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Classic Goosebumps: The Haunted Mask

Book review by
Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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Popular series reissue is a fun sleepover read.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 14 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

Several displays of teasing at the expense of other children. A child wants to get revenge on people who tease her but finds that revenge isn't always the answer.


Quite a few scary scenes, including one child choking another under the influence of evil. Neither child is harmed.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the scares in this book won't be too much for most tweens. A classic creepy guy in costume shop has some gross masks, and suspense is of the "who's in that costume?" and "what's chasing me?" variety. More frightening is when a character realizes she's falling under the control of an evil presence.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10 year old Written byYOUTUBEYAY July 29, 2009


Adult Written byreviewer person January 29, 2014

The Haunted Mask Review

A character is punched in the face, the Haunted Mask is scary, the kids smoke cigarettes.
Teen, 14 years old Written bymkalv February 26, 2009

Good, but not great.

I did like this book, but I disagree that it is one of the best. It is good, however, and kids who like horror stories will love this one.
Teen, 13 years old Written byThreeDaysGracesGirl October 29, 2010
The books are fine. It depends on how easily scared your child gets.

What's the story?

Carly is tired of getting teased at school. Her friends are always thinking of ways to frighten her -- and it works. She always falls for their tricks and the whole school laughs at her. But this Halloween it's different -- she's got the spookiest mask ever and she'll get her revenge and watch her classmates recoil in horror. Little does she know, it'll be horrific for her too!

Is it any good?

Stine delivers another spooky, look-over-your-shoulder book ideal for reluctant readers and Halloween-themed sleepovers. This reissued "classic" is one of the better books in the Goosebumps series that's often cast aside as mass-produced light entertainment. There are awful masks and spider scares, acts of revenge, and great cliffhangers to enjoy here.

Carly is picked on at school for being a scaredy-cat, but readers will feel just as jumpy as she deals with crazed duck costumes, hairy tarantulas, and live worms. When she finally gets an opportunity to take her revenge, readers will turn from having sympathy for Carly to being scared to death of her and what she can do with her new super scary mask.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about teasing and revenge. Why did Carly want revenge against her friends? What did she learn about trying to "pay back" others who had hurt her? Have you ever wanted to get back at someone who teased you?

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