Category Archives: Goosebumps

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 25, 2010

How to Draw Goosebumps

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Goosebumps It’s the last week of October leading up to Halloween and we’re celebrating all things Goosebumps here on the STACKS.

Goosebumps books are such page-turners and one of the things that makes Goosebumps_How to Draw Goosebumps them so much fun are the monsters, ghouls and villains that R.L. Stine creates to terrorize his characters—and his readers. Now we can learn how to draw the Goosebumps ghouls with a new book that provides step-by-step instructions for our favorite Goosebumps villains. All the fan favorites such as Slappy, the Haunted Mask, Werewolf of Fever Swamp and the Horror are included, plus many others.

Did you know that the basic foundation of all drawings are basic shapes like circles and squares? Very true! And the book teaches you that you need to think of these shapes in 3D to make drawings look realistic. You start out with these basic shapes and work on adding details and refining to create the character drawings. OK, sounds simple enough. I like to think I’m pretty talented. I mean I’m no Picasso but hey, who is, right? Check out my rendition of Slappy. . .  Slappy Sketch_Amabel
Who’s your favorite Goosebumps ghoul? Tell us in the Comments.

—Amabel, Scholastic Media Staffer

June 7, 2010

R. L. Stine Volcano Writing Prompt

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RlstineYou know I love writing scary stories. But I don’t like it when the scary stories happen to ME!

In April, my wife Jane and I went to London for a short vacation that turned out to be longer than we planned. Yes, the Iceland volcano erupted, the airports all closed, and we were stranded in London for days.
And, of course, in my mind I began imagining story plots:

  • What if the volcano spewed its ashes for a year or two? What would people do—just forget their homes and start new lives in a new place?
  • What if a kid goes away to camp, there’s a huge blast of black air from a volcano—he is stranded in another dimension, and cannot find his home or see his family ever again?

You can see how my mind works. From real to fantasy. But it would make a great story, don’t you think? Write what you think happens next in the Comments.

— R. L. Stine, Goosebumps Author

April 29, 2010

R.L. Stine vs. Iceland Volcano

Posted by at 9:35 am in Authors, Games, Goosebumps | Permalink

RlstineYou know I love writing scary stories. But I don’t like it when the scary stories happen to ME!

My wife Jane and I went to London for a short vacation that turned out to be longer than we planned. Yes, the Iceland volcano erupted, the airports all closed, and we were stranded in London for days.
Not a bad place to be stranded. But the idea of not being able to go home when we wanted was very scary.

So, now I’m finally home and getting excited about the Summer Challenge Ultimate Author Showdown Webcast. Having faced down a spewing volcano, I’m ready to face down the other contestants. I’m ready to face the unexpected and unpredictable. Bring it on!

WHEN: Friday, April 30th, 2010 at 1:00pm (ET)/10:00am (PT)

  • Christopher Paul Curtis, author of Elijah of Buxton, Bud Not Buddy, and The Watsons Go to Birmingham.
  • Gordon Korman, author of The 39 Clues: One False Note, Swindle, and Zoobreak
  • Lisa Yee, author of Millicent Min, Girl Genius, and Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time
  • and me, R.L. Stine

I’ll be there. Will you?

— R. L. Stine, Goosebumps Author

October 31, 2009

Halloween Greetings from Your Fiends at THE STACKS!

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130 Happy Halloween from the Ink Splot 26 bloggers! To celebrate we thought we would show you our faces, Goosebumps PhotoShock style! If you missed our behind-the-scenes look at the making of Goosebumps PhotoShock, let me fill you in. Goosebumps PhotoShock is an app for the iPhoneTM and iPod touch® that lets you take a regular, boring old photo and Goosebumps-ify it! Trade out those teeth for fangs, your brown eyes for some creepy, yellow ones, dose yourself with some slime, and . . .Voila!

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October 30, 2009

Would You Survive Goosebumps HorrorLand?

Posted by at 6:06 pm in Goosebumps, Reads | Permalink

Goosebumps_horrorlandsurvivalguide Welcome to HorrorLand amusement park, the scariest place on earth!

Have you read the HorrorLand series by R.L. Stine? The series is about someone — or something — that is summoning ordinary kids to an amusement park of horrors where they have to find a way to escape. Fright-master R.L. Stine takes you on a thrilling adventure in the Goosebumps HorrorLand series.

In HorrorLand your nightmares come to life and you’ll need the new book Welcome to HorrorLand: A Survival Guide in order to make your escape. This book will give you behind-the-scenes info on:

  • The Stagger Inn doom service menu
  • Ratings for the scariest rides in HorrorLand
  • Tips on how to avoid top Egyptian curses

Read this excerpt from the book to find out the top 3 things NOT to do in HorrorLand. . .

How to Get in Trouble in HorrorLand

While we were preparing this chapter, the Guest Relations team took a survey. We asked hundreds of Monster Police to answer the following question: “What are your favorite reasons for bullying visitors?” Below are the three most popular answers. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Reason #3: Monster Blood
Due to a recent at the /hungry Crocs Piggyback Ride, anyone caught with Monster Blood will have to eat it. And then you’ll be in BIG trouble!

Reason #2: Meddling
“Some things are nobody’s business but ours,” said Sergeant Clem.

Reason #1: Mirrors
“No mirrors of any kind are allowed,” said an officer named Benson.
“It’s for your own safety, really. You don’t want to see what you look like after one day at HorrorLand.”

October 29, 2009

STACKS Kids Chat: Goosebumps

Goosebumps_chat_home_Karen_Stacks_Staffer_: Hi, early birds! We’re going to wait another 10 minutes or so before opening up the chat room for your message submissions.

_Stacks_Admin_: Welcome, bluecookiedough! We’ll get started in a few minutes.
_Stacks_Admin_: Hey there, Slappymadlibs! We’ll be starting in just a few minutes.
_Slappymadlibs_: hi whats up?
_fabchick_: Hi!
_bluecookiedough_: nothing i don’t know what to do
_Slappymadlibs_: whats your name?
_FastKidXC_: Hey
_Slappymadlibs_: im mackenzie
_bluecookiedough_: hi
_Slappymadlibs_: well you all be my friends? Continue reading
October 27, 2009

October Live Chat: Get Goosebumps!

STACKS Live Chat October announcement: Get Goosebumps Halloween chat on October 27thDARE to chat with us?
Join our LIVE CHAT on the Goosebumps series, other spooky books & more!

WHEN: Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 6-7 p.m. ET
TOPIC: Scary books!

Halloween is right around the corner! And to celebrate, our October Live Chat will be about the Goosebumps series and other spooky scary books. Join in the chat to talk with other kids about the books that give YOU goosebumps!

And if you’re in New York City on October 24, 2009, stop by the Scholastic Store in SoHo at 3pm for a demo of the Goosebumps HorrorLand Wii game, and more Halloween fun!

— STACKS Staffers

UPDATE: 10/30 — Thanks for joining the chat! Read the transcript here. 

October 26, 2009

Watch out for Goosebumps!

Posted by at 10:29 am in Goosebumps | Permalink

Goosebumps_tv Not quite getting into that Halloween spirit? Need a little Goosebumps to get you going? Maybe some classic Goosebumps episodes might help? R.L. Stine’s classic tales were made into the quirky Goosebumps TV series back in 1995 and are still alive and well today. Fox Kids aired 3 seasons of half-hour episodes and an occasional 1-hour special back in 1995.The 4th season of Goosebumps was made up of 1-hour specials– totaling 74 episodes for all 4 seasons combined! Did you know that there are some famous faces in Goosebumps TV episodes?

  • Hayden Christensen of the Star Wars Trilogy was in Night of the Living Dummy Part 1 & 2 back in 1997
  • Ryan Gosling of The Notebook was in Ultimate Goosebumps back in 1996
  • Maria Vacratsis of Degrassi: The Next Generation was in Deep Trouble and Werewolf Skin Parts 1 & 2 back in 1998
  • Katherine Issabelle of Smallville plus other TV shows, was in Ultimate Goosebumps back in 1996

Goosebumps TV show fans are young and old — the series definitely has a wide age range when it comes to fans! To get your fill of classic Goosebumps TV, check out some Goosebumps episode clips.

September 15, 2009

Goosebumps PhotoShock App

Posted by at 1:30 pm in Games, Goosebumps | Permalink

Goosebumps_130 I’m Sam, a producer with Scholastic Interactive. It’s a really exciting time of year for us because we’re launching our first ever apps for the iPhoneTM and iPod touch®! I got the coveted assignment of producing the app for GoosebumpsTM. I’ll be giving you an inside look at what it takes to make an app.

Goosebumps is funny and frightening all wrapped into one. So what would be funny and scary on the iPhone? We had a bunch of early ideas for apps:

  • A “Scream Machine” that gives you a sound bank of Goosebumps noises.
  • A “Haunted iPhone” that looks like the standard iPhone desktop but replaces all of your functions with twisted versions of themselves.
  • “My Pet Goo,” like a virtual pet game except that you’re raising a disgusting glob of goo. Take good care of it and it might grow teeth, change colors, or even split into two globs of goo.

Maybe we’ll make one of those next, but our favorite idea was PhotoShock, which lets you take any picture from your iPhone or iPod touch and give it the full Goosebumps treatment. So you can turn your friends into ghastly ghouls or even give your dog The Haunted Mask!


The app gives you a collection of stickers that you can put on your photograph and then move, resize or rotate to create some truly horrifying compositions. We brainstormed every scary thing you might want to add to a picture: Googly eyes, splatters of slime, hanging spiders, crawling bats, a full moon, a tombstone… well, you get the idea.


We then had to draw and create the stickers in the Goosebumps style. We worked closely with the Goosebumps gurus (aka brand managers – what a cool job!) to ensure that the stickers had the right balance of scares and humor. We also were able to include Goosebumps monster masks so you can make yourself into Slappy or change a photo of a group of friends into the ultimate Goosebumps monster crew around!


With over 95 stickers and icons, the possibilities are endless. And what good are photos if you can’t share them and show them off? Once you’re done, you can email your photos to friends to show off your masterpiece!

— Sam, Scholastic Interactive Staffer