Things get Odd with our Oddtober Halloween Programs

There’s a ton of spooky fun coming to PBS KIDS this October! In addition to the October 23rd premiere of Arthur and the Haunted Tree House on television and streaming devices, there are new Halloween episodes from Odd Squad, Splash and Bubbles, Sesame Street, and Cyberchase. There will also be the return of the hit specials: The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Halloween! and Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest.
KLRU airs Arthur and the Haunted Tree House movie at 6:30 am and 2pm on the 23rd on KLRU; 7 am and 8pm Oct. 23rd on KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 and KLRU Q.
Word World: A Kooky Spooky Halloween | Sheep’s Halloween Costume — Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 12:30 pm
Ready Jet Go! Jet’s First Halloween — Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 1 pm
Splash and Bubbles: Yuck or Treat — Monday, Oct. 16 at 9:30 am
Odd Squad: Haunt Squad — Monday, Oct. 16 at 3:30 pm
SuperWhy! The Ghost Who Was Afraid of Halloween — Friday, Oct. 20 at 11:30 am
Cyberchase: The Halloween Howl — Friday, Oct. 20 at 8:30 pm
Peg + Cat: The Parade Problem | The Halloween Problem — Friday, Oct. 20 at 12 pm
Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest — Monday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 am
Cyberchase: Watts of Halloween Trouble — Monday, Oct. 23 at 6am
Sesame Street Halloween — Monday, Oct 23 at 10:30 am
Clifford’s Puppy Days: The Halloween Bandit | An Honest Spin — Sunday, Oct. 29 at 9:30 am
Fun Activities!
  • Carve out some time with your little one and create a PBS KIDS jack o’ lantern. We’ve made it easy for you with these pumpkin carving templates.
  • Do you have your Halloween costumes yet? PBS KIDS for Parents has all kinds of DIY costume suggestions including some from your favorite PBS KIDS shows!
  • Arthur and the Haunted Tree House features a sleepover. If your kids are excited about the idea of having a sleepover, but aren’t quite ready, Arthur has a daytime activity you can use to practice before you try the real thing.
  • Grab a flashlight and your favorite monster stories! PBS KIDS for Parents has some monstrously good book suggestions you can use for your very own Halloween sleepover.

This fall, PBS will also offer PreK-12 teachers an easy way to integrate Halloween themes into their instruction with a range of curriculum-aligned videos, lesson plans and games. Teachers can use these resources to enhance homework assignments or kick-start classroom discussions. These free resources are available to teachers nationwide on pbslearningmedia.org. Examples include Peg + Cat’s Tiger Trick or Treat, PBS LearningMedia’s All About the Holidays: Halloween, PBS Digital Studios’ Frankenstein, M.D. and more.

Highlights Oct. 8-14

KLRU Highlights

Get a fresh look at the abdication crisis of 1936 through dramatized monologues by the Queen Mother and Wallis Simpson on Royal Wives at War 7 pm Sunday.

Ross goes to revolutionary France to search for information about Dwight, and Drake falls in love with the governess Morwenna on Poldark Sunday at 8 pm.

In Paris, Paul Sabine’s success in couture relies on his brother’s brilliant dress designs, and American photographer Billy pursues mysterious Nina in Collection on Masterpiece 9 pm Sunday.

Father Brown searches for a murderer when a body is discovered in a vineyard in Father Brown The Truth in the Wine 10:30 pm Sunday.

Head to Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum with host Mark L. Walberg to explore model cars made by Hudson Car Company in Antiques Roadshow Detroit, Hour Two 7 pm Monday.

Mark L. Walberg travels to Saarinen House to discuss world-renowned designer Eliel Saarinen in Antiques Roadshow Detroit, Hour 3 Monday at 8 pm.

See how longtime whale hunting practices on the Faroe Islands are threatened on POV The Islands and the Whales Monday at 9 pm.

Tom and Myrna are looking for love in all the wrong places in two stories of ill-advised affection in Film School Shorts Stranger Desires 10 pm Monday.

Follow the story of Austin’s premiere rap group, Magna Carda, as they make a name for themselves in a city with a long history of rock and roll in Arts in Context Magna Carda Monday at 10:30.

Fred Armisen, Christopher Walken, and Carly Simon each learn about a mysterious grandparent on Finding Your Roots Unfamiliar Kin Tuesday at 7 pm.

South Vietnam is in chaos, and President Johnson authorizes sustained bombing of the North in Vietnam War The River Styx Tuesday at 8 pm.

Writer Aaron Covington discusses how he and Ryan Coogler developed their idea to put a personal spin on the Rocky Balboa story in On Story Creed: A New Legend Tuesday at 10 pm.

Billy Wilder’s classic films are dissected to find what makes his filmmaking style so unique and relevant to audiences today in On Story Deconstructing Billy Wilder Tuesday at 10:30 pm.

New scientific research offers a fascinating look into the lives of intelligent and resilient red foxes on Nature Fox Tales Wednesday at 7 pm.

Discover how the last decade of groundbreaking archaeological digs has revealed major new clues to the mysteries surrounding Stonehenge on NOVA Ghosts of Stonehenge Wednesday at 8 pm.

Investigate how Scott Pruitt’s takeover of the EPA was propelled by conservative political forces and climate change skepticism in Frontline War on the EPA 9 pm Wednesday.

Relish an hour with best-selling pop sensation Ed Sheeran on Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm.

Senator Al Franken talks about his life as a comedy writer, author, and radio talk show host on Overheard with Evan Smith Al Franken, U.S. Senator/Comedian/Author Thursday at 7 pm.

Playwright Christine Hoang pulls from personal experience to write A Girl Named Sue, a play about unexpected love in Arts in Context A Girl Named Sue Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Chet heads to Marble Falls to explore its art, adventure, and cuisine in The Daytripper Marble Falls, TX Thursday at 8 pm.

Take a trip to Belton with Chet as he visits their heritage museum and sees the oldest department store in Texas in The Daytripper Belton, TX Thursday at 8:30 pm.

A man’s apparent suicide shocks a small village, but becomes more sinister when it is discovered he was not alone when he died in Midsomer Murders Dance with the Dead Thursday at 9 pm.

Catch up on major news events with a roundtable discussion facilitated by journalists on Washington Week Friday at 7 pm.

Emmy Award-winner Carlos Watson moderates an electrifying debate with contributions from digital and studio audiences on Third Rail with Ozy Friday at 7:30 pm.

Salute Shirley Caesar, Ahmad Jamal, Charley Pride, Nina Simone, and more on Great Performances Grammy Salute to Music Legends 2017 Friday at 8 pm.

Relish an hour with best-selling pop sensation Ed Sheeran on Austin City Limits Friday at 10 pm.

Enjoy a set from legendary rock and roll band The Pretenders as they perform songs from their latest album, Alone, alongside beloved classics on Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm.

Father Brown searches for a murderer when a body is discovered in a vineyard in Father Brown The Truth in the Wine 8 pm Saturday.

Ross goes to revolutionary France to search for information about Dwight, and Drake falls in love with the governess Morwenna on Poldark 8:50 pm Saturday.

Sarah goes to Sydney under the pretense of visiting her sick aunt, and a friend of Carolyn’s arrives to paint Olivia’s portrait on A Place to Call Home Somewhere Beyond the Sea Saturday at 9:50 pm.

A man’s apparent suicide shocks a small village, but becomes more sinister when it is discovered he was not alone when he died in Midsomer Murders Dance with the Dead Saturday at 10:39 pm.

 

Members-only streaming access to Poldark, Vietnam, Sherlock & more!

There’s brand-new content available now on KLRU Passport!

Not sure what KLRU Passport is? It’s KLRU’s newest member benefit that provides extended access to an on-demand library of quality public television programming on your computer, phone, tablet or OTT device.

And with your sustaining gift of $5 or more a month or a $60 one-time contributionyou can enjoy these great new programs right away:

poldark.pngPoldark just kicked off Season 3—and all eight new episodes are available now on KLRU Passport, so you don’t have to wait another week. Binge-watch all three seasons, and gallop alongside Poldark for every thrilling, brooding moment!

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Plus, over 1,000 episodes of other PBS favorites, like Antiques RoadshowFinding Your Roots, Season 4 of Sherlock and The Great British Baking Show, are available exclusively to members for streaming online and through your Apple TV or Roku device.

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Vietnam War documentary screening 10/4 at VFW Post #10427 in Leander

VFW Post #10427 and KLRU-TV, Austin PBS invite you to a screening of clips from the PBS documentary series THE VIETNAM WAR on Wednesday, October 4 at 7 pm.

VFW Post #10427 is in Leander at  8760 Ranch Road 2243, Leander TX 78641.

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR,tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, andcontroversial events in American history as it has never before been told onfilm. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of thewar through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from allsides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well ascombatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam.

Go to Strange Town for Halloween on KLRUQ

While documenting their paranormal adventures, Mark and Billy take you on a voyage through the history and unsettled stories that are left behind at haunted locations. With their cameras and investigative tools in hand, they’ve set out to explore the paranormal world and take you on a journey, to Strange Town. Watch episodes all month on KLRUQ!

Clay Pit
Oct 3 at 9:30 pm; Oct. 4 at 1:30 am
For years, paranormal stories have surfaced of a child and woman dwelling within the historic Bertram Building — now a popular Indian restaurant. Mark and Billy become the first investigative team to see if these claims are true.

Slice Of The Past / The Living Inn
Oct 3 at 9:30 pm; Oct. 4 at 1:30 am
This two-part episode begins at the Austin Pizza Garden. A building with over 130 years of history where multiple entities have made themselves known to the employees and guests. STRANGE TOWN then investigates Austin’s Inn at Pearl Street. A once abandoned home turned modern day Bed & Breakfast, guests report mists, shadows, apparitions, and other unexplained activity.

Tremont House
Oct 10 at 9 pm; Oct 11 at 1 am
Now a luxury hotel in downtown Galveston, TX, the Tremont House once acted as a makeshift morgue during The Great Storm of 1900. Guests and staff have reported paranormal encounters for decades. Are the lingering spirits a result of this tragedy or are there other explanations to be uncovered?

The Lovelorn Lady
Oct 10 at 9:30; Oct 11 at 1:30 am
STRANGE TOWN takes a trip to Galveston Island to investigate the majestic Hotel Galvez. Are the stories of a lost soul searching for her lover true? Are orphans that were killed in a hurricane still wandering the halls?

Ghosts of Hotel Past
Oct 17 at 9:01 pm; Oct 18 at 1:01 am
STRANGE TOWN investigates the most haunted building in Seguin, TX, the Magnolia Hotel. This 170-year-old establishment first opened its doors to weary travelers in 1844 and since then has experienced many tragedies and deaths within its walls. It is said to now be inhabited by 13 unsettled spirits. Which ones will Mark and Billy encounter?

Hay Legal Group
Oct 24 at 9 pm; Oct 25 at 1 am
A Victorian home in the Bremond Block of downtown Austin, TX has been plagued by the paranormal. A local law firm located in what was Pierre Bremond’s former home contact Mark and Billy to investigate and find answers as to who haunts their building. They capture some of their best evidence to date.

The Ward Home
Oct 24 at 9:30 pm; Oct 25 at 1:30 am
Mark and Billy travel to Gatesville, the “Spur Capital of Texas,” to investigate a home built in the late 1800’s. Who keeps terrorizing the current residents? Are the original owners to blame?

Old Yoakum Hospital
Oct 31 at 11:29 pm; Nov 1 at 3:29 am
Once a thriving hospital to the city of Yoakum, it now sits abandoned for the last two decades. Stories have surfaced of a mysterious blue nun and dark shadows appearing down hallways along with children spirits running within the walls of this building. Wait until you see what energies Mark and Billy of Strange Town encounter!

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Oct. 1-7 Highlights

KLRU Highlights

George has everything going for him, Sam and Drake take up preaching, and Dwight vanishes after his elopement with Caroline on the Season 3 premiere of Poldark Sunday at 8 pm.

Travel to the Boise Art Museum and marvel at a letter from Thomas Jefferson and a pricey ruby necklace on Antiques Roadshow Boise, Hour Three Monday at 7 pm.

Follow the rise of three swimmers on the autism spectrum as they reach for a life of independence and inclusion on POV Swim Team Monday at 9 pm.

Three wayward pets wreak havoc on the lives of their owners, neighbors, and distant acquaintances in Film School Shorts Pet Problems 10:30 pm Monday.

Join Larry David and Bernie Sanders as they trace their roots back to Eastern Europe Jewish communities on Finding Your Roots The Impression 7 pm Tuesday.

Ho Chi Minh leads revolutionaries to end French colonial rule, and Vietnam stands divided as the Cold War intensifies in Vietnam War Deja Vu Tuesday at 8 pm.

President Kennedy wrestles with how deeply to get involved in South Vietnam, and a political crisis unfolds in the face of communist insurgency on Vietnam War Riding the Tiger 9:30 pm Tuesday.

See how caretakers and researchers help Naledi, an orphan elephant born in Botswana, find her place in the herd on Nature Naledi: One Little Elephant 7 pm Wednesday.

Master armorers re-engineer some of the greatest armor ever made and put it to the test 8 pm Wednesday on NOVA Secrets of the Shining Knight.

Frontline North Korea’s Deadly Dictator examines claims that Kim Jong-un ordered the assassination of his half brother and sheds light on his capabilities Wednesday at 9 pm.

Lyle Lovett, actor and four-time Grammy award winner, talks about his life and music on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Meet the Austin hip-hop group that defies genre and made their mark on the music scene with their signature live instrumentation on Arts in Context Magna Carda Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Rick travels across Europe to celebrate their top 10 festivities, including Carnival, Oktoberfest and the Scottish Highland Games on Rick Steves’ Specials European Festivals Thursday at 8 pm.

Take an intoxicating musical journey to Cuba where past, present and future collide in joyful celebration on Great Performances Havana Time Machine Friday at 8 pm.

Celebrate the recipients of the Hispanic Heritage Awards and watch performances by acclaimed Hispanic artists Friday at 9 pm.

Spend an hour with Ed Sheeran as he performs hit songs from his album ÷ on Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm.

American Graduate: Angela De Hoyos Hart

Produced by the Pflugerville High School PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab students, Angela De Hoyos Hart talks about the lasting impact her work as a mentor has had on both her students and her own life.

This video is part of KLRU’s American Graduate project. Be sure to tune in on October 14th starting at 1 pm for our American Graduate Day programming. American Graduate Day 2017 is a four-hour, live broadcast and outreach event dedicated to engaging our country around the dropout crisis with special celebrity guests, relevant spokespeople and compelling stories from the students themselves.

At 5 pm on Oct. 14th will present I Am Here, which is also part of our American Graduate project. Produced by the Creative Action Youth Cinema Collective and Youth Rise Texas, “I Am Here” tells the story of Yesenia Martinez, an immigrant teen raised in the US whose family is undocumented. With a rising wave of anti-immigrant sentiment in the city, Yesenia has to grapple with the reality of living as an undocumented immigrant, and what that means for her future. Produced by young people in two of Austin’s most exciting youth programs, the film is an honest and emotional look into the real lived experiences of immigrant youth torn between the future they want for themselves and the future society will allow them to have.

American Graduate: Karen Yokum

Produced by the Lanier Early College High School PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab students, Karen Yokum talks about  her experience as a mentor.

This video is part of KLRU’s American Graduate project. Be sure to tune in on October 14th starting at 1 pm for our American Graduate Day programming. American Graduate Day 2017 is a four-hour, live broadcast and outreach event dedicated to engaging our country around the dropout crisis with special celebrity guests, relevant spokespeople and compelling stories from the students themselves.

At 5 pm on Oct. 14th will present I Am Here, which is also part of our American Graduate project. Produced by the Creative Action Youth Cinema Collective and Youth Rise Texas, “I Am Here” tells the story of Yesenia Martinez, an immigrant teen raised in the US whose family is undocumented. With a rising wave of anti-immigrant sentiment in the city, Yesenia has to grapple with the reality of living as an undocumented immigrant, and what that means for her future. Produced by young people in two of Austin’s most exciting youth programs, the film is an honest and emotional look into the real lived experiences of immigrant youth torn between the future they want for themselves and the future society will allow them to have.

American Graduate: Andy Roddick

Produced by Lanier High School PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab Students, Andy Roddick talks about how mentors helped him on the path to success.

This video is part of KLRU’s American Graduate project. Be sure to tune in on October 14th starting at 1 pm for our American Graduate Day programming. American Graduate Day 2017 is a four-hour, live broadcast and outreach event dedicated to engaging our country around the dropout crisis with special celebrity guests, relevant spokespeople and compelling stories from the students themselves.

At 5 pm on Oct. 14th will present I Am Here, which is also part of our American Graduate project. Produced by the Creative Action Youth Cinema Collective and Youth Rise Texas, “I Am Here” tells the story of Yesenia Martinez, an immigrant teen raised in the US whose family is undocumented. With a rising wave of anti-immigrant sentiment in the city, Yesenia has to grapple with the reality of living as an undocumented immigrant, and what that means for her future. Produced by young people in two of Austin’s most exciting youth programs, the film is an honest and emotional look into the real lived experiences of immigrant youth torn between the future they want for themselves and the future society will allow them to have.