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One Day at HorrorLand is the sixteenth book in the original Goosebumps book series. It was first published in 1994. It received a sequel as the thirteenth Goosebumps Series 2000 book, Return to HorrorLand.

The book has received several adaptations, and has inspired many other pieces of Goosebumps media, such as three video games and a book series.

The cover illustration features a Horror that is attached to a billboard that reads: Welcome to Horrorland - where Nightmares Come to Life! An amusement park is visible in the background.

Blurb

THE NEXT RIDE MIGHT BE THEIR LAST...

The Morris family got lost trying to find Zoo Gardens Theme Park. But that's okay. They found another amusement park instead. It's called HorrorLand. In HorrorLand there are no crowds. No lines. And the admission is free. It seems like a pretty cool place. But that was before that heart-stopping ride on the deadly Doom Slide. And that terrifying experience in the House of Mirrors. Because there's something weird about the rides in HorrorLand. Something a little too creepy. A little too real...

Plot

The Morris family is driving through the desert, searching for the Zoo Gardens theme park. The family consists of Lizzy Morris, Luke Morris, Luke's friend Clay, and the parents. The father left the map at home, so they get lost.

Soon they come across a forest and they are sure that there is no hope, until a frightening billboard reveals the existence of a theme park called HorrorLand one mile away. They drive there, but as soon as they are parked, the car explodes, and the family narrowly escapes the blast.

The person in the toll booth is in a lifelike "costume" and he apologizes for the inconvenience, allowing them to enter the park for free. When they ask to use the telephone, they are informed that there are no telephones at HorrorLand at all.

They decide to go on some rides. The Deadly Doom Slide is their first choice, and it consists of ten slides, and you must not pick the one that does not have an end. After narrowly escaping certain death, they go into the hall of mirrors, where they get lost and almost not to come out.

They discover that the rides in HorrorLand are a little too scary, maybe even a little too dangerous. But the rides aren't real, are they? They soon decide to go find their parents, who have gone missing, only to be attacked by a vicious swarm of bats.

After escaping from this, they find their parents and decide to ride the safest ride in the park, the Coffin Cruise. It is a relaxing ride down a river in makeshift rafts made of coffin wood. Soon, they are locked into the coffins and are shocked to discover that there are spiders inside. After they are let out, they try to escape, only to find a sign that says: NO EXIT. NOBODY LEAVES HORRORLAND ALIVE.

They are soon captured by the workers, the "HorrorLand Horrors". These monsters put them on a monster game show, where they exhibit the humans being killed or tortured on national television. As they are about to be pushed into a pit of death, Lizzy remembers the no pinching signs around the park. She pinches at the Horror, causing it to deflate and die. The family begins to pinch several Horrors, and that allows them to escape through the front gate which was now open. But then, the Horrors give chase and run after them.

They steal a bus and drive home, where they discover a Horror had clung to the back of the bus. Once the monster gets off the back, he gives them free passes to the park for next year.

Reprints and rereleases

Differences

International releases

No. Book Country Translated title Release date Publisher
16

One Day at HorrorLand


16 One Day at Horrorland UK cover
United Kingdom

English

One Day at HorrorLand March 1995 Scholastic
16

Una giornata particolare


Una giornata particolare
Italy

Italian

A Particular Day June 1995 Mondadori
1

Un día en Horrorlandia


Onedayathorrorland-spanish
Spain

Spanish

A Day in HorrorLand 1995 Ediciones B
16

Το λουνα παρκ του τρομου


Onedayathorrorland-greek
Greek

Greece

The Lunar Park of Terror 1995 ΚΕΔΡΟΣ
25

Le Parc de l'horreur


Onedayathorrorland-french1

Onedayathorrorland-french2

Onedayathorrorland-french3

France

French

The Horror Park February 13, 1997 Bayard Poche
5

Um Dia no País dos Horrores


Onedayathorrorland-portuguese
Portugal

Portuguese

One Day in the Country of Horrors 1997 Abril
16

En dag i Horrorland


Onedayathorrorland-danish
Denmark

Danish

One Day in Horrorland 2000 Borgen
N/A

Horrorland


Kippenvel HorrorLand
Nederlands

Dutch

Horrorland 2003 Kluitman Alkmaar BV
8

ملاهي المفاجآت


Onedayathorrorland-arabic
Egypt

Arabic

The Amusement Park Surprises N/A Dar Nahdet Misr
5

ברוכים הבאים לארץ הבלהות


Onedayathorrorland-hebrew
Israel

Hebrew

Welcome to the Land of Fright N/A Maariv Publishing
N/A

Le Parc de l'horreur


Onedayathorrorland-french-canadian
Canada

French

The Horror Park September 2005 Scholastic
6

Um Dia no Parque do Terror


Onedayathorrorland-brazilian
Brazil

Portuguese

A Day in the Park of Terror 2006 Fundamento
14

호러랜드의 비밀


Onedayathorrorland-korean
Korea

Korean

The Secret of HorrorLand July 30, 2015 Gorilla Box
8

恐怖樂園


Onedayathorrorland-chinese
China

Mandarin

Horror Park October 1, 2015 Shang Zhou Publishing
Classic Goosebumps
5

En dag i Horrorland


Onedayathorrorland-danish-classicgoosebumps
Denmark

Danish

One Day in HorrorLand January 2009 Borgen
5

One Day at HorrorLand


Onedayathorrorland-classic-uk
United Kingdom

English

One Day at HorrorLand June 4, 2015 Scholastic
N/A

Le parc de l'horreur


Onedayathorrorland-french-classicgoosebumps
Canada

French

The Horror Park June 2015 Scholastic
5

Един ден в Страхоландия


Onedayathorrorland-classicgoosebumps-bulgarian
Bulgaria

Bulgarian

One Day in the Country May 29, 2018 Хермес

Classic Goosebumps

Differences

  • In the French release, this is the twenty-fifth book in the original series.
    • Lizzy is called "Lise".
    • Luke is called "Luc".
    • Clay is called "Matthieu".
    • HorrorLand is called "Horror Park".

Adaptations

TV series

One Day at HorrorLand was adapted into a two-part episode of the Goosebumps TV series. It is the eight (part one) and ninth (part two) episode of season three.

Goosebumps Graphix

One Day at HorrorLand was adapted into a Goosebumps Graphix story in March 2007 by Jill Thompson, as the first story in Terror Trips.

Audiobook

Audiobook Release date Length Narrated by Published by
Onedayathorrorland-audiobook
November 2015 2 hours, 35 minutes Tara Sands Scholastic Inc.

Merchandise

Artwork

Trivia

  • According to the 2015 rerelease of R.L. Stine's autobiography, Stine drew maps of HorrorLand so he could picture where each attraction would be while writing the book.
    • Stine also said it's one of his favorite Goosebumps books.[1]
  • In 2015, Scholastic's official Tumblr page hosted a competition in which users could vote for their favorite book in the original series (with the addition of Cry of the Cat and Bride of the Living Dummy). Ultimately, One Day at HorrorLand won.[2]

References in other Goosebumps media

References

  1. It Came From Ohio! - R.L. Stine - Google Books: "horrorland"
  2. "It’s official! The ULTIMATE GOOSEBUMPS BOOK, as determined by you, is ONE DAY AT HORRORLAND!" (Tumblr) (mirror)

See also

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