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Don't Miss October 2012

Family-friendly movies and games everyone's talking about.

Donald McDermott

Spooky Animation

Creative genius Tim Burton puts a new twist on the timeless story of a boy and his dog in Frankenweenie (Walt Disney Pictures). The stop-motion, black-and-white film follows a boy named victor and the consequences he faces when bringing his beloved dog, Sparky, back to life. Featuring the voices of Winona Ryder, Martin Short, Martin Landau and Catherine O’Hara, the flick opens in theaters on October 5.

Scared Silly

What better way to prep for Halloween than with R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour? The award-winning series gives families an opportunity to come together and enjoy the thrills and chills that only R.L. Stine can provide. The show airs Saturdays at 5pm and 5:30pm on The Hub.

Time to Play

More than a dozen of your favorite sports come together in one amazing interactive game in Kinect Sport Ultimate (Microsoft). Players choose between an exciting round of football, basketball, soccer, boxing, golf, tennis, beach volleyball and other games.

Get Cookin’

Chefs of all ages are invited to reinvigorate mealtime in the Hungry Jack Use Up the Box: Get Happy Recipe Contest. Utilizing the brand’s products, the contest asks entrants to submit original recipes for breakfast, dinner, appetizers or dessert. Grand prize winners receive a year’s worth of groceries! Enter until October 23 at www.useupthebox.com.

Power Up

Introduce youngsters to the throw-back series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season 1, Volume 1 (Shout! Factory). The three-DVD set gives a younger generation the opportunity to experience the show from its beginning and includes 30 original episodes.

Pretty in Pink

Everyone’s favorite little pink hero returns in Kirby’s Dream Collection Special Edition (Nintendo). The anniversary release comes complete with six games, new challenges, a music CD and a full-color book chronicling the history of the game’s icon. Order at www.nintendo.com.

Challenge on Sesame Street

Almost a full hour of brand-new Sesame Street content and hilarious video game spoofs come together in Elmo’s Alphabet Challenge. Available on DVD from Sesame Workshop and Warner Home Video, the exciting and educational release follows Elmo and his friends on an adventure filled with sing-along songs and age-appropriate fun.

Iron-Clad Action

Iron Man: Armored Adventures Season 2, Volume 1 focuses on Tony Stark when he was a 16-year-old genius and heir to the billion-dollar Stark International. The animated series follows young Stark as he fights to keep control of his father’s company, teams with the Black Panther, and battles villains Obadiah Stane and Justin Hammer. Season 2, Volume 1 of Iron Man: Armored Adventures is available wherever DVDs are sold.

The Big Picture

James Redford takes personal look at a devastating learning disability in The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia. After seeing his own son, Dylan, struggle with the learning disability, Redford sets out to document the hurdles children with dyslexia face. The director also chronicles the myriad strengths that come from having the special need. The film debuts on HBO on October 29. See www.hbo.com for details.

The Doctor’s In

Disney Junior announces Doc McStuffins is available on DVD. Geared toward viewers ages 2-7, the series aims to ease children’s nerves on topics ranging from doctors visits to good hygiene. The title also comes with the title character’s Big Book of Boo-Boos that includes activities and themed bandage stickers.

This column appeared in the October 2012 issue.