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PBS KIDSpiration: October 2017

Got kids? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite programs and ideas for family fun happening this October.

September 30, 2017

Pumpkin patches, spooky-cute costumes and autumn treats, oh my! Have an inspired October with these fun ideas! 


Tune into the KCTS 9 PBS KIDS 24/7 channel or stream it online for educational PBS KIDS content all day, every day! Or, watch on the PBS KIDS Video App or PBS KIDS YouTube channel. Games are available on the PBS KIDS Games App and on the PBS KIDS site.

PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Night

Fridays at 4:00 p.m. on air and online

Arthur and the Haunted Tree House 
Premieres Monday, Oct. 23 at 7:00 a.m. on KCTS 9

Join Arthur and his buddies for a spooky sleepover! If your kids are excited about the idea of a slumber party but aren’t quite ready for the real thing, check out this have a pretend slumber party, complete with popcorn and jammies!  And don’t miss more “Oddtober” episodes of Odd Squad, Sesame Street and Cyberchase this month, both on channel 9 and on the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel!

PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Night + Family Activities!

Fridays at 4:00 p.m. on air and online
Oct. 6  — Odd Squad: Against the Odds
Oct. 13 — The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about Halloween!
Oct. 20 — Oddtober: PBS KIDS Halloween marathon
Oct. 27 — Arthur and the Haunted Treehouse


Bring Your kids’ favorite characters to life as jack-o’-lanterns!

Skip the screams and aim for squeals this Halloween with pumpkin carvings inspired by Super WHY, Daniel Tiger, Curious George and more!

Tissue-box dinosaur feet

There’s something about a box. Add a couple of cute feet and well, you have yourself an easy craft that will provide hours of roaring fun! 

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Autumn flavors packaged in a portable treat? Yes, please! Pair one of these with your favorite latte for fall-flavored bliss!



Photo credit: Michele Coates

Find the best Puget Sound pumpkin patches and corn mazes
Bundle up the kiddos and have some fall fun on the farm with this roundup of all the best spots for a harvest-themed adventure! 

Seattle Children’s Festival 
Come to Seattle Center and enjoy live performances, interactive workshops, and more at the 4th Annual Seattle Children’s Festival on Sunday, Oct. 8. Stop by the KCTS 9 booth and get your picture taken with Curious George!

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE: King for a Day!
Ticket alert!
Daniel Tiger is coming to the Moore Theatre in Seattle on March 4, 2018 for two shows (2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.) Tickets are on sale now.


Daniel Tiger’s Storybooks
Read, play, and learn with this collection of favorite stories from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood! (Also available in Spanish). 

PBS KIDS Plug & Play
There’s a new way to play on TV! The PBS KIDS Plug & Play is a kid-safe television streaming stick that allows children to explore educational content from PBS KIDS at their own pace, no subscription required.

Just for parents

On the air

Swashbuckling, smoldering fan favorite Poldark returns to Masterpiece on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 9:00 p.m.

Whether you’re already hooked on Poldark, or are saddling up for the first time with our rough-and-ready hero Ross Poldark, make sure to watch all of Poldark Seasons 1 and 2 now on KCTS 9 Passport.


When something scary happens
Resources to help families cope in emergencies and other challenging times.

An Antidote to Bullying: Moral Courage and a Global Vision
October is Bullying Prevention Month and this guide will help you get the conversation with your kid started. 


Free fun!
Did you know you can take your — and your kids’ — favorite shows anywhere? The PBS and PBS KIDS video apps are free and available on most devices. Check them out.

C’mon get app-y!
From the ABCs to the 123s, these are the apps you your little learner will love.


Picking a Costume from Fowl Language Comics. 


Shaylan Frazee-McClellan

Shaylan has worked in public media for over a decade. She finds joy in exploring the Pacific Northwest through the eyes of her two small children. She has a passion for children's media, cooking, photography and writing about her adventures. Follow her on Twitter @shaylanfrazee. More stories by Shaylan Frazee-McClellan