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"Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes" is the eight episode of season two of the Goosebumps TV series, and the twenty-seventh episode overall. It premiered on October 12, 1996, on Fox during the Fox Kids block.



Joe Burton's dad loves tacky lawn ornaments—pink flamingos, plaster skunks, cement angels—nothing is too ridiculous for his yard. But, when Mr. Burton brings home two hideous lawn gnomes with tall, pointy hats and evil grins, it's not just embarrassing, it's spooky. Late at night, Joe hears eerie sounds coming from the garden. Could those ugly lawn gnomes be alive?

Differences from the book

  • At the start of the book, Joe and Mindy are playing ping pong. In the TV adaptation, they are playing catch.
  • In the TV adaptation, Mindy and Joe are notably more interested in the garden. In the book, they're embarrassed over their father decorating the lawn in tacky ornaments.
  • Moose and Buster are not in the television episode. McCall's wife is also absent.
  • Mr. McCall is meaner than the book version, and the episode leans much harder into his military past.
  • Two additional lawn gnomes come from out of nowhere during the chase scene close to the end. The book properly establishes the other Lawn Gnomes, who were being held at Lawn Lovely.
  • The television episode's ending is different. In the book, the lawn gnomes are left at Lawn Lovely, but Joe's dad buys a lawn statue of a gorilla (which turns out to be alive). In the television episode, the lawn gnomes come back to life after being frozen by bright light and attack Mr. McCall, who ends up as one of the Burton's ugly lawn ornaments.
  • Lawn Lovely is never visited in the episode.
  • Joe never brought a camera to record the gnomes in the book.
  • Joe and Mindy's mother strangely doesn't appear until the end of the episode.
  • Mindy thinks the gnomes look cute, not evil like in the book.
  • In the book, the gnomes are frozen by the sound of a dog whistle. In the episode, they are frozen by the light.

Other media

Goosebumps Presents

No. Cover Release date Pages
February 1998 64

Home media

"Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes" was released on DVD on September 7, 2010, as the third episode on Go Eat Worms. It was included in a 3-Pack Thriller DVD on August 26, 2014.

Title Release date Media type

Go Eat Worms

September 7, 2010 DVD

3-Pack Thriller


August 26, 2014 DVD


  • On this television episode's intro, the dog's eyes do not light up.
  • This episode was adapted into Goosebumps Presents Book #18, the final released book in the series. an adaptation of "The Blob That Ate Everyone" was planned to follow, but was cancelled.
  • Hap and Chip were actually played by actors Jordan Prentice, and Yvan Labelle whenever the gnomes moved.
  • Jordan Prentice was also one of the actors to play Howard The Duck
  • David Hemblen, who portrayed Major McCall, was also the voice actor for Magneto in the 90s X-Men animated series, another series that aired on the Fox Kids block. 
  • The concept of Lawn Gnomes being frozen by light would later be used in Planet of the Lawn Gnomes.