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Sesame Street
Halloween
Air date October 29, 2016 (HBO)
October 23, 2017 (PBS)
(season finale)
Season Season 46 (2016)
Written by Christine Ferraro
Directed by Joey Mazzarino[1]
Sponsors H, 13
Releases Trick or Treat on Sesame Street

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Picture Segment Description
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COLD OPEN It's Halloween and Abby prepares her fairy garden for the occasion. She's grown some jack-o-lanterns, a bobbing-for-apples tree and stalks of candy corn on the cob.
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SCENE 1 Elmo greets the viewer and takes them around the street to see all the Halloween festivities as everyone sings about the holiday.
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SCENE 1 cont'd Elmo catches up with Abby, who is dressed as her favorite beverage - hot chocolate. Elmo puts on his costume, a homemade outfit based on his favorite comic book hero, Galactic Stan. They then meet Irwin, a boy wearing an official Galactic Stan uniform (that his mom bought). He doesn't even seem to recognize what Elmo is supposed to be. Elmo starts to feel jealous and tries to find a way he can improve his outfit.
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SCENE 1 cont'd Meanwhile, Cookie Monster trick-or-treats at 123 Sesame Street and receives a Halloween cookie from Nina. He immediately shows up again in a different costume.
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SCENE 1 cont'd Elmo returns with a makeshift "Galactic Stan-O-Scan," which scans the universe for aliens in need. He has also made a little alien to go along with it. He is outdone again by Irwin, who has an battery-operated, authentic replica, which shows them a Martian whose milk has run out. He zooms off to help, leaving Elmo to think of another way to one-up him.
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SCENE 1 cont'd Cookie Monster tries to take a nibble out of Abby's costume, unaware it is fake. Elmo returns with something he's sure Irwin doesn't have - a Galactic Stan Space Translator, which can translate any space language. Irwin is impressed, until postman Grover arrives with a special delivery for him, containing an officially-licensed space translator. Elmo runs off in a fit.
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SCENE 1 cont'd Elmo explains his situation to Alan, who tells him that his feelings can change. He continues to explain that imagination is what's important on Halloween and sings about pretending with Abby. Elmo sees his costume is fine the way it is and is no longer jealous. He uses his Galactic Stan-O-Boosters to "zoom" around, which Irwin believes is real, making him jealous (his mom couldn't find any). Elmo shows him how he can pretend to fly as well and together, they all go out trick-or-treating.
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Muppets Elmo and the gang introduce the letter of the day, H, with a song and dance.
(First: Episode 4526)
New audio is added at the end, with Elmo stating "H" is for "Halloween."
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Film H is for Halloween: Kids decide what they want to be for Halloween. Some kids even make their own costumes and go out trick-or-treating with friends.
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Cartoon "Pumpkin Face"
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Muppets The Walking Gingerbread
Sheriff Lick Graham (Cookie Monster) tries to enjoy a box of cookies in the woods, when he's ambushed by a pair of single-minded gingerbread men, who eat his cookies. Doughryl and Macaroon defeat them and explain the gingerbread men are "crumbies," made from a bad batch of cookies and will steal your cookies if they hear the sound of an open cookie box. To keep them away, they encourage the sheriff to take his mind of cookies by singing a song ("C is for Cookie") or by pretending the box is something else, but neither strategy works. When they reach the "Cookie Safe Zone," the Governor teaches him to control himself by dancing. It works fine and Graham invites the crumbies to dance too, which prevents them from eating the cookies. They flee when the dancing starts to work up Graham's appetite.
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Muppets Count von Count and friends sing and stomp to find the number of the day - 13.
(First: Episode 4517)
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Cartoon Counting 13 bats hanging from a tree
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Muppets "Hello, Halloween!"
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SCENE 2 Elmo and Irwin return from trick-or-treating and make plans to play tomorrow with their costumes.
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Outro (PBS) Cookie Monster tells Rosita about the importance of running for exercise, and they have a race.

Notes

  • This episode was originally cited to air on HBO on September 3, 2016, but was subsequently removed from the schedule and pushed back to the end of October. Press materials and HBO schedule listings stated the show would feature the re-used street story from episode 4503, along with Lupita Nyong'o's appearance and a new "Smart Cookies" segment, but was subsequently changed to a Halloween-themed show shortly prior to broadcast. The episode has aired already in Australia on ABC Kids.
  • When aired on PBS, the episode number was changed to 4715.

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