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'Caillou's Halloween'
(DVD / TV-Y / 2015 / PBS Kids)

Overview: Join Caillou on these 13 Fun-filled spooktacular stories that await you and your family on this brand new DVD, 'Caillou's Halloween'!

DVD Verdict: Since 1997, 'Caillou' has brought us the entertaining misadventures of a four year old boy - named Caillou. Each day he discovers something new and interesting with his mommy, daddy, and Rosie. Between Caillou segments are other segments featuring Caillou's pet cat Gilbert, Caillou's teddy bear, Teddy, and Caillou's toy dinosaur, Rexy; in puppet form.

Complete with 13 spooky-fun stories the whole family will love, this DVD features 13 adventures including: "Caillou Loves Halloween", "Pumpkin Patch Kid" and "Caillou's Halloween Costume". From picking out a costume to carving a jack-o-lantern, this DVD features Halloween adventures kids will love.

Oh, and in addition to these stories, other tales are included such as "Caillou is Afraid in the Dark", "Shadow Play", "Caillou Rakes the Leaves" and "Caillou Goes Apple Picking!" Yep, not all Halloween stories can be light and breezy, for stories have to be told, lessons learned, of course!

For, as you would expect from a PBS Kids show, 'Caillou' (in general) deals with issues like fear of the dark, patience, being a good friend, being a good sibling, and other important facts of life. Here in 'Caillou's Halloween,' our central character may well get to have a fall-tastic time, using his imagination and creativity to pick pumpkins, design costumes and enjoy Fall,but he also gets to learn the true meaning of friendship and sharing throughout.

BUT, be warned as Caillou can come across as simply the biggest brat you've ever sat your children down in front of! Allow me to explain further. Caillou is constantly whining and disobeying. Granted, his parents do correct him eventually, but that all comes late in the day, of course.

Anyway, and aside from the vocal characterization of Caillou - whose whiney little voice is like nails on a chalkboard (personal opinion, sorry!) - 'Caillou's Halloween' does provide good story lines and creditable outcomes for kids. These are all Widescreen Presentations (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.