KidVid: Bump Up the Spooky Season Spirit with Goosebumps
Looking for appropriate entertainment for a Halloween tween sleepover? Scholastic recently released two Goosebumps DVD’s for kids, with episodes from the 1990’s Fox series. Goosebumps - Attack of the Mutant and Goosebumps - Ghost Beach are the latest titles in the DVD series; each contains three episodes.
Goosebumps - Attack of the Mutant features Parts 1 and 2 of Attack of the Mutant and Phantom of the Auditorium. Attack of the Mutant is not so much supernatural as it is super-hero. A 12-year-old boy has a consuming passion for “The Masked Mutant” comic books. His parents—and others—remind him of the dangers of too much comic-book reading, but the boy continues to read. One day he discovers that the stories don’t exist in comic book form only, and are merging into his life. Phantom of the Auditorium is a retelling of The Phantom of the Opera for the middle school set. It involves a cursed school play, a haunted auditorium, and a leading lady that’s signed on for more than she imagined.
Goosebumps - Ghost Beach offers three episodes. Ghost Beach centers on two kids visiting their fourth-cousins-twice-removed (two older folks who exchange meaningful glances throughout the episode) who discover—or are led to—a haunted cave near the beach. But is the cave’s inhabitant the ghost or is it the two children they met while playing in the graveyard? Maybe it’s both.
The Barking Ghost begins in the 18th century with two robbers escaping with a cache of gold coins who choose the wrong hiding place. Fast forward to modern times and a new family in the neighborhood. There are two brothers, the older a total brat, and the younger a bit of a scaredy-cat. The younger brother hears barking and when he investigates is nearly attacked by two large, black dogs. The problem is, nobody else sees or hears the dogs. Samantha is a klutzy girl who just doesn’t fit in with the rest of the girls’ basketball team in the final episode, Be Careful What You Wish For…. When she helps a lost witch find her way home, the witch gives Samantha three wishes. Just as in The Monkey’s Paw, the recipient of such a gift should be very careful how she phrases her wishes.Continued on the next page