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Despite occasionally writing about the franchise when something newsworthy has happened over the past few years, I didn't realize how powerful R.L. Stine's Goosebumps was until fairly recently. With our girls now 6 & 9, they've discovered the spooky world of Goosebumps, first through the 1990s television series which has been available on Netflix. But earlier this year, a neighbor started placing some of the original, 400-million-selling books from Scholastic into the Simplay3 Neighborhood Sharing Library that I installed in our yard last year. Goosebumps became a staple of the heavy reading rotation, and eventually they checked out the 2015 film that was inspired by that world. All that said, the timing of Sony Pictures' Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween couldn't be better, and the fact that I was invited to host a Chicago-area advance screening of the film was absolutely perfect... a first-hand example of just how powerful the Goosebumps franchise really is. And Haunted Halloween? It's primed to be a perennial favorite - a new Halloween classic that's going to surprise a lot of people.

This weekend, Oct. 12 - 14, 2018, Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party!, is coming to Chicagoland for eight performances at the Rosemont Theatre. This is an all-new Sesame Street Live! - the inaugural production under Feld Entertainment’s new partnership with the non-profit educational organization, Sesame Workshop. features favorite Sesame Street pals Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and more in a brand-new sensory adventure live on stage. Check out a preview below!

It's gonna be a huge fall for Hailee Steinfeld. The Academy Award-nominated actress and recording artist will host and perform at the 2018 MTV EMAs airing live globally from Bilbao Exhibition Centre, Spain on Sunday, November 4 at 7:00pm ET/PT. The new gig comes ahead of her lead role in Paramount Pictures' new Transformers spin-off, Bumblebee, and her voice role as Gwen Stacy/Spider-Gwen in Sony's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. MTV revealed Steinfeld as this year's EMAs host this morning through a Facebook Live sketch that was broadcast across its international platforms.

At the inaugural HasCon back in 2017, Hasbro hosted a special My Little Pony VIP fan dinner which included raffle prizes for attendees. The grand prize raffle winners were given a once in a lifetime opportunity – their very own My Little Pony characters that would actually appear in an episode of Friendship is Magic! At the dinner, two winners were chosen - Natalya and Thomas - and this weekend, their Ponies will appear in the Season 8 finale, School Raze. Earlier today, Hasbro sent over a new batch of photos showing off these new Ponies, and you can catch them in action when the new episode premieres on October 13, 2018 on Discovery Family.

Each Fall, I always look forward to new Halloween episodes from some of our favorite shows, and this year there's quite a few on deck. One that's already out there in the rotation is a dual-dose of Halloween fun from Disney Junior's Muppet Babies. Originally airing on October 5, 2018 and now in the mix during the daily dose of Muppet Babies (check your local listings),  Happy Hallowocka!/The Teeth Chattering Tale of the Haunted Pancakes includes two 11-minute tales inside one half-hour episode. And, there's a "Super Spooky Halloween" music video as well! Check it out...

Wednesday, October 10 2018 13:28

LEGO Overwatch Launches with Exclusive Bastion...

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Word started circulating earlier this year that LEGO and Blizzard were collaborating on some new sets based on Overwatch, and within the past few weeks the real teasing began. Now comes word that the first LEGO Overwatch set will launch as a Blizzard Store Exclusive. The LEGO® Overwatch Omnic Bastion Building Kit (75987) is a 182-piece entry into a blocky new video game-inspired world. Check this out...

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