hat. Will George be able to put together the perfect costume and find out the truth about No Noggin? Only the curious will find out!

CURIOUS GEORGE the television series is designed to inspire kids to explore science, math and engineering in the world around them in a fun and entertaining way. Based on the best-selling Curious George books by Margret and H.A. Rey, the daily series on PBS KIDS expands George’s world to include a host of colorful characters and original locales, while maintaining the charm of the beloved books. Each half-hour episode includes two animated stories followed by short live-action pieces showing real kids who are investigating the ideas that George introduces in his stories. The series encourages inquiry and curiosity, promotes hands-on exploration and shows parents and caregivers how to support children’s science and math-related play.