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Characters from the Goosebumps novel Ghost Beach

Jerry and Terri Sadler

Portrayed By: Sheldon Smith and Jessica Hogeveen (TV)

Two siblings whom are sent to their grandparents. They encounter actual ghosts and try to get rid of them.

  • Animal Lover: Jerry admits that he has a fascination with animals, as he immediately wants to inspect what appears to be a bat. He is also shocked upon a dog skeleton, and takes a limping to Harrison's dog.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: They get on each other's nerves plenty of times, but when it comes to solving mysteries and facing against danger, they work together.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Before they go to their grandparents, their parents tell Jerry that he has to protect his sister in case anything bad happens. And considering the ending, Jerry probably has to endure this role to protect his sister from their grandparents.
  • Brainy Brunette: Both have dark brown hair, and they both have interests in studying. Jerry has an interest in science and animals, while Terri has an interest in mysteries and graveyards.
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  • Cruel and Unusual Death: They are last seen about to be killed by their grandparents. When asked in an author interview in the Classic series what happened to them afterwards, R. L. Stine replied that this was disgusting, and he just ate lunch.
  • Curiosity Killed the Cast: Terri is constantly interested in what goes on around the beach, which makes her want to sneak out and solve the mystery. This almost gets her killed.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Jerry is very sarcastic at times towards people, especially to Terri.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Terri is the Foolish while Jerry is the Responsible. This is why their parents chose the latter to look after the former.
  • Hidden Depths: Terri's "odd" hobbies and fascination with the dead imply she's an aspiring detective.
  • Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!: Terri often taunts Jerry with this, which annoys him greatly and sometimes goads him into going along with her plans.
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  • Oh, Crap!: The two come back home after their adventure in the cave, when Harrison's dog comes by and starts barking at their grandparents, revealing that they were unloving to begin with. And as Jerry and Terri look on in shocked realization, the adults kick the dog out and wonder what they're going to do with the kids next.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Jerry is the Savvy Guy and Terri is the Energetic Girl. Jerry is more down to earth and serious, while Terri is very curious and likes to explore.
  • Tank-Top Tomboy: Terri has decidedly less "feminine" interests and in the comic adaptation, wears a sleeveless shirt.
  • Uncertain Doom: The story ends with their undead grandparents cornering them. It isn't revealed what happened after that, but considering what R.L. Stine implied about them, at least one of them didn't make it out.
  • Youthful Freckles: Both have freckles across their noses.

The Sadler Trio
Louisa, Sam, and Nat

Portrayed By: Anna Majewski (Louisa) and Bill Turnbull (Sam) (TV)
"It wasn't fair! We barely had a life at all!"

Three little kids who're supposedly cousins of Jerry and Terri Sadler. They warn the twins of a ghost that inhabits a nearby cave. In reality, Sam and his siblings died over 300 years ago, during their family's first winter in America, and they plan to kill the twins so they'll have new friends.

  • Adapted Out: Nat doesn't appear in the TV show.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Sam and Louisa to Nat, especially Louisa. She comforts him when he cries about the dog skeleton and he hangs onto her when they enter the cave, and both her and Sam comfort him when he's upset about Jerry and Terri not killing the ghost.
  • The Leader: Sam, as the oldest, is the one who takes charge.
  • Not Growing Up Sucks: They can't get any older and they already didn't have much of a life when they were still alive, so their ability to experience the world around them is very limited.
  • Promotion to Parent: Implied to be the case with Sam and Louisa, who're much older than Nat is. Since their parents are not around, it's up to them to look after him.
  • Tragic Monster: They died before they could have a chance to actually live life in the new world, and now they're stuck haunting the beach where they died. All they want is some new companionship no matter how they have to get it, and they're consistently stalked and terrified by a man who wants to destroy them.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: When they were truly alive. It's possible their niceness to Jerry and Terri was genuine, but they still want to kill the twins so they'll have new companions.

Harrison Sadler

Portrayed By: Hardee T. Lineham (TV)
"You brought the ghosts. Thank you."

An obsessive, bitter, and determined old man, Sadler sees himself as a ghost hunter. He hides out in a cave near his hometown and spies on three ghostly children in the area, seeking to capture them. When Jerry and Terry Sadler show up, he finds his chance.

  • Dark Is Not Evil: Living for God knows how long in a cave isn't good for appearances.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: So much so that he's willing to use two innocent kids as bait for a ghost trap.
  • Pick on Someone Your Own Size: The Sadler spirits may be hundreds of years old, but spiritually they're still kids, and it's implied they're even more afraid of him than the other way around.
  • Taking You with Me: Buries himself and the ghosts in a cave in to stop them once and for all.