Monday, October 17, 2011

Halloween Happenings!

I should probably make a disclosure right off the bat: I love The Muppets and everything created by Jim Henson. 

I felt it only fair for you to understand what a crucial role The Muppets, and thus, Jim Henson had in my upbringing. You see, The Muppets were a Sunday night ritual at our house. My mother refused to make dinner on Sunday nights so we were all left to fend for ourselves {I really should begin this tradition in my own home come to think of it}. 

Probably because neither of us could assemble anything resembling a meal on our own, my dad and I quickly formed an alliance. Every Sunday night we'd piece together some sort of "meal" and sit down together in time to watch The Muppets. Every Sunday night. No one else in the family joined us. It was our time. We both adored The Muppets and laughed like crazy though the entire show. My favorite, of course, was Miss Piggy. My dad felt a particular fondness for the grouchy old men in the balcony. 

It was sacred father / daughter time. 

Ten and even twenty years later, when The Muppets were no longer televised on Sunday nights and when I no longer lived at home with my dad, we would still talk every Sunday night at precisely that same time. It was still our sacred time though the medium through which we connected had changed. 

So you see, when I say Jim Henson had a crucial role in my upbringing I'm really not exaggerating.  

And now The Jim Henson Company is impacting a whole new generation through PBS Kids programming, books and more! 

I was recently provided with one free copy of The Spooky Scavenger Hunt to review and one to giveaway!

The Spooky Scavenger Hunt is a darling adventure featuring the characters from the PBS Kids series Dinosaur Train. Mr. Pteranodon takes Buddy and Tiny on a nighttime trip to the Big Pond for a spooky nature walk. The characters use their senses to navigate this nighttime scavenger hunt! Simple read-aloud fun for kids ages 3-6! 

Of course, that is not all The Jim Henson Company has to offer this Fall.  

A new episode of the Dinosaur Train - Haunted Roundhouse / Big Pond Pumpkin Patch premieres on October 20th on PBS Kids and repeats on the 24th, 28th, 30th and 31st!

In Haunted Roundhouse, dad takes the kids on a special Night Train to Troodon Town, where the Troodons have decoratedtheir Roundhouse into a “haunted house” for a spooky party. The kids end up meeting a strange new nocturnal creature – a mammal named Vlad Volaticotherium, who was hiding in the roundhouse trying to get some sleep. And in Big Pond Pumpkin Patch, the Pteranodon family learns more about the customs of their neighbors, the Lambeosaurus family, when they are invited for the first time to accompany them to the Big Pond to celebrate “Gourd Day” – a kind of Mesozoic Halloween. The kids see their first pumpkins, and Larry Lambeosaurus even shows our family how to hollow them out and carve faces into them. Too fun! 

And whether your little tike is enthralled by Buddy, the main character of Dinosaur Train, or Tiny, his little green friend, there is a Halloween costume to please even the pickiest Pteranodon!

You can purchase these darling costumes or, for those who are little more adventurous {read: have a crafty bone in her body} they provide patterns for a sew and a no sew option!   

Seriously - how cute is that?!

If dinosaurs aren't your thing check out the new episode of Sid the Science Kid - Spooky Science Special which premieres TODAY {and repeats on the 25th, 28th, 30th and 31st}! There is even a make-your-own Sid the Science Kid costume!

Giveaway details: 

The Jim Henson Company will provide one lucky reader with a free copy of The Spooky Scavenger Hunt book!

Mandatory Entry: 
Follow The Jim Henson Company on Facebook - - and Twitter - {both actions required for valid entry}.

Leave a comment here telling me you've done both.

Additional Entries: 
Follow PBS Kids on Facebook - {one entry}.
Follow PBS Kids on Twitter - {one entry}.
Follow me on Twitter - {one entry}.
Follow me on Facebook - {one entry}.

Leave a separate comment here for each entry.

Rules (aka the fine print): 
You must be 18 years of age and a U.S. citizen to enter. Chances of winning are based upon number of entries received. The contest will run from Monday, October 17th through, Friday, October 21st at Noon CST. A winner will be selected from all eligible entires using The winner must provide me with his or her mailing address within 48 hours of notification or another winner will be selected.  

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