Halloween Nostalgia: The “Goosebumps” by R.L. Stine Books & TV Show

When I was thinking up ideas for B.E.D.O./Blogtober I knew I had to talk about Goosebumps. There hasn’t been many other things that have influenced me as much as this book and TV series. The book series started in 1992 and the TV series started in 1995. I first discovered Goosebumps the TV show when I was around the age of five, so 1997. I clearly remember watching the episode Go Eat Worms! which was of course based on the book of the same name. I don’t remember when I first figured out that Goosebumps was a book series as well, I’m assuming first or second grade, but at some point I acquired four of them. I also had a lunchbox and a puzzle which are unfortunately gone.

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My battered copies of The Barking Ghost, One Day at Horrorland, Welcome to Camp Nightmare and The Girl Who Cried Monster. The Girl Who Cried Monster no longer has a cover 😦


I didn’t own any of the other books until I was an adult and completed the collection, honestly my proudest nerd achievement. I read the rest growing up at the library. I can say with certainty that R.L. Stine is the main reason I love to read and love the supernatural. I’ve read all of his adult books (which are honestly just Goosebumps except they have sex and people actually die, haha) and I’ve started collecting the Fear Street books. Fear Street was a little before my time and I wasn’t old enough to read them as they were released so I’m doing it now.

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My full collection with my old ones and the few Fear Street that I have.

I do have my favorites, twelve to be exact. These are the ones that terrified me and if they have a TV episode to match then I loved it too.

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Books: 1, 7, 9, 11, 14 and 16.
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Books 22, 32, 33, 37, 45 and 56.

Goosebumps will always hold a special place in my nostalgic heart. I’m so glad Stine is still writing them but I’ll always be partial to the originals. Also, I have to say I love the movie that was made with Jack Black a few years ago based on the books and I can’t wait for the sequel in 2018. Did you grow up reading Goosebumps, if so has R.L. Stine influenced you in any way? Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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