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This is a "Wild Mass Guess" entry, where we pull out all the sanity stops on theorizing. The regular entry on this topic is elsewhere. Please see this programme note.
Goosebumps
In 50 years, the Goosebumps series will be studied in school literature courses.
Whole doctoral theses will be written on how these stories are masterpieces of the horror genre ranking with Edgar Allan Poe's work and The Martian Chronicles.
  • We can hope, can't we?

I Live In Your Basement is the REAL end to the Series.
The REAL Twist is that the Entire Series is All Just a Dream by Keith. Anything written after that is just more dream scenes.

All Goosebumps titles exist in a multiverse like The Dark Tower.
The mascot Curly can travel between worlds a la Rod Sterling. He was the voice saying "Goosebumps, viewer beware you're in for a scare" in the opening theme of the TV show.

The Series is meant to be a Parody of the Horror Genre
It makes sense. Doesn't it?
  • Except of course when the stories actually are scary, right? Fridge Horror is quite common. The earlier stories are more of the type with an emphasis on direct horror. And there are the CYOA "Give Yourself Goosebumps" that in the same book may be a parody with one ending, a subversion with another, a double-subverted discussed parody that then subverts its parody nature by becoming a Dangerously Genre Savvy ending...and even just a couple endings that are played perfectly straight. Not to mention the use of ghostwriters, meaning canonical dissonance.
  • Who ever said horror parody can't be scary, let's remember Scream is both horror parody and scary horror film.

The girl on the front of The Curse of Camp Cold Lake is meant to be Sarah, not Della
She fits the description of Sarah a lot better along with being perfectly opaque, unlike see-through Della. And the surface looks like clammy cold white skin more than bone. Perhaps Sarah was killed by the snake, her body dumped in the lake to hide the evidence, but whatever magic was in the lake kept her from decomposing too much and somehow her soul stayed with her body/corpse and we got what we see on the cover today. As a result, she'll either be Nightmare Fuel or Fetish Fuel or perhaps just Ugly Cute in her own way.

The world where "Attack of the Mutant" takes place is Earth-Prime.
The creator of the Masked Mutant is psychically tuned to the Mutant's universe, what he thought was his imagination was actually events that really happened. The Masked Mutant created an interdimensional portal which sent him to Skipper's world.

The body-switch agency in "Why I'm Afraid of Bees" does actually illegal experiments with humans.
The reason there is no money involved is that they just want to test the switching method to make money later on. Of course this is forbidden, so they aim on kids who are naive enough not to ask and of course don't ask for their parent's permission.

"Be Afraid - Be Very Afraid" is a never-ending loop because the book and card game are a trap.
The wizard character created a reality warping card game and book which sucks unsuspecting individuals inside when they start to play the card game, and when it reaches a certain point, he gives the card and book set to someone else to keep the story going. The book gets longer or shorter depending on how many people are inside and whether or not they survive. For no other reason than For the Evulz.

Wally is actually Mr. Wood.

In Slappy's Nightmare, another dummy, Wally, is introduced as his twin for Jimmy O'James to use for his show while Slappy tries to learn An Aesop about doing something nice for a change. Same cold blue eyes, same expression, looks exactly like him, except his hair color is never mentioned. In the first book, aside from their different outfits and the trademark chip on Slappy's lip, the only thing that could differentiate them otherwise is their hair color. Slappy is a brunette; Mr. Wood is a redhead. Therefore, it is possible that it's the same dummy, different name (and his brief appearance can be due to either the Goosebumps 2000 books being a separate series, or the All Just a Dream ending).

And a little on that note...

Slappy is a redhead in the show because the puppet was really intended to be Mr. Wood.

As noted above, Mr. Wood is a redhead, and Slappy is a brunette. Note that there has never been an episode made for Night of the Living Dummy; it just starts with the second book. I have yet to find confirmation, but it's possible that there was meant to be an episode for the first book, but it was cancelled for some reason (possibly because Mr. Wood is notably the more violent twin), and the puppet built to be Mr. Wood was just recycled as Slappy. The creators of the show were just too lazy to give it a quick paint job to be more accurate to the book.

The world in Welcome To Camp Nightmare is the real setting of the entire series.
The Goosebumps series takes place in a horrifying Alternate Universe where various supernatural beings and mutants struggle for control of Earth. Camp Nightmare takes place in the future, where humanity has finally become aware of these dangers, and hyperspace travel to alternate earths is accessible. Camps such as Nightmoon are organized so children can prepare to look for a better world.
  • Also, the various Crazy scientists seen throughout the series (Brewer, Deep, Hawlings, The Shopkeeper) are secretly researching weapons for the government to combat these supernatural menaces. After all, a bunch of deflatable green ogres wouldn't last 10 minutes against genetically engineered, carnivorous super plants.

The Masked Mutant will make a surprise appearance in The Movie.
He'll turn out to be disguised as one of the Protagonists.

The Masked Mutant was created by the typewriter in The Blob That Ate Everyone.
Or alternately, since the power was in Zackie's mind, not the typewriter, he was born from the imagination of another lightning-strike victim.

The Masked Mutant planned for Skipper to defeat him.
Think about it. He knows full well he's a comic character created to appease a certain youth demographic, and he's not happy because he has no real control over his life. When the Mutant confronts the boy and reveals he'll have to kill him, he shows signs of remorse, even apologizing. The reason he targeted Skipper in the first place was because he knew the villain's weakness-why wouldn't he know that himself? His plan was to scan the kid into the comic world, fake his death, and then run free in real life while Skipper became his successor.
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