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Halloween Treats Coming on Video

16 Sep, 2004 By: Meryl Schoenbaum

Few holidays are as eagerly anticipated by kids as Halloween.

Most of us can still remember the excitement of having cavity-inducing treats dropped in our goody bags and gleefully shrieking as we sat and listened to scary ghost stories at night with the lights out.

Even though the world has changed a lot, Halloween has remained a constant. Kids still love the scary stories, and now they can watch their favorite characters in spooky adventures on video. Suppliers have bags full of tricks and treats for children, just in time for the big day.

Buena Vista Home Entertainment (BVHE) has repriced three of its most popular children's Halloween-themed titles: Winnie the Pooh: Frankenpooh and Spookable Pooh, Mickey's House of Villains and Rolie Polie Olie: A Spookie Oookie Halloween/The Book of Pooh: Just Say Boo!. Each title, available now, is priced at $19.99 DVD and $14.99 VHS.

“BVHE recognizes Halloween as one of our most important seasonal opportunities. Disney DVDs such as Spookable Pooh are great, safe Halloween treats for even the youngest of children,” said Lori MacPherson, VP of brand marketing at Buena Vista Home Entertainment.

Scholastic Entertainment knows that teachers can be a scary lot, and Sept. 29 it unleashes The Teacher From the Black Lagoon … and More Slightly Scary Stories for ages 3 to 9 (DVD $14.95, VHS $9.95). The story evolves as a young boy falls asleep and dreams that his teacher is a fire-breathing monster.

Of course, not all little kids like to be terrified as they watch a video — Halloween or not. For them, Hit Entertainment offers Children's Favorites: Halloween Treats, available now (DVD $11.99, VHS $7.99). Some of the not-so-scary stories included in the set are: Barney's Halloween Party, Bob the Builder: Spud the Dragon, Rubbadubbers: Scary Finbar and Angelina Ballerina: Henry's Halloween.

Sony Wonder lets kids celebrate the holiday with their favorite characters from “Sesame Street.” A Magical Halloween Adventure, available now (DVD $12.98, VHS $9.98) features Elmo, The Count, Zoe and Telly as they dress up, carve pumpkins and attend a Halloween party with guest star Caroline Rhea. Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind “Sesame Street,” will use the proceeds from the sales of A Magical Halloween Adventure for its educational projects around the world, as it does with all “Sesame Street” videos.

Warner Home Video has just released Cartoon Network's first-ever Halloween DVD, Cartoon Network Halloween: 9 Creepy Cartoon Capers ($14.97). Among the episodes in the fear-inducing compilation are: “Bravo-Dooby-Doo,” in which Johnny Bravo enlists the help of Scooby-Doo to find his aunt; “Billy and Mandy's Jack-Up Halloween,” which includes a headless man; and “I.M. Vampire,” about peaceful vampires who run into trouble in Snottsylvania.

MTI Home Video has the spirited family film I Downloaded a Ghost, available now (DVD $19.95, VHS $34.95). The story follows a 12-year-old girl who accidentally downloads a ghost from a Web site.

What would Halloween be without a witch? BFS Entertainment stirs up the cauldron with The Worst Witch, available now at $14.98 DVD. It's about a young girl who's clearly the worst witch at her school, turning fellow students into pigs or making them disappear altogether. DVD extras include lessons on “making potions and casting spells.”

On the other side of the witch popularity spectrum is everyone's favorite teenage witch, Sabrina, in two new animated Halloween adventures available now in the “Sabrina, The Animated Series” line from UAV Corp and DIC Entertainment: Witch in Training and Bat Attack ($9.99 DVD and VHS).

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