Costume Quest Christmas Special

Ages: 6 - 10Producer: Amazon Studios Rating: TV Y - All Children

A popular video game about kids dressing up on Halloween inspired this animated TV series aimed at viewers ages 6 – 11.  In Costume Quest, four friends don costumes – and take on the properties of those people or things – to battle dark forces and supernatural threats.

In this special extended edition of Costume Quest, titled Heroes on Holiday, the town of Auburn Hollow trades Halloween spookiness for Christmas spirit.  It’s a relief for the kids to celebrate a holiday without having to worry about donning costumes and saving the universe.

Except. . .

A monster-hunter shows up in town, ensnaring the kids in her unhinged pursuit of paranormal activity.  Unfortunately, it also affects the town’s Festival of Cheer and its celebration of nougat.  (Nougat factors heavily in the Costume Quest series.  Don’t ask; just go with it.)  Auburn Hollow has friendly paranormal creatures, too, and this monster hunter is endangering them.  The kids have to do something to help their friends but choosing costumes calls for unusual care: They can’t risk turning into the types of creatures being pursued by the monster hunter. Things get even trickier when this monster hunter snags a test-tube filled with Portal Goo, a substance that usually only works when powered by kids’ imaginations. (Again . . . just go with it.)

Is this whole thing silly?  Sure.  Is it fun?  Well . . . yeah.  As escapist entertainment goes, Costume Quest- Heroes on Holiday is a weirdly festive treat – complete with a tasty nougat filling.


Gina Catanzarite ©2020 Parents’ Choice

Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 14 Emmy® awards, 37 Emmy® nominations, a Matrix award, 3 Golden Quill awards, 2 Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.