15 Greatest 'Goosebumps' Stories to Revisit the 90s

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Goosebumps is an iconic book series by author R.L. Stine for children of the late 1980s and early 90s. The books are children's horror fiction novellas that follow child characters, who find themselves in scary situations.

Personally, I got every single Goosebumps book as soon as it hit the shelves. I would read them myself or sometimes my Dad would read them to me– it was an essential and unforgettable part of my childhood.

Here are of the best and most memorable covers and stories from the series!

15. 'One Day at HorrorLand'

"Lizzy's family got lost trying to find Zoo Gardens Theme Park. But that's okay. They found another amusement park instead. In HorrorLand there are no crowds. There's something weird about the rides in HorrorLand. Something a little too creepy. A little too real. . . ."

14. 'Stay Out of the Basement'

"Dr. Brewer is doing a little plant testing in his basement. Nothing to worry about. Harmless, really. But Margaret and Casey Brewer are worried about their father. Then they notice that their father is developing plant-like tendencies. In fact, he is becoming distinctly weedy—and seedy."

13. 'The Curse of Camp Cold Lake'

"Sarah is sick and tired of how people at her camp treat her. Sarah then decides to pretend she drowns and everyone feels bad about it. Until she finds out that someone is stalking her and the plan is messed up. Because there is someone under the cold and dark lake."

12. 'Ghost Beach'

"Jerry can't wait to explore the dark, spooky old cave he found down by the beach. Then the other kids tell him a story. A story about a ghost who lives deep inside a cave. A ghost who is three hundred years old. A ghost who comes out when the moon is full. A ghost who is haunting the beach. Jerry knows it's just another silly made-up ghost story... Isn't it?!"

11. 'The Haunted Mask'

"How ugly is Carly Beth's Halloween mask? It's so ugly that it almost scared her little brother to death. So terrifying that even her friends are freaked out by it. It's the best Halloween mask ever! But Halloween is almost over. And Carly Beth is still wearing that special mask..."

10. 'The Haunted Mask II'

"The story takes place a year after the events of The Haunted Mask. The main protagonist of the story is the obnoxious prankster Steve, friend of Chuck and one of the 2 boys who harassed Carly Beth Caldwell relentlessly in the initial installment."

9. 'The Barking Ghost'

"Cooper Holmes is an easy-to-scare twelve-year-old boy. He and his family have just moved into a new house. Cooper's family has moved to the middle of a forest in rural Maine because of Cooper's mother's job. Cooper is something of a scaredy-cat, and now he has 2 dog ghosts to deal with."

8. 'Monster Blood'

"While staying with his weird great-aunt Kathryn, Evan visits a funky old toy store and buys a dusty can of monster blood. It’s fun to play with at first. But then Evan notices something weird about the green slimy stuff—it seems to be growing. And growing. And growing."

7. 'Ghost Camp'

"Brothers Harry Altman and Alex Altman are the sole occupants of the bus to Camp Spirit Moon. Their bus driver stops in the middle of nowhere and tells the children to follow the trail into the forest by themselves. He tells them it is not too far to the camp, before driving away Once they arrive at camp, they find the place deserted..."

6. 'The Cuckoo Clock of Doom'

"The main character is Michael Webster, a 12 year old boy, telling the story from his perspective. It was Michael's 12th birthday, and a few days later, his father purchases an antique cuckoo clock from a local store. He had been admiring the clock for 15 years. It has been said that if a person can figure out the clock's secret, it can be used to go back in time... Then, Michael wakes up and realizes that it is his birthday all over again."

5. 'Say Cheese and Die!'

"Greg thinks there is something wrong with the old camera he found. The photographs keep turning out . . . . different. It’s like the camera can tell the future, or worse . . . maybe it makes the future!"

4. 'Say Cheese and Die Again!'

"The haunted camera is back! Greg's friends are mocking him and pretending to take photographs with their hands and quipping "Say Cheese and Die!" Greg becomes all the more determined to find the camera and prove his story true. Again!"

3. 'Vampire Breath'

"Tough. That's Freddy Martinez and his friend Cara. They're not afraid of anything. But that was before they found the bottle of Vampire Breath. Poor Freddy and Cara. They should have never opened that bottle of Vampire Breath. Because now there's a vampire in Freddy's basement. And he's very, very thirsty..."

2. 'You Can't Scare Me'

"Courtney is a total show-off. She's always making Eddie and his friends look like wimps. Eddie is going to scare Courtney once and for all. He's going to lure her down to Muddy Creek. Courtney believes that silly rumor about Mud Monsters that live in the creek. Too bad Eddie doesn't believe the rumor. Because it just might be true."

1. 'Night of the Living Dummy'

"When twins Lindy and Kris find a ventriloquist's dummy in a dumpster, Lindy decides to "rescue" it, and she names it Slappy. Then weird things begin to happen. Nasty things. Evil things. It can’t be the dummy causing all the trouble. Can it?"

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