Scaring Since ’92: Ranking the Original Goosebumps Books

Halloween is around the corner, which means that new horror movies are being released in theaters each week. One in particular, though, might seem more familiar to you than the others. Goosebumps starring Jack Black is inspired by the R.L. Stein series of books, and plays off of the pages that kept children of the 90’s up at night.

Before there was a worldwide phenomenon, though, there were four simple stories – All of them unique. All of them bone-chilling. Costume Discounters has decided to rank them by the fear they instilled. Hopefully, this will prepare you for a few more of those sleepless nights.

4. Monster Blood

Monster blood

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Monster Blood  is the third book in the Goosebumps series. Evan and Andy didn’t know what they were getting themselves into when they first found Monster Blood in a dusty metal can in the middle of a toy store. This substance, which is compared to a mixture of Mars Mud and Silly Putty, was once the victim of a spell put on it by a witch named Sarabeth. Now, it tortures those it touches by engulfing it completely. Don’t try to think that you’ll beat it by eating it, either: Once in your system, it will cause you to grow to gigantic proportions.

3. Stay Out of the Basement

Stay Out of the Basement

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Stay Out of the Basement, the second installment of the Goosebumps series, features Dr. Brewer and his obsession with his homegrown plants. His children, Margaret and Casey, begin to become a little suspicious of their father, though, when he begins developing plant-like tendencies.

2. Welcome to Dead House

Welcome to Dead House

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Nothing beats the original, right? Well, close enough. Welcome to Dead House was the first-ever book penned by R.L. Stine for the Goosebumps franchise. It highlights the Benson family and their move to a new home in the town of  Dark Falls. Their neighbors aren’t too welcoming, as the nearby cemetery houses a group of undead children who, once a year, need to consume fresh blood to revive their existence.

1. Say Cheese and Die

Say Cheese and Die

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Stein must have saved the best for last, as his final story of 1992 was Say Cheese and Die. ” Greg, Bird, Michael, and Shari tried to avoid boredom one summer day by breaking into an old, abandoned house. The group discovers a camera that once belonged to home’s former resident, a strange man nicknamed “Spidey,” because of his spider-like appearance, and creepiness ensues as they begin to take pictures.


For Halloween, do you want to recreate your favorite scary looks inspired by Goosebumps? Or maybe you want to go see the movie in costume. There’s no better place to get what you need than Costume Discounters. Start by checking out our Scary Costumes, then work your way into Horror Masks.