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HALLOWEEN COMES TO WQPT WITH NEW PROGRAMMING, GAMES AND ACTIVITIES FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY

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October 16, 2017
This “Odd-tober,” new episodes and returning favorites premiere on-air and on streaming platforms, including ARTHUR AND THE HAUNTED TREE HOUSE on Monday, October 23
 
Moline, IL, This “Odd-tober,” WQPT invites families to celebrate Halloween all month long, with spooky new episodes of their favorite shows, new games and a wide array of activities.
 
On October 23, WQPT will premiere ARTHUR AND THE HAUNTED TREE HOUSE. In this special movie event, Arthur and his friends encounter a variety of tricks and treats during one of the spookiest Halloweens ever. Additionally, WQPT will premiere new Halloween-themed episodes from THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT HALLOWEEN, and CURIOUS GEORGE: A HALLOWEEN BOO FEST.
 
The spooky fun continues on digital platforms with variety of Halloween-themed games on the free PBS KIDS Games App and pbskids.org, including new games from ARTHUR and CYBERCHASE. These will debut in addition to favorites such Curious George Pumpkin Boo, the Cat in the Hat Corn Maze Craze, Daniel Tiger Dress Up and Peg + Cat Parade. A new Spooky Street and set of rewards will launch on PBS KIDS’ popular virtual world, Kart Kingdom. Hands-on activities, including pumpkin-carving templates with favorite PBS KIDS characters, are also available on PBS Parents.
 
“Halloween presents a time for families in the Quad Cities and surrounding area to play and learn together, sparking creativity and imagination,” said Michael Carton, Director of Educational Outreach, WQPT. “With returning favorites and new specials, including ARTHUR AND THE HAUNTED TREE HOUSE, WQPT will offer a wide range of content and educational resources for kids, parents and teachers in our area to enjoy this ‘Odd-tober.’”
 
This fall, WQPT will also offer PreK-12 teachers an easy way to integrate Halloween themes into their instruction with a range of curriculum-aligned videos, lesson plans and games. Teachers can use these resources to enhance homework assignments and kick-start classroom discussions. These free resources cover a range of subjects and are available to teachers nationwide on pbslearningmedia.org. Featured resources include PEG + CAT’s Tiger Trick or TreatAll About the Holidays: HalloweenFrankenstein, M.D. and The Zombie Autopsies. Find these resources and more in the new Halloween collection.
 
More information on WQPT’s Halloween programming, including when to watch, is included below:
 
New Programming
 
ARTHUR AND THE HAUNTED TREE HOUSE
Premieres October 23; re-airs October 25 and October 27 and 28 at 9:00 am on WQPT
This Halloween is sure to be the spookiest ever for Arthur and his friends. While trick-or-treating,
Francine meets an old woman with a very mysterious past, while Binky finds himself at Mr. Ratburn’s amazing haunted house (that’s scarier than math class!). Muffy and Bailey decide to cut through a dark, rainy cemetery. And as for Arthur, Buster and Ladonna? Their tree house sleepover seems to be haunted…but by what?
 
 
Returning Favorites
 
CURIOUS GEORGE: A HALLOWEEN BOO FEST
Airs October 23, 25, 27 at 10:00 am, October 28 & 29 at 8:00 am, October 30 at 2:30 pm, and October 31 at 9:00 am
 
THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT HALLOWEEN!
Airs October 25 at 7:30 and October 31 at 6:00 am and 3:30 pm
 
Halloween-themed episodes from PBS KIDS favorites will also be streaming all month long on PBS KIDS digital platforms.
 
About PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital platforms and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby Award-winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video. PBS KIDS also offers mobile apps to help support young children’s learning. The PBS KIDS Video app is available on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One and Chromecast. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.
 
WQPT is a public media service of Western Illinois University.
 
Contacts
Lora Adams or Michael Carton 309-764-2400 

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