A popular video game about kids dressing up on Halloween inspired this animated TV series aimed at viewers ages 6 – 11 years old. In Costume Quest, four friends are besieged by dark forces and supernatural threats referred to as the Repugnians.
The video game capitalized on that childhood thrill of role-playing on Halloween, becoming someone or something else for just a little while with the help of the right costume. In this TV series, the kids literally become the costumes they put on and use the properties of that thing to solve problems. For instance, in The Fun Room, the kids’ costume store is closed for the day. They sneak inside but end up trapped in an escape-room challenge. Costumes include a human hose to provide water power, a banana peel slip-sliding towards a solution, and a thunder cloud wielding electrical power. In Baking is Best with Friends, the friends ask the costume store owner to help at their parents’ Halloween Haunted House Party. This plot includes burnt pies, flaming pumpkin costumes, and a goblin who can’t resist nougat candy.
Younger kids may find the monsters a bit menacing and parents might find the characters a bit braying, but for the most part this series does its thing with goofy good humor. It promotes imagination and makes the most of that exhilarating atmosphere kids feel around Halloween. For viewers who appreciate that cosplay feeling all year long, Costume Quest offers amusing escapist entertainment.
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.