Then and Now: Still Giving Us “Goosebumps”

Kasiya Lamberty, Staff Writer

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When you were younger you probably read Goosebumps, right? I’m sure everyone has read a few of the books, and if you haven’t yet it’s time to fulfill that missing puzzle piece from your childhood. Goosebumps is a series with 62 books so far, the first book being Welcome to the Dead House, which was published in 1992.

The series may have been fictional, but the fright it gave was real. Many agree that the villain who provided the most chills was Slappy the Dummy. This witty ventriloquist dummy first made his debut in the book Night of the Living Dummy. This character is brought back several times throughout the Goosebumps series.

Along with the book series, two television series aired as well. The Goosebumps TV show aired from 1995-1998, and everyone can still remember the excitement they felt when they heard the theme song come on. There were usually reruns, so you were always able to catch up on episodes you missed, or even just re-watch episodes you had already seen and feel the fear for a second time.

R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour came after, airing from 2010-2014. This series has around 76 episodes, the first episode being part one of “Really You.” Episode one consists of a girl receiving a life sized doll of herself which seems to have a mind of its own, seemingly a throwback to the Slappy the Dummy.

Goosebumps the movie was released in theaters on October 16th, 2015. In the movie, chaos hits a small town once the Goosebumps creatures are released from the books. The movie, starring Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, and Odeya Rush, grossed over $150 million. Who knew back in 1992 that a series of scary books for kids would make it all the way to the big screen?