Halloween is arguably the best holiday for kids of the year, and this week it's being celebrated in high fashion, with specials and spooky-themed versions of regular series. For little trick-or-treaters, Halloween Under the Umbrella Tree commemorates the holiday and teaches a lesson about friendship as well. In the special episode of the Disney Channel's puppet series for young children, Iggy the Iguana gets hurt and has to spend Halloween at the veterinarian's office. But his faithful pals bring him a special treat: They spend the evening with him and the other injured creatures there--and everyone enjoys the party.
"Halloween Under the Umbrella Tree," Thursday 9-9:30 a.m. and 3:30-4 p.m. Disney Channel. "Under the Umbrella Tree," weekdays 9-9:30 a.m. and 3:30-4 p.m.; Saturdays 6:30-7 a.m. and Sundays 7-7:30 a.m. Disney Channel. For 2- to 6-year-olds.
For a more complete list of Halloween programming, see page 7.
MORE KIDS' SHOWS
JoBeth Williams hosts the rebroadcast "The New World of Adoption," part of the series Lifeguides, (today 2-3 p.m. KCET), a comprehensive look at today's parenting options. For parents.
The new TV movie Frankenstein: The College Years (Monday 8-10 p.m. Fox) finds a pair of unsuspecting medical students inheriting the monstrous science project of an eccentric professor. for ages 10 and up.
A new television special The Last Halloween (Monday 8:30-9 p.m. KCBS), mixes live-action and animation (Rhea Perlman and Richard Moll star in the live-action segments). For all ages.
Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (Tuesday 8-10 p.m. KTLA) is a 1988 comedy film starring the queen of Halloween as--surprise!--a horror-film hostess. For ages 8 and up.
Eureeka's Castle Special: It Came From Beneath the Bed or Nightmare on Magellan Street (today 11:30 a.m.--noon and Wednesday 8-8:30 p.m. Nickelodeon)--This musical mystery introduces Fluffy, an expected visitor to Eureeka's castle. For 2- to 6-year-olds.
If you only watch one seasonal show this week, make it It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Wednesday 8:30-9 p.m. CBS), the mother of all animated Halloween specials. For all ages.
In a Halloween special of Darkwing Duck (Thursday 4:30 p.m. KCAL)--Darkwing Duck battles the nightmarish ruler of the dream world, Nodoff, and his unwitting pawn, Morgana Macawber. For 2- to 10-year-olds.
The Nick Hit List (Fridays 6:30-7 p.m. and Saturdays 1:30-2 p.m. Nickelodeon) is a new series in which kid reporters find out what other kids are talking about concerning music, hairstyles, books, slang, etc. For 7- to 13-year-olds.
Streetwise (Friday 11 p.m.-12:30 a.m.KCET) examines the plight of homeless children--estimated to make up a fifth of the homeless population in the United States--by letting them speak about life in their own words. For parents.
It's never too early to start planning for your child's education, says America's Best College Buys (Saturday noon-1 p.m. KCBS), in which the folks at Money magazine divulge the 10 best schools for the buck and how to apply for financial aid and scholarships. For parents.