Review: Spookley the Square Pumpkin, presented by First Stage

First Stage's "Spookley the Square Pumpkin" is a lively and interactive show, perfect for young kids to celebrate autumn and get excited for Halloween. But more importantly, it helps children learn about the importance of accepting those who are different, and embracing one's own unique qualities.

"Spookley" is part of the "First Steps" program geared towards ages 3-7, which means parents can bring even their youngest kids to the show without worrying about them acting like, well, kids. It is designed to introduce children to a live theater experience in an age-appropriate way.

Kids have the choice to sit on carpet squares in the front rows, on spacious risers, or in chairs towards the back. At the performance we attended this past Sunday, some kids even switched seats mid-show (including my daughter, who realized halfway through that the carpet squares are where it's at).