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A New ODD SQUAD Headlines PBS KIDS' Halloween Programming during ODD-TOBER!

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PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent)My favorite time of year is almost here, and PBS KIDS is once again rolling out some stellar Halloween-themed programming throughout the month of October.

ODD SQUAD is toplining things this year with a new one-hour special entitled, ODD SQUAD: AGAINST THE ODDS, and there's a bunch of Halloween favorite episodes of DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD, CURIOUS GEORGE, PEG + CAT, CAILLOU and more coming back. Check out the full details below...

“October is an especially exciting time for children, and PBS KIDS is proud to offer engaging media content across platforms throughout the month. From triumphing over odd villains with Olive and Otto in ODD SQUAD to dressing up in costumes with Daniel Tiger and friends, kids will have the chance to join their favorite PBS KIDS characters on adventures all ‘Odd-tober’ long — and explore math, problem-solving and teamwork along the way.”Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager, Children’s Media, PBS

On Monday, October 5, PBS KIDS will premiere “ODD SQUAD: Against the Odds,” an all-new one-hour special from PBS KIDS’ newest hit series. “Against the Odds” will include five 11-minute stories with Olive, Otto and the rest of the gang as they solve the community’s strange problems (descriptions follow). The special will repeat throughout the week of October 5 and will be available free on pbskids.org and the PBS KIDS Video App. ODD SQUAD, a live-action series from The Fred Rogers Company that premiered on PBS KIDS last year, is designed to help kids ages 5-8 build math, problem-solving and collaboration skills.

“Odd-tober” will continue on PBS KIDS throughout the week of October 25-31 with the return of family Halloween favorites, including the hit one-hour special “CURIOUS GEORGE: A Halloween Boo Fest.” Favorite episodes from PBS KIDS series such as DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, WILD KRATTS, PEG + CAT and DINOSAUR TRAIN will also air throughout the week (a full listing of episodes follows). Families will be able to play Halloween games and stream the Halloween-themed episodes free on pbskids.org and the PBS KIDS Video App.

BONUS: Click Here for Details on Three New PBS KIDS Halloween DVDs!

PBS KIDS Halloween

“ODD SQUAD: Against the Odds” – premieres Monday, October 5 (check local listings)
Five all-new 11-minute stories are packed into a super special hour:
  • Undercover Olive” (Parts 1 and 2): In this half-hour episode, Olive goes undercover in a high-stakes “Rock, Paper, Scissors” game.
  • “The Curious Case of Pirate-itis”: Otto and Oscar try to stop Olive from turning into a pirate.
  • “Not So Splash”: Olive and Otto must figure out why parts of the town are turning snowy and cold — in the middle of summer.
  • “By the Book”: Olive and Otto interrogate two suspects to figure out which one is innocent and which one is guilty.
Halloween Programming – airs October 25-31
Check local listings for airdates and times.
  • “Hick or Treat/ Mr. Alwaysright”
  • “Tales of Grotesquely Grim Bunny/ Pet Projects”
  • “Caillou Loves the Fall”
  • “Fall Is in the Air”
  • “Trick or Treat/ King Cecil the Seahorse”
  • “Aye Aye!/ Trick or Treat”
  • “CURIOUS GEORGE: A Halloween Boo Fest”
  • “Night of the Weiner Dog/ Animal Trackers”
  • “Katerina’s Costumes/ Dress up Day”
  • “Haunted Roundhouse/ Big Pond Pumpkin Patch”
  • “One Big Frog/ Caving with Vlad”
  • “Night Train/ Fossil Fred”
  • “Martha Gets Spooked/ Martha Changes Her Luck”
  • “Martha: Deadline Doggie/ It’s the Giant Pumpkin, Martha”
  • “TD’s Magic/ Scaredy Cat”
  • “The Halloween Problem”
  • “Tricks & Tales”
  • “Spooky Charms”
  • “Secrets of the Spider’s Web”
  • “A Bat in the Brownies”
  • “Little Howler”
  • “Tobey’s Tricks and Treats/ Escape Wham”
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