The Birthday Party of No Return! is the sixth and final book in the Goosebumps Hall of Horrors book series. It was published in 2012.

The cover art shows a vulture's claw cutting into a birthday cake. The table beneath it appears to be toppling.


Unhappy Birthday to You!

Lee Hargrove only wants one thing—to win a scholarship to Summer Sports Camp. His school is holding a competition and the winner gets to attend the camp for free. Lee is one of the favorites to win along with his friend Cory "Lucky Duck" Duckworth and another athletic classmate, Laura Grodin. Laura is good . . . for a girl, but how can anyone compete with Cory's good-luck streak? Lee has an idea and he's about to give Cory an unforgettable birthday present that will really get the party started!

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The birthday party of no return

The cover.

  • The pre-release cover art has features not seen in the final cover art. The lighting was brighter, and the cake's designed was completely different.
  • The title can be viewed as misleading. The book only has one scene where it took place at a birthday party. And the birthday party was not the origin nor the beginning of the events that happened in this story. The claw on the cover is very accurate but the cake only appeared once.
  • The story has similarities to Locker 13, a book from R.L. Stine's The Nightmare Room series. They both center around an object that starts out as a good luck charm, but later gives the owner bad luck. The twist is also similar to a plot point in the earlier book.
Goosebumps Hall of Horrors series
#01 Claws!#04 Why I Quit Zombie School
#02 Night of the Giant Everything#05 Don't Scream!
#03 The Five Masks of Dr. Screem#06 The Birthday Party of No Return!
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