A Halloween Story

Amos Lassen

“Spookley the Square Pumpkin” is based on the book by Joe Troiano and is finally available for the first time in high definition and on blu ray from Cinedigm. 

It is the story of a square pumpkin living in a round pumpkin patch on Holiday Hill Farm. From this sentence alone we can see what this movie is about and we immediately understand why it is such an important story; especially for those who see themselves as different from others. Although, at first, Spookley is teased and faces ridicule from his fellow patch-mates, he goes on to save the day when the farm is threatened by a terrible storm. It is through this that all of the pumpkins in the patch learn that the things that make you different also make you special.

Spookley has become the “Official Spokes-Pumpkin” of National Bullying Prevention Month through a partnership with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. PACER, a non-profit organization that “provides innovative resources for students, parents, educators, and others, and recognizes bullying as a serious community issue that impacts education, physical and emotional health, and the safety and well-being of students”.  (For more information on Spookley’s activities with PACER, visit: www.PACER.org/Bullying/).

When Spookley is shunned by the other pumpkins, he is befriended by Edgar, Allan and Poe, three hilarious spiders, who convince him that, regardless of his difference, he has a right to be the Pick of the Patch. But Big Tom and Little Tom, the pumpkin bullies in the patch, do not stop teasing and taunting Spookley. Jack Scarecrow and his bat sidekicks, Boris and Bella convince Spookley to try his best, but he isn’t sure he has what it takes until they are all threatened by a storm threatens Holiday Hill Farm. When the storm blows the round pumpkins across the patch towards the raging river, Spookley realizes that because of his square shape, he is the one to save the day.

The message here is very clear and this is a delightful way to teach about bigotry. The film itself is beautiful to watch and fun to boot.

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