Spookley The Square Pumpkin DVD {Review}

Spookley The Square Pumpkin DVD

By Contributor Stephanie Young

My kiddo and I enjoy watching a good movie together. He’s 7 and I have discovered I need to be pretty careful with what we watch. I learned this the hard way last Halloween when I thought the movie Coraline was a kid’s movie.

Turns out it has some very disturbing imagery and caused my son nightmares. Big mommy fail there!

So I was excited when I was given the opportunity to review Spookley: The Square Pumpkin. I could tell it was a nice, low-key movie, perfect for Halloween since we would not be watching any creepy movies.

When I told my son, Brady, the name of the movie, he giggled. He wanted to watch it right away. 

The DVD case states: 

“In a world where the only good pumpkins are round pumpkins, Spookley is teased because of his square shape. Shunned by the other pumpkins, Spookley is befriended by Edgar, Allen and Poe, three hilarious spiders, who convince him that, square or not, he has a right to be the Pick of the Patch. But Big Tom and Little Tom, the pumpkin bullies in the patch, continue to tease and taunt Spookley. Encouraged by kindly Jack Scarecrow and his bat sidekicks, Boris and Bella, Spookley tries his best, but he isn’t sure he has what it takes until a mighty storm threatens Holiday Hill Farm. When the storm blows the round pumpkins across the patch toward the raging river, Spookley realizes it is up to him and his square shape to save the day.”

I absolutely love that this movie promotes the idea that being different is okay. Brady seemed to get this as he said, “I like Spookley more than all the others. I say square is a very good shape,” then added, “It would be awesome to have a square pumpkin for Halloween.”

And he often cheered, “Go Spookley!” during the movie. He also told me he thought about Spookley during a class field trip to a pumpkin patch. Its message seemed to resonate with him.

Not only does the movie celebrate differences, it also shows how Spookley’s difference becomes a strength during a challenging time. It is fairly short at 45 minutes but there are 5 video picture books as well.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and according to the website, Spookley is the Official Spokes Pumpkin.

We have decided this movie will be a new Halloween tradition.


Disclosure: I received a sample of a product to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided and all views and opinions stated on this post are 100% my own.

Stephanie Young lives in a small Kansas town where she raises her 7-year-old boy, works with her husband in the family business and writes the blog, From the Burbs to the Boonies.

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19 responses to “Spookley The Square Pumpkin DVD {Review}”

  1. Aww looks like a cute movie!

  2. sounds great thx for the review

  3. looks so cute, would love to see that with my daughter.

  4. I love how you say that this “celebrates differences”! Kids can be tough on each other so knowing how to deal with your own or others differences is important. Thanks for sharing this DVD.

  5. A fun movie with a great message. I so prefer to show stories that kids can learn from.

  6. That looks like such a cute movie! I wish we had more Halloween themed movies in our dvd collection!

  7. Hi Steph. It sounds like a great family movie. I am going to forward this to my daughter. Great review!

  8. Sounds so cute! Would love to watch it with my 5 year old daughter.

  9. I am in my late 30’s and no small kids and I want to watch it. It definitely seems like a great moral for many, not just small kids. Sometimes the simplest stories portray best messages. Thanks for sharing this review.

  10. looks lke a great movie for halloween- especially for my little babies….

  11. Aww, it looks like a great cute movie for my younger ones.

  12. This movie looks like so much fun, but I like that it also delivers message about acceptance of things that are different! 🙂

  13. We need this movie! I did the movie fail too last year when I bought coraline! OOPSY!

  14. Looks like a good one to grab so we can watch with the grandkids

  15. This sounds like a great family movie,I have not seen it

  16. Have not seen this around will check Amazon

  17. My friends sent me this DVD for the kids

  18. We watched this at halloween and it was such a cute movie

  19. Come March and we are still watching it….kids

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