The Playdate

First aired on October 26, 2012

This show features Halloween and Skylanders

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Congratulations to last week’s winner, Felicia E. from Fullerton, CA.Kathryn G. from Austin, TX.

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  1. Mr. Potato Head Pumpkin Push-Ins

    Mr. Potato Head Pumpkin Push-Ins

    from Paper Magic Group

    •  2+

    If you've ever wanted to dress up your Halloween pumpkin, now you can with Mr. Potato Head Pumpkin Push-Ins. Just push Mr. Potato Head-like parts into your pumpkin to create a Mr. Potato Head Pumpkin character. There are 14 costumes available, including cowboy, pirate, two witches, ghost, superhero, devil, mini witch, mini monster, mini devil, bright princess, monster, skeleton, and vampire. Each is sold separately. The mini kits are designed for five- to seven-inch pumpkins. The regular kits are designed for larger pumpkins.

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  2. Play-Doh Halloween Bag
    •  2+

    If you're looking for something other than candy to put in children's trick-or-treat bags this Halloween or just looking to spark some Halloween-themed Play-Doh creations, then you'll like the Play-Doh Halloween Bag. The bag contains 15 fun-sized cans (one-ounce) of Play-Doh in a variety of colors: orange, green, yellow, white, black, and purple. Kids can mold pumpkins, witches, ghosts, black cats, bats, and even non-Halloween items with these mini cans of Play-Doh.

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  3. Spooky Telephone

    Spooky Telephone

    from Gemmy Industries

    •  24.99
    •  Birth+

    Your Halloween guests will get a ghoulish surprise when they answer the Spooky Telephone. This realistic, vintage-looking telephone plays five scary messages, such as "I'm coming for you." Dial a number and the phone will ring. Lift up the receiver and you'll hear a scary voice talk to you.

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  4. Zebra, Tiger, and Giraffe Costume Kits
    •  3+

    If you want to dress up as an animal for Halloween this year, Elope has made it very easy with its Zebra, Tiger, and Giraffe Kits. Each costume kit comes with a headband with either tiger ears, zebra ears, or giraffe ears and a tiger tail, zebra tail, or giraffe tail. The headbands are one size that will fit kids and adults. The tails have loops at the top so that you can thread a thin belt or safety pin through the loop and attach it to your pants. Each costume kit is sold separately.

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  5. Pumpkin Masters Pumpkin Carving & Decorating Kits
    •  6+

    Pumpkin Masters offers a variety of different ways (some don't even involve carving!) to decorate your Halloween pumpkins this year.

    The Pumpkin Masters Kids Glow in the Dark Decorating Transfers retails for about $2.99. It comes with two transfer sheets that have different designs on them. Cut out the design you want to use and place it facedown on the pumpkin surface. Use a wet cloth or sponge and apply even pressure for about 60 seconds to the transfer paper backing. Remove the cloth and the paper backing to reveal the design on the pumpkin.

    The Falloween Decorating Transfers kit retails for $2.99. It includes two transfer sheets with Halloween-themed and Thanksgiving-themed designs so that you can display pumpkins all season long. Cut out the design you want to use and place it facedown on the pumpkin surface. Use a wet cloth or sponge and apply even pressure for about 60 seconds to the transfer paper backing. Remove the cloth and the paper backing to reveal the design on the pumpkin.

    The Falloween Pumpkin Decorating Kit retails for $6.99. It lets you design and display pumpkins all season long. The kit includes four 12-inch ribbons, a pouch of push-in beads, a sheet of self-adhesive gems, a pouch of silver glitter, and a black glitter pen.

    The Pumpkin Masters Spooky Stares Carving and Lighting Kit retails for $6.99. Carve a face into your pumpkin using the included pattern, then insert the light-up eyes and turn them on. The eyes will blink or stay steady. The kit includes one pair of light-up eyes, a saw, a poker, a scraper scoop, a pattern sheet, and two AAA batteries.

    The Pumpkin Blacklight kit retails for $5.99. It comes with a battery-operated UV light, a roller, and glow-in-the-dark paint. Paint directly onto the pumpkin surface or dry carved edges. Position the UV light inside the pumpkin. In a darkened room, the painted surfaces will glow in the ultraviolet light. Turn off the UV light and the painted surfaces will glow in the dark. Two AAA batteries are required but not included.

    The Paint & Carve Pumpkin Decorating Kit retails for $6.99. It includes four patterns, two stencil sheets, a saw, a scraper scoop, a pouch of silver push-in tacks, silver and black paint tubes, and two paintbrushes. Carve out the pattern and paint, then illuminate from within the pumpkin with a battery-operated light, which is not included.

    Another kit for kids is the Pumpkin Masters Kids Glow in the Dark Carving Kit. It retails for $5.99 and includes six patterns, two bottles of glow-in-the-dark paint, a roller, a saw, a scraper scoop, and a poker. Kids choose their design, carve it, paint, and illuminate the pumpkin with a pumpkin light, which is sold separately.

    The Surface Carving Kit retails for $5.99 and includes a pattern book, three carving tips, a tool, and a pounce wheel. Choose your pattern, carve it, and display.

    If you already have the tools, you can purchase the Spooktacular Scenes or the Creature Features Pumpkin Carving Pattern Books. Each retails for $2.99 and include a variety of different patterns that you attach to the pumpkin to carve.

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  6. Skylanders Eruptor Portal Action Figure
    •  4+

    The Skylanders Eruptor Portal Action Figure is based on the character from the popular Skylanders video game. You might not know it from looking at this cute, soft character, but Eruptor is actually a hot-headed lava beast. When anything goes wrong in his world or he is threatened by evil, he erupts. Literally. However, kids love his attitude and his "explosive" personality. This plush figure is a whimsical version of the original. When kids press its tummy, they will hear Eruptor say one of four different phrases. Eruptor's lava fists will also glow. Kids can also activate Eruptor with the mini portal. Just press the portal and Eruptor bursts to life. The mini portal is a replica of one of the central elements of the Skylanders video game, and it's also how the characters get into the game from the original toys.

    There are several other Skylanders characters in this line, such as Trigger Happy and Spyro, so kids can choose their favorite. Each is sold separately.

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  7. Skylanders Spyro Portal Action Figure
    •  4+

    Spyro is the purple dragon who is the hero of the hit video game Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure. When he was transported to Skylanders through the portal of power, he became one of the leading fighters for good in the entire game and a favorite of kids everywhere. The Skylanders Spyro Portal Action Figure is a soft, whimsical version of the original. When kids press its chest, they will hear Spyro say one of four different phrases. Spyro's dragon horns will also glow. Kids can also activate Spyro with the mini portal. Just press the portal and Spyro comes alive. The mini portal is a replica of one of the central elements of the Skylanders video game and the way the characters get into the game from the original toys.

    There are several other Skylanders characters in this line, such as Eruptor and Trigger Happy, so kids can choose their favorite. Each is sold separately.

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  8. LOL Elmo

    LOL Elmo

    from Hasbro

    •  18 mos+

    LOL Elmo is the newest Elmo toy from Hasbro's Playskool brand. Virtually everyone remembers the Tickle Me Elmo from 1996. Well, Elmo still loves to laugh. LOL Elmo has three tickle points: feet and tummy. Tickle Elmo at any of these points to watch him giggle and wiggle. Elmo also tells jokes. Squeeze and hold a foot for about three seconds and the toy will enter joke mode. Elmo will keep telling jokes (Why did the cookie have to go to the doctor? Because he felt crummy!) whenever you tickle his feet or tummy. To return to regular giggling mode, just let the toy sit for about five seconds. Elmo will remind kids to engage in joking play, but if you leave him for another five seconds, he'll go back to the basic mode. LOL Elmo also comes with a stuffed version of his fish pal Dorothy. Squeeze Dorothy's bowl to activate Elmo's laughter.

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  9. Tinkertoy Animals Building Set
    •  3+

    K'NEX and Hasbro teamed up to create a modern, revitalized line of the classic toy brand Tinkertoy. The new K'NEX Tinkertoy sets are made with plastic instead of wood, so that the pieces easily snap together and stay together during play. With the 78 pieces in the Tinkertoy Animals Building Set, preschoolers can create a fish, turtle, mouse, or other familiar creature. The colorful guide provides a variety of building ideas. The set includes nostalgic Tinkertoy pieces that parents might remember, plus new and unique parts, such as bendable rods, eyes, ears, and a buildable figure. All the pieces come inside a box with lid for easy clean-up and storage.

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  10. Tinkertoy Transit Building Set
    •  3+

    K'NEX and Hasbro teamed up to create a modern, revitalized line of the classic toy brand Tinkertoy. The new K'NEX Tinkertoy sets are made with plastic instead of wood, so that the pieces easily snap together and stay together during play. With the 150 pieces in the Tinkertoy Transit Building Set, preschoolers can create a train, garage, bridge, and more. The colorful guide provides a variety of building ideas. The set includes nostalgic Tinkertoy pieces that parents might remember, plus new and unique parts, such as bendable rods, wheels, eyes, and two buildable figures. All the pieces come inside a box with lid for easy clean-up and storage.

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  11. Lite Brix Super Jet Fighter
    •  6+

    Lite Brix is a brick-based building system that works with other blocks, such as those made by LEGO and MEGA Bloks. The centerpiece of all Lite Brix models are the special bricks that have circuitry and built-in LED lights. The Lite Brix Super Jet Fighter set comes with 34 special bricks. When your model is complete, you can light it up. The LEDs will flash in four different colors, and they will last hundreds of hours.

    The lights are powered by a battery case, which is integrated into the model. Follow the directions to plug the cords into different areas on the model and light the whole thing up.

    Additional Lite Brix sets are available and sold separately.

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  12. Chuggington Die-Cast Koko’s Icy Escapade Action Playset
    •  3+

    The Chuggington Die-Cast Koko's Icy Escapade Action Playset is inspired by the Chuggington episode "Wilson's Icy Escapade." There are three suggested configurations that can be built and rebuilt with the pieces in this set. Once built, kids can help Koko pick up the ice in the cargo car, zoom across the rickety bridge, crash through the ice gates, and escape from the ice cave. The playset comes with an icy Koko train engine and a hopper car. The toy also includes a Chugger of the Year DVD. This set works with other Chuggington Die-Cast tracks, which are sold separately.

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