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This is a list of references and allusions in the Goosebumps franchise.

Original Series

Title References

Some Goosebumps book titles are references to other media:

Tagline References

Television Series References

Movie References

  • There are references to Stephen King, Steve McQueen, The Blob, The Lord of the Rings, Frosty the Snowman, and The Shining in the Goosebumps film.
  • In the movie, Danny Elfman makes a small amount of music that sounds similar to Dark Shadows, Corpse Bride, Spider-Man, and Sleepy Hollow.
  • When Stine was tied up by the Lawn Gnomes, that was a reference to the book Gulliver's Travels, which was also turned into a 2010 movie starring Jack Black and directed by Rob Letterman. 

Other References

References to Goosebumps

  • Spider-Man (2002 video game): During the Scorpion boss battle, music from Let's Get Invisible! is played.
  • Slither (2006 film): There's a scene where two little girls are reading Goosebumps books, one reads You Can't Scare Me!, and the other girl reads The Girl Who Cried Monster.
  • Nick News: R.L. Stine appeared in multiple episodes.
  • Clarence: There was an episode called "Belson's Sleepover" where the character Belson reads a book called, Goose Pimples to Clarence and his friends.
  • Regular Show: The episode "Terror Tales of the Park" features a living ventriloquist dummy attacked Mordecai, Rigby, and Benson, the dummy looked very similar to Slappy in his appearance from the Goosebumps TV Show.
  • Arthur: In the episode The Scare-Your-Pants-Off Book Club, the Scare-Your-Pants-Off books parody Goosebumps. Buster mentions a book called The Curse of the Mummy's Breath, a reference to The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb and Vampire Breath.
  • Goosebumps is referenced several times throughout Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Double Down. The characters in this book read the book series, Spineticklers, a fictional series written by the fictional author I.M. Spooky. There are at least 97 books in the Spineticklers series. Some of the titles allude to real Goosebumps books. The fictional book The Brain with Its Own Mind possibly alludes to Brain Juice, and Zombies at Breakfast possibly alludes to Zombie Halloween or Monster Blood for Breakfast!.
  • Be Cool Scooby Doo: In the episode Sorcerer Snack Scare, we can see a dummy who looks similar to Slappy.
  • The band, $uicideboy$ has a song called "Say Cheese and Die!".
  • The Simpsons: In the Season 23 episode The Book Job, the phrase "Is R.L. Stine here, cause you just gave me Goosebumps" is uttered by the book executive.
  • The Zack Files: In the first episode, The Library of No Return, Zack is put on trial by the Alice in Wonderland characters and first claims the book was by R.L. Stine before correcting himself, saying "No wait, that was Goosebumps."
  • The now defunct deathcore band Dr. Acula wrote multiple songs with titles based on Goosebumps books. These include Shocker On Shock Street, Horror At Camp Jellyjam and Say Cheese and Die! just to name a few.
  • Internet personality Neil Cecierega, under his musical project Lemon Demon, released a song called Goosebumps which references many of the titles of the original 62 in its lyrics. The music video features imagery of the books and all of the first 62 covers. 
  • Goosebumps has been referenced multiple times on the video game channel Game Grumps. Among the references are:
    • Giving the name "R.L. Stine" to the main character in the PS2 video game Chulip.
    • Goosebumps Horrorland was played during the 2013 Ghoul Grumps series.
    • Arin telling Dan the twist of Welcome to Camp Nightmare in the 18th part of their NES Legend of Zelda playthrough.
  • Internet personality James Rolfe covered Goosebumps in his video "Nostalgic Scary Books - Looking Back (episode 1)"
  • Internet personality JonTron reviewed the Goosebumps TV series in a two-part video. Episodes covered were My Hairiest Adventure, Don't Go To Sleep and Ghost Beach.
  • Internet personality The Nostalgia Critic reviewed the Goosebumps TV series in his Fox Kids retrospective.
  • Internet personality Linkara reviewed Goosebumps Graphix: Terror Trips for his Longbox of the Damned video series.
  • Internet personality PushingUpRoses covered Goosebumps on her channel on several occasions, including a review of "An Old Story" and most recently Escape From HorrorLand
  • Cracked Magazine lampooned Goosebumps in their May 1997 issue.
  • Disney Adventures featured multiple articles on Goosebumps, including their November 1996 issue which featured it as their cover story. 
  • YouTuber Jaimetud placed Goosebumps in the number 4 spot in the video The Top 11 NEXT Best Scares of Childhood.
  • Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction: the story entitled "Wheezer" features a scene where the character Zack is reading an exerpt from Attack of the Jack-O'-Lanterns to his dog.
  • Mad Magazine lampooned Goosebumps in 2017 with "Goosebumps Books For Millennials".
  • The 2002 book The Mysterious Matter of I.M. Fine by Diane Stanley centers around some kids who must figure out why kids who read a series called Chillers are doing strange things that happen to connect to the latest books in the series and track down the mysterious author.
  • Toy Story 4: The movie features dummies whose designs are similar to that of Slappy. Even R.L. Stine himself made reference to this.
  • In one episode of Glee, a book of The Phantom of the Auditorium can be shown.
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