Timeless Thoughts: Goosebumps

Reader beware, you’re in for a scare!

 

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It was the day after Halloween. My parents, brothers, sister, and I had all decided to head to the mall to enjoy the last of the mini semestral break. It was our only real celebration this short break. You see, my family never really celebrates Halloween. We never really dress up, never put up gruesome decorations- and I’ve never been trick-or-treating my whole life! Since this day was special, I made sure to wear the new loose-fitting Star Wars top my aunt gave me to match my black skirt and brown Doc Martens. A special outfit for a special day.

 

“We’re going to watch a movie today,” my mom said. She was smiling from ear-to-ear as we entered the mall.

“Oooh! What movie are we seeing?” I eagerly asked. There weren’t a lot of tame movies that time. Just a bunch of scary Halloween ones with monsters and ghosts and haunted places- stuff I don’t want to bother hearing about. Spooky things give me the creeps!

 

“We’re watching… Goosebumps!” 

“Goosebumps?!” I exclaimed. “That’s a joke, right?”

My mom beamed. “No it isn’t. We’re buying tickets now.” Her smile widened and my dad joined her. What was going on? My parents never really liked spooky stuff. What’s up with their Halloween spirit all of a sudden? And what on Earth were they so happy about?

I turned to my brother. “This is weird,” I whispered. He just shrugged his shoulders.  

“Why are we watching this?” 

“Don’t tell me you’re scared of a kids movie!” my other brother teased. “Oooohhhh!” 

I shot him a look.

“The bigger question is: why not?” my dad answered. “Now come along and follow us.” He was still smiling. This was getting creepy.

“Yes,” my mom added. “Follow us, dears.” And she led us inside, her icy hand on a firm grip around my wrist.

There weren’t a lot of people in the theater and it was a weekend. I looked around. None of the moviegoers were moving. It’s as if they were frozen on their seats and staring blankly into the screen. Things were getting more and more bizarre by the second and it was making me feel uncomfortable.

Suddenly, a thought came to me: should I make a run for it? But what if my parents were just fooling around? I didn’t want to be the butt of their stupid jokes so I continued walking to my seat. I’m no scaredy cat!

“I’m not scared,” I whispered to myself. “This is all just my imagination. After all, what could possibly go wrong?”

Suddenly the theater went black. The air became cold. Too cold. 

 

After minutes of squirming in my seat, the screen finally lit up. The title appeared. Then spooky music filled the room. There was no turning back. I clutched on to my jacket. I felt a chill run down my spine. I turned to my mom hoping to get some comfort but she just stared back at me, a big smile still on her round face.

“The movie’s starting. Are you ready?” she whispered in a voice that didn’t sound like hers. My dad then started laughing and my siblings joined him. It was the type of laugh villains in those Saturday-morning cartoons had. I tried to make a run for it but it was too late.

The first scene came up and I nearly jumped from my seat. I swallowed my breath. What I saw next made me scream.

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No, that really didn’t happen. At least not the creepy parents part. We also don’t celebrate Halloween as a family and we did end up watching Goosebumps (2015). And no, the movie wasn’t scary at all. But I hope that little story brought you a bit of nostalgia in the way that I wrote it.

I thought about talking about this book series for my Timeless Thoughts entry after I had a chance to see the movie recently. It was such a fun family movie and whole lot better than I expected. It brought back so many memories…

Okay, so I got introduced to the Goosebumps books at the summer of being 12 and it was one of my favorite book series until I was around 14 or 15. I had heard of the books before but I didn’t really get what the fuss was all about. After reading The Ghost Next Door in my neighbor’s house, I knew I had to pick up another book. My siblings followed suit. You see, I was a big scaredy cat (and still am) when it came to anything horror so those books were the closest I could get to fun, spooky thrills in my leisure time. 

I remember going to those used-books stores in the malls and looking for Goosebumps the moment I stepped in. I preferred getting my books from there because they were a lot cheaper and they’d sometimes have a sneaky Goosebumps book that was hard to find. Plus it was cooler to get the classic cover designs, not the re-releases they sold at regular bookstores.

Right after my siblings and I got into the books, we found out there was a Goosebumps series from the 90s. We looked it up and got hooked. They weren’t the best in terms of production but they kept us entertained. I still remember staying up late at 14 years old just to watch the episodes on YouTube.

 

All 62 Classic Goosebumps books!

 

Below is a list of the books I read:

Stay Out of the Basement
Night of the Living Dummy
The Girl Who Cried Monster
Welcome to Camp Nightmare
The Ghost Next Door
Be Careful What You Wish For…
One Day at HorrorLand
Why I’m Afraid of Bees
Attack of the Mutant
The Cuckoo Clock of Doom
It Came from Beneath the Sink!
Night of the Living Dummy II
How I Got My Shrunken Head
Night of the Living Dummy III
Legend of the Lost Legend
Vampire Breath
How I Learned to Fly
Chicken, Chicken
Don’t Go to Sleep!

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Give Yourself Goosebumps: Deep in the Jungle of Doom
Give Yourself Goosebumps: Invaders from the Big Screen

 

And below is a list of my favorite ones, in no order:

Cuckoo Clock of Doom
Don’t Go To Sleep
Attack of the Mutant
How I Got My Shrunken Head
How I Learned To Fly
Unfortunately when we moved last year, we had to give away most of our Goosebumps books. They took up a lot of space at home. This was my last photo of them:

 

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Did you guys grow up with Goosebumps too? Which were your favorite books?

 

Kaela

Kaela is an Illustrator and Graphic Designer who draws inspiration from her quirks, childhood nostalgia, and pop/sub-culture. www.KaelaAnte.com

10 thoughts on “Timeless Thoughts: Goosebumps

  1. GOOSEBUMPS! I grew up with those being around me, and I did read a few, but it was never a series I really got into. I can’t even remember what I read and what they were about, with the exception of that creepy dummy . . . I remember that thing! Oh, man. Your post just gave me an idea of what I could write for next month 😀

    Thanks for participating! ^^

  2. Love Goosebumps, and that’s why I enjoyed the new reboot <3

    I grew up reading them and so a few days ago, I decided to share my collection of Goosebump books with my school, and fellow college students and placed them in a little clear box that anyone can rent and check out books without having a clear date to return them. A free little library, so to speak.
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  3. I feel so out of the loop – I’ve never heard of Goosebumps before! It looks like something I SHOULD HAVE known about growing up but I dont! Maybe because I always tend to steer right away from anything horror related or anything scary related or anything that suggests in the title that I will not sleep for 4 months straight. Goosebumps sounds like that and yes, even if it’s a kids film, I’d probably still be scared xD
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  4. I’m a 90s kid, so of course I grew up with Goosebumps. In fact, my across the street neighbor and best friends introduced me to Goosebumps (not only did they introduced me to Goosebumps but to Weird Al as well). I have read most if not all of the Goosebumps books, including the ones were you got to be the main character of the story and got to tell the character’s fate. I really liked those. I thought R.L.Stine was a Genius for writing those books. I do have his “Red Rain” book that I really should finish. However, it’s geared towards the adult audience (which in a way, is not good. He’s better off sticking to Goosebumps and Fear Street). He’s a lot better writer for the children audiences and the teenager audiences. My favorite series were that of the Fear Street series.
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  5. I used to like the series when I was younger…for a short while. I remember reading one of the ones where you picked what happened and I got freaked and tossed it in the hallway. XD Never touched it again.

    I vaguely remember some of the old tv series, and specials they had. Then, there’s some similar thing from that on Discovery Family I’ll watch sometimes.
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