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Don't Miss October 2014

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

Donald McDermott

Halloween Ponies

Ring in Halloween with the new My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Spooktacular Pony Tales! Presented by Shout! Factory Kids and Hasbro Studios, the DVD release features six episodes and a sing-along, as well as additional spooky-themed fun. Copies are available in stores and online now.

All Shapes and Sizes

Nickelodeon expands its line of acclaimed Let's Learn DVDs with Let's Learn: Patterns and Shapes. Kids can play along with five new episodes from Team Umizoomi, Dora the Explorer, and Blue's Clues as they explore circles, squares, triangles, and more. Created by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment, the new DVD is available now.

Monster Challenges

Join Cookie Monster and head back to school with a new app from PBS Kids and Sesame Street. Cookie Monster's Challenge offers a mix of whimsy and education designed to help kids ages 3-5 adapt to the new school year. Featuring ten mini games, nine levels, and more, the app is available for the iPad.

Under the Spell

Just in time for Halloween, Sabrina Secrets of a Teenage Witch: A Witch and a Werewolf The Movie comes to DVD and Digital HD. The animated release from Lionsgate Home Entertainment follows the charming Sabrina Spellman as she leads a double life as both a klutzy high schooler and superhero sorceress. Pick up your copy today.

Just for Kicks

Soccer comes to life in stunning detail in FIFA 15. The amazing game from EA Sports comes complete with more than 600 new emotional reactions. FIFA 15 is available in stores and online now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, and Nintendo 3DS.

What a Day

A popular children's book comes to the big screen in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. The entertaining flick follows 11-year-old Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life. Check it out in theaters beginning October 10.

Living Life

The journey of Manolo, a young man torn between his family and following his heart, is the focus of The Book of Life. The animated feature encourages audiences to celebrate the past while looking to the future. Look for it in a theater near you beginning October 17.

A Movie Mystery

The Hallmark Movies & Mysteries series presents Garage Sale Mysteries. Lori Laughlin stars as Jennifer Shannon, a veteran garage sale shopper with a knack for finding hidden treasures. The original film premieres on The Hallmark Channel October 26. Check you local listings for times.

Happy Halloween

An annual tradition continues this month when ABC Family presents a 13-night programming tribute to Halloween. Aside from holiday-themed episodes of the most popular shows, viewers can also enjoy movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Addams Family, Casper, ParaNorman, and many more. The special event runs October 19-31. Check your local listings.

To Infinity

Play as some of your favorite heroes with the Infinity 2.0 Marvel Value Pack. The specially priced set comes with a starter pack, Spider-Man play set, Captain America, and a disc pack. The pack is available now for the XBox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, WiiU, and XBox One game systems.

This column appeared in the October 2014 issue.