"Bad Hare Day" is the fourth episode of season two of the Goosebumps TV series, and the twenty-third episode overall. It premiered on September 14, 1996 on Fox during the Fox Kids block.



"Pick a card, any card," says Tim Swanson, an amateur magician who loves to perform magic tricks, especially before an enthusiastic audience. Someday, Tim hopes to be a real magician, as good as his idol, Amaz-O. But when Tim goes to Amaz-O’s magic show and participates in a disappearing act, he decides his hero is a total jerk! Tim steals Amaz-O’s secret bag of tricks, but he gets more than he bargained for — Amaz-O’s bag of tricks is full of live fluttering doves, hissing snakes... and one very angry rabbit!


Differences from the book

  • Unlike the book, Ginny accidentally makes herself disappear (by the magic curtain), not transformed into a rabbit by eating two bites of a magic carrot. 
  • In the book, Ginny takes karate lessons, and often uses what she learns there to beat up on Tim. In the episode, she has no interest in karate.
  • Foz plays a much smaller role in the episode, only appearing in the opening magic shop scene.
  • In the episode, the rabbit is an evil magician named El Sydney. Amaz-O had turned El Sydney into a rabbit to prevent him from using magic to take over the world. El Sydney had lied to Tim before, saying that he was Amaz-O's biggest fan, but was conned into being part of the act as a rabbit. In the book, the rabbit was Amaz-O as he was turned into one by a jealous sorcerer named Frank. Also, the Amaz-O that was on stage was a a puppet he had build, which is not mentioned in the episode.
  • Tim does not take a peek at the magic kit among arriving home the night of the performance; he and Ginny actually open it together as planned. Instead of an explosion sound effect, the case makes stereotypical cartoon sounds, ending in a flatulence-like noise (but still manages to startle the two nonetheless). There is no ball-and-cup trick, and Amaz-O's jacket only has a single phony snake that Tim knows right away is fake.
  • The ending of the television episode is a cliffhanger. At the rising action, El Sydney is now human and takes over the act by performing a decapitating "trick" on his two new rabbits (who are actually Amaz-O and Tim) as he asks for a volunteer. When Amaz-O says that he will figure out a way to get out of the situation, Tim replies "What, and quit show business?" The last sound made is a rimshot.
  • While Foz plays the guillotine prank in the book, Malik plays the guillotine prank in the episode.

Other Media

Goosebumps Presents

No. Cover Release date Pages
Tv book 10
March 1997 57

Home releases

Title Release date Media type

Go Eat Worms

September 7, 2010 DVD

3-Pack Thriller


August 26, 2014 DVD


  • This episode was adapted into Goosebumps Presents book #10.
  • Tabitha Lupien (Ginny Swanson) played Jamie Gold in the season three episode "Click".
  • The scene with Malik pretending to have his hand hit by the blade was cut from some airings of the television episode.
  • Mr. Malik's actor Harvey Atkin is known for voicing Bowser "King Koopa" in the Dic Super Mario animated programs.
  • Colin Mochrie, a comedian best known for the improv comedy series Whose Line is it Anyway? has an uncredited cameo.
  • The closing credits for this episode used an alternate version of the main theme song. The altered theme uses an organ, trumpets, and drum-rolls to mimic carnival music. This is one of three custom ending themes, the other two being A Night in Terror Tower/TV episode and The Headless Ghost/TV episode .
  • The advertisement for the Goosebumps Presents book included in How I Learned to Fly mentions Ginny eating a magic carrot that turns her into a rabbit. This does not happen in the episode, although it did occur in the original book.
Goosebumps Theme Song - Bad Hare Day Ver

Goosebumps Theme Song - Bad Hare Day Ver.




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