October is a great month for R.L. Stine and his "Goosebumps" series. There's the new movie in theaters, Halloween is just around the corner... And of course on October 27, 1995, the "Goosebumps" television series premiered!
To celebrate all these spook-tacular "Goosebumps" events, let's look back over covers from the original "Goosebumps" series -- particularly ones that still give us the shivers.
"Night of the Living Dummy"
Ventriloquist dummies are creepy looking even before you factor in evil forces bringing them to life. Those eyeballs that slide back and forth? Those mouths that flap up and down? *shudder*
"Night of the Living Dummy III"
One ventriloquist dummy is bad enough. A room full of them is sooooo much worse. What do you even call a group of dummies? A gaggle of dummies? A swarm of dummies? A bunch of dummies? A murder of dummies? Yep, I bet it’s totally a murder of dummies.
"Say Cheese and Die!"
The title is cheerfully aggressive: DIE! but, ya know, say cheese first. And this cheerfully aggressive tone is mirrored in the cover, since it’s a happy family barbecuing – a happy family of skeletons! Makes you wonder what kind of meat Daddy Bones is grilling. Ewww!
The kid’s head on a chicken’s body is freaky enough, but the fact that there’s no neck just ups the heebie-jeebie factor.
"You Can't Scare Me!"
Uh, yes, yes you can. You can totally scare me when mud creatures start oozing out of the ground.
"Bad Hare Day"
The punny title makes me giggle. And I want to giggle at the idea of a murderous rabbit. But those eyes and teeth, man. I’m pretty sure they’ll be haunting my dreams tonight.
"Don't Go To Sleep!"
Don’t worry, there’s no chance I'll ever go to sleep again with the image of a giant monster hand reaching for me burned into my brain.
"The Blob That Ate Everyone"
That brainy blob is just foul looking. And there’s so. much. slime.
"The Curse of Camp Cold Lake"
Yikes! A skull – with eyeballs and hair – rising out of a fog-shrouded lake is scary stuff. And the similarities to Jason from "Friday the 13th" amp up the fear factor.
"The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight"
Scarecrows are freakin’ scary! I mean, it’s right there in their name. And scarecrows may not have brains, but that makes it all the more likely they want to munch on mine.
"It Came from Beneath the Sink!"
Cabinets underneath sinks are dark and dank, and there’s always the possibility of creepy-crawlies skittering around under there. Did they really need to go and make it worse by throwing in glowing green eyes?
"The Horror at Camp Jellyjam"
With so many monsters and creatures to choose from, what’s so scary about a human? First, I’ve seen enough horror movies to know nothing good ever happens at camp. Second, one look at this dude and I’m running away screaming, “Stranger danger!”
"A Shocker on Shock Street"
Bugs are bad enough. Bugs the size of buildings?!? No, no, no, no, NO!