6 of the Best Goosebumps Books from the 1990s

Posted on October 13, 2023

by Franco V

Children of the 90s (and let’s be honest, children now) may fondly remember the chills and thrills that R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series provides. Mostly fun, and just a little bit scary, these books kept young readers up at night with tales of nightmare sleepaway camps, mummies brought back from the dad, and deadly piano lessons.

Having gone through various iterations and republication, such as the movie starring Jack BlackGoosebumps has returned for another generation in the form of a Disney+ series. But if you want some of the original and best Goosebumps, look no further than these 6 classics of children’s horror literature, which are also just as fun to revisit as an adult.

Stay Out of the Basement

Basements are creepy, but especially so when strange experiments involving plants are happening there.

Monster Blood

Monster Blood is what happens if Silly Putty were to come to life and also turn people into giants if they eat it.

Night of the Living Dummy

Ventriloquist dummies might be inherently frightening, but none touch the antics of Slappy, the villain of many Goosebumps titles.

The Haunted Mask

Masks are scary, but at the end of a solid night of trick or treating, you get to take them off. Unless you’re the main character of The Haunted Mask, where you have a mask that symbiotically pairs with its host body and just doesn’t come off.

One Day at Horrorland

This humble librarian’s favorite Goosebumps book from childhood is none other than the one where a family has a really not-so-good time at the aforementioned theme park, Horrorland.

Escape from the Carnival of Horrors

This book, not in the mainline Goosebumps series, but part of the Give Yourself Goosebumps line of “choose your own adventure”-style books, brings readers back to Horroland-like carnival to play deadly games and or risk limbs at the Reptile Petting Zoo.

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