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  • Actor Allusion:
    • In the movie, the scene with the gnomes tying up Stine is reminiscent of the iconic scene from Gulliver's Travels, which Jack Black starred in an adaptation of in 2010.
    • Also in the movie, Jack Black's character really likes bear traps.
  • Ascended Fanon: A promotional booklet released for the 2015 film (which mostly consists of Slappy taunting his new slave, the reader) was actually the first official material to confirm that "Karru Marri Odonna Loma Molonu Karrano" (the incantation that brings Slappy to life) translates to "You and I are one now" in English, which the fandom had been using for almost twenty years based on a popular interpretation of a line from the tv series' version of "Night of the Living Dummy II."
  • California Doubling:
    • The movie takes place in the Delaware town of Madison; it was shot in the Georgia city of Atlanta.
    • The TV series presumably took place in the States (explicitly stated in a few episodes), but was mostly filmed in Canada.
  • Cash Cow Franchise: The only children's book series that has sold more units than Harry Potter.
  • Casting Gag: Many of the people playing the ghouls/zombies are revisiting their roles from The Walking Dead.
  • Defictionalization: They make real Slappy dummies, and there used to be actual Haunted Masks.
  • Deleted Scenes: A bunch for the 2015 film appear on the Blu-Ray:
    • An alternate opening showing Stine moving from his previous home in the middle of the night. The scene was actually used as the prologue of the prequel video game.
    • Zack's first day of school, where he gets on a football player's bad side (the same player is the boyfriend of Champ's love interest and bails on her when encountering the werewolf) and meets Champ.
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    • A brief confrontation between Zack and his mother after the police visit at Stine's home over moving to Madison.
    • Stine's visit to the police station, where he finds out Zack prank called him.
    • Aunt Lorraine finding out Zack has gone from his room before finding Fifi on the doorstep.
    • A brief exchange in the Wagoneer between Zack and Hannah about attending the dance, before Overprotective Dad Stine shoots it down (the scene also includes several ad-libbed versions of Stine's response).
    • After the Jerk Jock football player bails on his girlfriend, he receives a bout of Laser-Guided Karma in the form of the Abonimable Snowman of Pasadena.
    • An alternate ending. Instead of Hannah being rewritten into reality, a Replacement Goldfish named Anna asks Zack where her classroom is. After finding out she's not a monster, he goes to help her. The rest of the ending plays out as normal, only except when Stine passes the typewriter, the title typed is Slappy's Revenge. Slappy appears behind Stine as Stine screams into the camera.
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  • Development Hell: The Goosebumps movie was hinted at waaay back in the year 1997 when the series was at the height of its popularity but apparently had trouble getting financial backing at the time (20th Century Fox was going through a turbulent time at the turn of the century; indeed, Fox Kids got shut down in 2002, but for mainly unrelated reasons). The movie wound up shelved when the TV series was cancelled and the waning of interest in the series. It wouldn't be until 17 years later that they finally got it off the ground.
  • Dueling Shows: With Are You Afraid of the Dark?. Incidentally, both were filmed in Canada, although in different areas. While both are remembered for being good scary shows for children of the 1990s, Are You Afraid of the Dark? had better writing and acting than the TV adaptation of Goosebumps.
  • Fake American: Most of the cast members for the TV series were local talent from Canada.
  • Franchise Zombie: The success of the original series led publisher Scholastic to bet everything they had on it and tell author R.L. Stine to keep going. He did, and the quality suffered. The books ended up Strictly Formula and became shorter. Their popularity dropped as a result. It's been rumored that Stine became so fed up with this that many of the later books were ghostwritten.
    • Possibly averted with Stine's ''Goosebumps Horrorland'' books and their spinoffs. If anything, these books are getting longer and more complex (if not necessarily better) as the series goes on.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Slappy in the movie is designed to bear a closer resemblance to his voice actor Jack Black. This also plays into the fact that Slappy is portrayed as a Shadow Archetype for R.L. Stine (also played by Black).
  • I Knew It!: Anyone familiar with the Goosebumps probably saw The Reveal about Hannah coming a mile away, given that she shares her name with the protagonist of The Ghost Next Door.
  • Name's the Same:
  • Old Shame: Stine has addsmired that he doesn't care for The Barking Ghost, as well as not being happy with the writing in Go Eat Worms
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Jack Black as the paranoid Stine who doesn't trust anybody.
    • Dylan Minnette usually plays awkward or nerdy guys. Playing The Hero like Zack is quite different for him.
  • Recursive Adaptation: Several television episodes received novelizations.
  • Recycled Script:
    • Full Moon Fever borrows most of its plot from Chicken Chicken — the protagonists, one boy and one girl, tick off an old lady and subsequently find themselves transformed into animals. It also resembles a short story, "Pumpkin Juice" (from Still More Tales to Give You Goosebumps), where the protagonists turn into hungry werewolves after ingesting a strange food. Troy Steele of Blogger Beware even calls it in his review Chicken Chicken + The Werewolf in the Living Room.
    • Similarly, Cry of the Cat is an expanded version of the short story "The Cat's Tale" from More Tales to Give You Goosebumps.
    • Taken to ridiculous lengths with the number of summer camp stories:
      • Welcome to Camp Nightmare (Original Series #9): A boy goes to a summer camp said to be haunted by a monster in the woods and his bunkmates keep getting injured and disappearing (Turns out the place is a Secret Test of Character for the protagonist and that he and his family are human-looking aliens ready to go on a vacation to Earth).
      • The Horror at Camp Jellyjam (Original Series #33): A brother and sister on a road trip crash their trailer into a sports camp where everyone is obsessed with competing and winning in sports so they can be slaves to a giant purple blob whose cronies are the Brainwashed and Crazy Stepford Smiler counselors.
      • Ghost Camp (Original Series #45): Two brothers go to a summer camp where everyone is a ghost and the only way they can escape is to possess the body of a living being.
      • The Curse of Camp Cold Lake (Original Series #56): A girl at a water sports camp finds herself haunted by a murderous Yandere ghost girl who can't go to the afterlife unless she has a buddy.
      • Fright Camp (Series 2000 #8): A group of horror movie fans win a trip to a camp that is said to be home to a horror movie director's creations.
      • Return to Ghost Camp (Series 2000 #19): A boy switches places with another camper on his way to the ghost camp from the original series and enjoys living his life — until it's revealed that the boy the protagonist switched places with is prepped to be sacrificed to a monster in the woods.
      • Escape From Camp Run-For-Your-Life (Give Yourself Goosebumps #19): You (the reader) find yourself in a camp filled with zombie children.
      • Welcome to Camp Slither (HorrorLand #9): A brother and sister find themselves in a camp infested with snakes.
      • Creature Teacher: The Final Exam (Most Wanted #6): A sequel to Creature Teacher from Series 2000, where Mrs. Maargh now runs a summer camp that borrows its plot elements from The Horror at Camp Jellyjam as well as Creature teacher
    • Let's Get Invisible!, Mirror Mirror On The Wall, and The Ghost In The Mirror all involve beings that try to switch places with people by using mirrors. Mirror Mirror On The Wall is basically just Let's Get Invisible! without the invisibility angle added in.
    • Horrors Of The Black Ring is more or less The Haunted Mask without the symbol of love angle, since both are about cursed objects that cause the wearer to gradually turn twisted and evil.
    • Goosebumps Wanted: The Haunted Mask reuses The Haunted Mask's plot though with a few different details here and there.
  • Talking to Himself: In the movie, Jack Black voices Slappy as well. Played with in one scene that features a Juxtaposed Halves Shot of them.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Combined with Values Dissonance: the books were written in The '90s, when bullying wasn't taken as seriously. As such the protagonists are often bullied severely (including physical beatings) with no one to help them, often resulting in them having to resort to the paranormal thing/character of the month to help them fight back. Nowadays they could probably just tell a teacher or the like as bullying is (fortunately) taken much more seriously now.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Goosebumps Gold was a twelve-book series planned after 2000, with three titles, The Haunted Mask Lives!, Happy Holidays From Dead House, and Slappy New Year, announced. Cover artwork for the first two can be found on Tim Jacobus's website, and certain websites stock some of the books for sale. The plot for The Haunted Mask Lives! would've been about Carly Beth being targeted by the novelty shop owner who initially made the masks. Stine later used the title Slappy New Year! for the second arc of the Goosebumps Horrorland series, but it had a brand new plot.
    • Goosebumps 2000 was supposed to have a book called "The Incredible Shrinking Fifth Grader," but the series ended before it could be published. R.L. Stine later revealed the plot had been repurposed for his horror novel The Adventures of Shrinkman, and Tim Jacobus shared the unused but completed cover art for the Goosebumps wiki. A similar plot was also used in the third arc of the Goosebumps Horrorland series under the title Night of the Giant Everything.
    • There was going to be one more Give Yourself Goosebumps book, but it got scrapped when the line ended. Artist Craig White shared the cover artwork with the Goosebumps wiki and, while the plot's still unknown, the cover featured some malevolent looking penguins in an arctic setting.
    • The Triple Header monster was originally designed to look like a teen monster with three separate heads instead of the extra two growing out of the monster's shoulders. Extra artwork from Tim Jacobus implies a third novella collection was planned as well.
    • A couple of early plot summaries from the "Goosebumps Horrorland" books are different from what was ultimately released, such as Robby Schwartz's brother Sam being older and the creator of the Dr. Maniac webcomic instead of Robby himself, and a few of the Very Special Guests having younger siblings along on their trip to Horrorland.
  • Word of Dante: Before 2015, "You and I are one now" as the English translation of "Karru Marri Odonna Loma Molonu Karrano" — given how widely this was accepted as fact, it's hard to believe this was purely a popular fan interpretation of a line from the tv series that didn't reach canonical status until 19 years later.

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