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It's no secret that we enjoy a lot of programming from PBS Kids here at Rock Father HQ, so it should come as no surprise to other families with preschool-aged children that WordWorld is viewed on a frequent basis. For those that haven't yet seen WordWorld, it's a show in which words literally come alive as "WordFriends" - characters whose bodies spell the word they are. Throughout each episode, spelling and reading are taught through the thoughtful placement of various objects in the environment that are also comprised of words. Like most good shows, WordWorld has a Halloween edition, and it's been a fixture in our 31 Days of Halloween since last year.

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Ever since it's release in 1984, people have been doing cover versions of Ray Parker Jr.'s theme from GHOSTBUSTERS. I've heard a ton of 'em, but two of the best belong to HOOBASTANK and MELO-M. Hoobastank's rockin' 2009 cover came complete with what is essentially a live-action version of THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS cartoon for the video...

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With Caillou being my oldest daughter's favorite television show, the holiday episodes are always looked forward to. We have a few on DVD, though for some reason the available episodes of the series are sporadic and often duplicated between DVD volumes. In the meantime, many episodes are seemingly unavailable, and that means that several Halloween installments are AWOL unless you happen to catch them on PBS Kids or on Sprout. While I imagine those channels will start airing some Halloween Caillou goodness in the days ahead, there are some great options to enjoy at all times. 

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We all know what happens to old Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens' classic story, A CHRISTMAS CAROL. But prior to his ghost-induced personal turnaround, how did he act during the rest of the year? What was his demeanor during other holidays, like say, Halloween? Chicago's own POOCHAMUNGAS might just have the answer, as revealed in their new seasonal song, "Bah Humbug Halloween." Stream the track below, then grab a FREE Download (through Oct 31) on CDBaby!

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You wouldn't normally associate MICRO MACHINES - the super-tiny little cars that once out-sold both HOT WHEELS and MATCHBOX in the 1980s - with Halloween. In 1990, however, that's just what toymaker Galoob did, decking out The Micro Machines Man (aka actor John Moschitta Jr.) in his Bela Lugosi-best as DRACULA.

Open since 1912, Didier Farms is a sizable greenhouse and farmstand located at 16678 W. Aptakisic Rd. on the border of Prarie View and Lincolnshire, Illinois - about 30 miles north of Chicago. When Fall rolls around, their annual "Pumpkinfest" goes into full-effect as the entire property is transformed into an Autumn Wonderland. While there's plenty of "pumpkin patches" in the Chicago area (and we love many of them), the large array of activities and sights is what puts Didier Farms among those in the top tier.

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