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By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Spooky spin on books may be too scary for kids.

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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 19 parent reviews

age 8+

Ok for most

Not to scary. Although some scary episodes where kids are horrified, but it’s a pretty good show.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
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age 7+

Watched this in second grade, was perfectly fine.

I quite enjoyed the books and the show back in the day when I was a kid. Quality of storyline may vary from episode to episode. (The Haunted Mask is one of the best.) Some of the effects have definitely aged better than others. (The titular creeps in "Calling all Creeps" look hilariously awful.) Unlikely to cause lasting nightmares unless your kid is really young or really easily scared. If you're really worried about that, just watch with them.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (19 ):
Kids say (108 ):

The tales run the gamut from creepy to spooky to just plain weird. Curses, mysticism, and paranormal activity are the norm here, and the ever-changing plot makes content difficult to predict. Each story aims to scare its viewers, and heart-pounding suspense is around every corner. In addition, many of the young characters terrorize and play mean jokes on each other, and plots often center on one person seeking revenge on another.

While the books are popular among 8- to 10-year-olds, the scary visuals make Goosebumps iffy for tweens, and parents will likely want to give each episode a once-over before giving sensitive young viewers the OK. And while teens can probably handle the scares, they may be turned off by the dated, low-budget film style and overacting that often plagues horror films of all levels.

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