Category Archives: Goosebumps

October 26, 2011

R.L. Stine Answers Your Questions!

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A few weeks ago we asked you to write in your questions for the Master of Fright, Goosebumps author, R.L. Stine. He answered questions from 10 lucky readers, so read on to see if yours was chosen!

Q from SilverSnake: Which character do you think is most like you? Which character is most unlike you?
R.L. Stine: I like to think I'm like all my crazy characters—Slappy the dummy, who's so rude and awful; Dr. Maniac; The Ooze; The Menace, the evil villain from HorrorLand. But in real life, I'm more like Evan, the poor kid who lets the Monster Blood loose and doesn't have a clue how to defeat it.

Q from Raggweed: Since Goosebumps creeps me out, how can you not be scared, and keep making them? They freak even my older relatives out, so are you afraid of your own creations too?
R.L. Stine: Scary stuff NEVER scares me. Horror always makes me laugh instead. When I go to a scary movie, I don’t get scared—I just laugh. Same for writing Goosebumps books.

Q from Mysterygirl123: If you could be a monster for a day, what monster would you choose? Why? R.L. Stine: I would be a giant jellyfish from Deep Trouble because I like to swim a lot.

Q from ArtAthena13: What would you say to a kid who wants to be an author?
R.L. Stine: Write something every day. Keep a journal or a diary. And make sure you read a LOT!

Q from cnahk: Do you ever want to write something less scary?
R.L. Stine: I love writing funny books, too. That's why I wrote the Rotten School book series. I also try to put a lot of funny stuff in Goosebumps.

Q from Niki: Who's your favorite character? Why?
R.L. Stine: Slappy the evil dummy. I like writing all the insults and rude things he says to people.

Q from AstronomyAble3: Who is your inspiration and icon?
R.L. Stine: Many writers have inspired me. I think the sci-fi author Ray Bradbury was a big influence. Also, Rod Serling, who wrote The Twilight Zone.

Q from Lexi: Are you a prankster with scaring people?
R.L. Stine: No. Maybe I scared my little brother a few times when we were kids. But I'm not really into pranks and jokes. Too busy writing!

Q from CheerfulHeart15: What's your favorite book of Goosebumps that you wrote? Were you good at telling ghost stories when you were young?
R.L. Stine: My favorite Goosebumps book is The Haunted Mask. I was too shy to tell ghost stories when I was a kid. I was a very quiet kid.

Q from OreoPie09: How do you come up with such creepy stuff and do you believe in ghosts?
R.L. Stine: I don’t know where the ideas come from. I've never seen a ghost—but I keep looking!

Q from Megan: Would you ever consider doing like a Nancy Drew type of book series for girls?
Q from Georgia: When you do your next book why not call it Zombieland?!
Q from NinjaCobra1: Why don't you make a Goosebumps book about a boy who likes scary movies, and finds out that all the monsters are coming to life?
Nice ideas. Thanks for the suggestions.
– R.L.

October 19, 2011

Create a Caption: Goosebumps

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Thrills & Chills! With the weather getting chilly and daylight hours getting shorter, it’s almost that time of year again. . . Halloween! From all the talk in the hallways about what costumes to wear, to the snarling jack-o-lanterns guarding the neighbors’ front porches, Halloween preparations are well under way!

For those of you who are looking for more frightful fun than “trick-or-treat,” October is the perfect month to pick up your favorite scary stories, or sink your teeth into some new ones for an added chill factor! Leave it to Goosebumps to get you in the mood for the thrills and chills of the season.

Get your terrifying creative hats on and write a caption for the Goosebumps picture below of Slappy, the trouble-making ventriloquist dummy.

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Dare to get Goosebumps? Post your caption in the Comments below.

—Amabel, Scholastic Media

October 12, 2011

Hall of Horrors: Why I Quit Zombie School

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Zombie Great news for fans of R.L. Stine! Book #4 of his new series, Hall of Horrors, is out.

Why I Quit Zombie School
Matt was never a superstar in school, but he's definitely the most energetic and quick-witted student here. But what's up with the others? His suspicions are finally confirmed when Franny, his new friend, asks, "How long have you been dead?" To his horror, Matt realizes his parents have unknowingly enrolled him in a zombie school. When Matt overhears the zombie plans to march and claim the whole city for the undead, he has to make a frightening choice: protect himself and continue his charade, or reveal his aliveness and try to save the unsuspecting alive people in the town. 

Want to read more? We have Chapter 1 for you to read right here!

Here are the other books in the new series so far:
Book 1: Claws
Mickey and Amanda are put in charge of their vacationing neighbors' cat, Bella. But Bella escapes from the house and disappears. Amanda has an idea to replace the cat with a look-alike from the local pet store, Cat Heaven. They find a cat that looks exactly like Bella, but the clerk won't sell it to them, so they decide to steal it. Big mistake! These cats are more than they seem to be.

Book 2: Night of the Giant Everything
When 11-year-old Steven Sweeney is tricked into drinking a strange mixture of chemicals by his classmates, things begin to get strange. Either his toothbrush is growing, or he is shrinking! Will he be able to make it through the day and return to his original size?

Book 3: The Five Masks of Dr. Screem
It's Halloween and Monica Anderson is out Trick-or-Treating with her younger brother. They knock on the door of an old, creepy house and are met by a strange woman who pleads for their help. Every year she must battle for the control of five sacred masks with the evil Dr. Screem. These artifacts have the power to manipulate the world around them. Monica doesn't want to help at first but then Screem bursts in and steals the masks. This sets her and her brother off on a Halloween mission that will change their lives forever!

What do you think of R.L. Stine's new Hall of Horrors series? Let us know in the Comments!

September 30, 2011

Goosebumps Questions? Ask R.L. Stine

Rlstine Have you read all the Goosebumps books, watched all the TV shows, and wondered infinitely what goes on in the mind of Goosebumps creator, R.L. Stine? Well, here’s your chance to find out!

R.L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps HorrorLand and the new Hall of Horrors book series, is ready to answer your burning questions. Submit your questions in the Comments below and we’ll choose 10 of the most creative and terrifyingly ghoulish questions to pass on to R.L. Stine.

Check back here on October 26 to read the answers and see if your question was chosen.

— Amabel, Scholastic Media

September 29, 2011

Time To GET GOOSEBUMPS!

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Goosebumps_tv What comes to mind when you think of October? Fall foliage? Pumpkins? Halloween? Know what comes to mind for us? GOOSEBUMPS! This October, the STACKS is gearing up for all things Goosebumps and you won’t want to miss it. The master of fright himself, Goosebumps author, R.L. Stine, will be stopping by for a special STACKS Q&A with readers. You can submit a question to R.L. Stine, read a sneak peek of the new Hall of Horrors book and even enter the Stacks Blast Sweepstakes for a chance to win a bevy of Goosebumps prizes! Be sure to check the STACKS every week for new ways to GET GOOSEBUMPS this October!

If you happen to live in the Washington, DC, Tampa, Dallas, Los Angeles, or Chicago area, the GET GOOSEBUMPS Mall Tour will be stopping by with some frightfully fantastic fun! Drop by to make your very own Goosebumps prank video to share with friends, win Goosebumps swag, and more!

Get Goosebumps Mall Tour 2011 Dates:
October 1 – St. Charles Towne Center Mall / Waldorf, MD
October 8– Tyrone Square Mall / St. Petersburg, FL
October 15 – Irving Mall / Irving, TX October 22 – Brea Mall / Brea, CA
October 29 – Orland Square / Orland Park, IL

Don’t forget to check back here next week to submit your questions R.L. Stine!

—Amabel, Scholastic Media

May 18, 2011

R.L. Stine’s NEW Hall of Horrors Series

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Claws_130x130 If you love scary books, then you probably know all about Robert Lawrence Stine (a.k.a. R.L. Stine), the author of the Goosebumps and HorrorLand series. You have probably even watched the videos and chatted with people about them on the Message Board.

But have you read Stine’s NEWEST series, Hall of Horrors? In this video, the master of horror himself tells you all about it.

Here are the books in the new series so far:

  • Book 1: Claws
    Mickey and Amanda are put in charge of their vacationing neighbors’ cat, Bella. But Bella escapes from the house and disappears. Amanda has an idea to replace the cat with a look-alike from the local pet store Cat Heaven. They find a cat that looks exactly like Bella, but the clerk won’t sell it to them, so they decide to steal it. Big mistake! These cats are more than they seem to be.
  • Book 2: Night of the Giant Everything
    When 11-year-old Steven Sweeney is tricked into drinking a strange mixture of chemicals by his classmates, things begin to get strange. Either his toothbrush is growing, or he is shrinking! Will he be able to make it through the day and return to his original size?
  • Read about Books 3-6 here.

Are you a fan of R.L. Stine’s books? Let us know in the Comments!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

October 29, 2010

Goosebumps Shriek Week

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Goosebumps Today at Scholastic is the third annual Shriek Week Goosebumps Event! For the past three years on the Friday before Halloween, Scholastic hosts the event to get everyone frightfully prepared for the Halloween weekend. This year’s event will feature a Garlic Crusher Faceoff on Wii, which will put our vampire vanquishing skills to the test. Hey, you never know when a vampire will come for you so it’s best to be prepared, right? The winner of the competition will win a Wii, the Goosebumps video game and a glow in the dark accessory pack!

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October 28, 2010

Get Goosebumps Mall Tour

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Goosebumps The Get Goosebumps Mall Tour has been traveling around the country all month helping fans of all ages Get Goosebumps! GGB_Wide-Shot

The most popular activity on the Tour has been the customized prank video that fans can make to send to all their friends and family.The activity was housed in a giant inflatable that you could enter and get a snapshot of your scariest, most frightful face. Your custom photo would then be added into the video, which you could retrieve online after the event using a unique code.

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Fans also got to test their “batting” skills in the Batting Cage game from the Goosebumps HorrorLand Wii game. In this Batting Cage, the bats are the kind that fly! Players had a blast trying to avoid being eaten by bats by swinging away at them. Could you imagine if Batting Cage were a real attraction at an amusement park? That would be terrifying!

Goosebumps Horror Photo The Goosebumps video game is inspired by the One Day at HorrorLand book. As you readers may know, the workers that staff HorrorLand are called Horrors, the green-skinned monsters with curled horns. The tour also gave fans the opportunity to become a Horror in HorrorLand with a photo backdrop where they could place their face in place of the Horror’s face. Fans got their pictures taken and received custom keepsake frames. We also saw a lot of fans having fun and taking their own pictures too with their cell phone cameras. Hey, c’mon – it’s not every day that you could be a menacing green Horror!

— Amabel, Scholastic Media Staffer

October 27, 2010

Goosebumps Go Eat Worms! DVD and Recipe

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Goosebumps A Worm-tastic Treat! In celebration of Goosebumps Shriek Week as well as the recently released Go Eat Worms! DVD, try making this terrifyingly squirmy treat to serve up at your next family meal!

Goosebumps Gourmet, Terrfyingly Tasty Worms! GoEatWormsDVD
Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 2 packages of peach or orange gelatin dessert
  • Gummy worms
  • A Big Bowl

Here’s What You Do:

  • Prepare gelatin according to the directions on the box and pour into a bowl. Place in refrigerator.
  • After about 45 minutes, when the gelatin has started to set, turn gummy creatures upside down and push them into the gelatin. Be careful not to push them too far or leave any part sticking out of the gelatin since you want them to look like they’ve been suspended in amber for millions of years. Replace in refrigerator.
  • When the gelatin is completely set dip the bowl in warm water to loosen gelatin. Place a plate over the bowl and carefully flip the bowl over so that the dessert is on the plate.

You should have now a big quivering lump of amber, complete with worms! Dig in and enjoy!

—Amabel, Scholastic Media Staffer

October 26, 2010

New Goosebumps Game: Tombstone Challenge

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Goosebumps You may have noticed a new game on THE STACKS called the Get Goosebumps Tombstone Challenge, and you may be wondering why a "Tombstone Challenge?" Well, you know how in the book Goosebumps HorrorLand: Revenge of the Living Dummy when Mr. Molloy tells the legend of the Mind Stealer doll and it sends chills down Britney's spine? Then when Britney takes a closer look at the doll, she hears it say something leaving her terrified only to find out on the next page that it was Ethan playing a prank to scare her? Just like in the Goosebumps books, we wanted to create a prank game that Goosebumps fans can use to give their friends Goosebumps anytime they want. And who better to pull the prank than the ultimate Goosebumps prankster himself, Slappy the Living Dummy!

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