* Oddly enough, Slappy gets exactly ''one'' moment like this: he is ''genuinely'' happy to see Stine when he's released from his book (even if Stine [[OhCrap doesn't exactly return the sentiment]]), affectionately calls him "Papa," and is excited to see what trouble he's been summoned for this time, thinking that Stine let him out on purpose. And then the moment's gone [[OhCrap when he catches Stine trying to discreetly pick up his book to trap him inside again]].
* Hannah helping both Zach and Stine to [[spoiler: learn to let her go, while simulaneously helping them both dealing with their respective grief: Zach from the loss of his father, and Stine from the loss of his wife, as well as to face his loneliness and open up to real people again instead of his imaginary characters]].
* R. L. Stine [[spoiler: writing one more book to bring Hannah back, and allowing her to finally live like a normal teenager with Zach]]
* Tim Jacobus, who painted the series' memorable and popular book covers, had not been involved with the franchise for at least ten years before being brought back to work on some of the films merchandise. The film's end credits sequence serves as a ''gorgeously'' animated tribute to his artwork, something he was apparently kept in the dark about until he saw the film for himself.
* The ending to ''How I Learned to Fly'': During a huge televised flying race, Jack loses his ability to fly and it seems like Wilson has once again proven that he's better than Jack at everything. Turns out [[spoiler:Jack just pretended to lose his powers so he can break free from being a celebrity and spend time with the girl he secretly loves while Wilson is forced to move away and spend the rest of his life with the burden of being famous]].
** Mia, the girl Jack has a crush on, being worried that Jack being known as "The Flying Boy" and his rivalry with Wilson is taking a toll on him.
* In ''Deep Trouble'', the relationship between Billy and the Mermaid is particularly touching, especially considering the series' general formula of horror and melancholy.
* In ''The Headless Ghost'', the titular character is established as a vicious trouble maker, but [[spoiler:after the protagonists find his head, he appears to say "thank you" before departing to the afterlife.]] This is subverted in the TV episode, where he is a bratty UngratefulBastard and there is no quest to find his head so he can become good and rest in peace.
* In the book version of ''The Haunted Mask II'', Steve's initial idea was to use his mask to scare the kids on the soccer team that he's supposed to manage (as punishment for a prank) because they always misbehave. By the time Halloween comes around and the mask has bonded to Steve's face, he still plans on going through with his attempt to scare the kids. However, rather than being freaked out or acting hostile, the kids try to help Steve because they think he really is an old man. All Steve's attempts to scare them just lead to the kids trying to be as considerate and kind as they can be, and eventually, Steve asks for them to help him make it to Carly Beth's house. Steve knew the only thing that could stop the mask was his brotherly love for Carly.
* ''The Haunted Car'' is about a malicious teenage ghost who tries to claim the soul of Mitchell, the protagonist. In the end, though, she inadvertently saves him from a fiery death (had Mitchell not been kidnapped by the girl's spirit, he would have died when his house caught fire) before vanishing forever in anger because she wanted him to be killed by her hands. When her living sister finds out, she bursts into tears at what her twin has done. Mitchell comforts the girl by explaining that as evil as the ghost was, she still saved his life, proving [[RedemptionEqualsDeath she was still capable of good.]]
* The ending to ''A Night in Terror Tower''. [[spoiler: Morgred follows Eddie and Susan to the present, and redeems his past failure by adopting them as their new father]]
* The ghostly woman in ''Piano Lessons Can Be Murder'' turns out to have actually been trying to protect Jerry from Mr. Toggle and ends up saving him. In fact, the TV version goes out of its way to specifically have the ghost woman claim Toggle had finally gone too far when he tried to kill Jerry. When she administers his CoolAndUnusualPunishment, this is what she has to say:
-->'''Ghost''': This is what you get for terrorizing the boy!
!!The TV Show
* At the end of the TV show episode "The Ghost Next Door" [[spoiler:Hannah, the ghost, fulfills her mission of saving Danny and 'crosses over" to be reunited with her family in what can be assumed to be Heaven]]. The book ends a bit...less happily, with Danny [[spoiler: never seeing Hannah after she saves him and, her going off to the afterlife]] but it still ends up being sweet.
* The ending of ''Vampire Breath'', where it's revealed that the vampire chasing the protagonists was really just their long-lost grandfather.
* In The Perfect School Ending Brian [[spoiler: having tricked The Perfect School's headmaster and his parents into switching places with his clone, is breaking into the Perfect School's Computer systerm to save the other kids from their fate]].