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The Ghost Next Door is the tenth book in the original Goosebumps book series. It was first published in 1993.

The cover illustration features a ghost's feet standing on a welcome mat, and a door open with a person's foot visible. The Classic Goosebumps reprint shows a ghostly hand reaching for a monster like door knocker.



Hannah's neighborhood has just gotten a little—weird. Ever since that new boy moved in next door. But when did he move in? Wasn't the house empty when Hannah went to sleep the night before? Why does it still look deserted? She's not getting any answers from her new neighbor. He just keeps disappearing in the oddest ways. And he's so pale... Is Hannah being haunted by...the ghost next door???


It is summer vacation, but Hannah Fairchild isn't having much fun. All her friends have left Greenwood Falls for vacations. Even though Hannah writes letters to her friends, they never write back. Not even Hannah's neighbors seem to pay attention to her. To pass the time, Hannah makes campfires in the backyard of her house and tells ghost stories to her younger brothers, Bill and Herb.

One night, Hannah has a terrifying dream about her house burning. However, she is able to dismiss the dream when she wakes up the next morning. Later in the day, Hannah discovers that a new family has moved into the house next door. Hannah meets one member of this new family, Danny Anderson; Danny is twelve years old, the same age as Hannah. Hannah does not recall Danny's family moving into the house. She thought the house was abandoned.

As the days go by, Hannah begins to become suspicious of Danny. He mysteriously disappears every time she turns around or becomes distracted. Hannah begins to suspect that Danny is actually a ghost. Meanwhile, Danny befriends Alan Miller and Fred Drakes, two spoiled children who are always getting into trouble. Hannah attempts to reaffirm her ghost theory by spying on Danny, but she discovers that she is being spied upon and stalked by a shadowy figure.

Danny accompanies Alan and Fred as they perform vandalism around Greenwood Falls. They decide to go to the home of Mr. Chesney, the postmaster of the city, to destroy his mailbox. They are quickly caught by Mr. Chesney, but the postmaster only seems to pay attention to Alan and Fred. Hannah, observing in silence, witnesses this, and this event seems to validate her theory that Danny is a ghost since he can seemingly avoid Mr. Chesney's detection. After their scolding, Alan and Fred tell Danny that they are going to get revenge. Once Alan and Fred leave, Hannah confronts Danny. The two begin arguing, and Hannah accuses Danny of being a ghost. Danny tries to push Hannah, but his hand passes through her chest. Scared, Danny runs away. Hannah slowly realizes the truth; she is the ghost.

Shortly after realizing this, Hannah overhears one of her neighbors, Mrs. Quilty, talking with a friend. The neighbor explains that the Fairchilds died in a house fire caused by one of Hannah's backyard campfires. In disbelief, Hannah enters her home, only to find it empty. She realizes that this is the reason why nobody paid attention to her except for Danny. After this realization, Hannah faints.

Hannah wakes up in the night and rushes to find Danny. She sees him sneaking into Mr. Chesney's house with his friends. Soon, the boys set the house ablaze from the inside, and only Alan and Fred manage to escape. Hannah runs inside the house to save Danny, but she is met by the shadowy figure. Hannah confronts the dark figure and removes his hood, only to reveal Danny's face. The shadowy figure explains that once the real Danny dies, he will be sent to the shadow realm, and the figure will be set free. Refusing to let her friend die, Hannah manages to save Danny, leaving the shadowy figure behind.

Hannah and Danny manage to escape from the burning house as ambulances begin arriving at the scene. Back home, Danny explains to his mother, Mrs. Quilty, and Mr. Chesney that Hannah saved him, but nobody believes him. They try to explain to him that Hannah passed away five years ago. Hannah, who followed Danny home, begins to notice that everything around her is fading. She hears the voices of her parents calling for her to return to them. As Hannah begins fading away from the real world, she cries a final goodbye to Danny, asking that he never forget her.

Reprints and rereleases

  • The Classic Goosebumps reprint was released as a tie-in to the Goosebumps film.


  • All mentions of Mr. Chesney having a shotgun are removed.
  • The Game Boy, Day Glo, and General Hospital references are removed. "cartoon tape" is changed to just "cartoon".
  • A sentence is broken up: "Harder’s Ice-Cream Parlor stood on the next corner, a large red neon ice-cream cone in its window, casting a red glow onto the sidewalk" now reads "Harder’s Ice-Cream Parlor stood on the next corner.. A large red neon ice-cream cone in its window, cast a red glow onto the sidewalk." The change from casting to cast could be an error.
  • Blonde is changed to blond.
  • Plymouth is changed to just "car"
  • "they drove Danny and Mrs. Anderson home in an ambulance" is changed to "they drove Danny and Mrs. Anderson home."

International releases

Classic Goosebumps

No. Book Country Translated title Release date Publisher

The Ghost Next Door

United Kingdom The Ghost Next Door August 18, 1994 Scholastic

Il fantasma della porta accanto

Italy The Ghost Next Door February 28, 1995 Mondadori

Visita aterradora

Spain Terrifying Visit April 1996 Ediciones B

Der Geist von nebenan

Germany The Spirit Next Door October 1996 Omnibus Verlag


Greece The Ghost Next Door 1996 ΚΕΔΡΟΣ

El fantasma de al lado

Mexico The Next Ghost (rough translation) December 1, 1997 Scholastic

Le Fantôme d'à côté

France The Ghost on Next Side February 3, 1998 Bayard Poche

Het spookt bij de buren

Netherlands It's Haunted by the Neighbors (rough translation) 1998 Kluitman Alkmaar BV

Min nabo er et spøgelse

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Denmark My Neighbor is a Ghost September 13, 1999 Borgen


China Neighborhood Ghosts January 1, 2003 Shang Zhou Publishing


Japan Who is Next to Me? (rough translation) March 27, 2007 Iwasaki Shoten

O Fantasma da Casa ao Lado

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Brazil The Ghost of the Next House (rough translation) 2009 Fundamento

Tetangga Hantu

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Indonesia Ghost Neighbors August 24, 2015 Gramedia Pustaka Utama

Il fantasma della porta accanto

Italy The Ghost Next Door January 27, 2016 Mondadori


China Neighborhood Ghosts March 5, 2016 Shang Zhou Publishing

옆집의 유령

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South Korea The Ghost Next Door September 28, 2017 Gorilla Box
Classic Goosebumps

The Ghost Next Door

United Kingdom The Ghost Next Door October 1, 2015 Scholastic

Min nabo er et spøgelse

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Denmark My Neighbor is a Ghost October 13, 2015 Borgen

Spoks kaiminos

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Latvia Ghost Neighborhood 2015 Zvaigzne ABC

Der Geist von nebenan

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Germany The Spirit Next Door January 11, 2016 Cbj

في بيتنا شبح

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Egypt In Our House a Ghost January 1, 2017 Nahdet Misr Publishing House

El fantasma de al lado

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Spain The Ghost Next Door October 2017 Hydra


  • In the original French Canadian release, the cover illustration is altered, The word "Welcome" on the welcome mat is changed to "Bienvenue", the French word for Welcome.
    • The cover of the Brazilian release also removes the word "Welcome" from the welcome mat.
  • In Portugal, this is the eleventh book in the original Goosebumps series.
  • In France, this is the sixteenth book in the original series.
    • Hannah is called "Anna."



TV series

The Ghost Next Door was adapted into a two-part episode of the Goosebumps TV series. It is the third (part one) and fourth (part two) episode of season four, and the sixty-ninth and seventieth episode overall.


Audiobook Release date Length Narrated by Published by
Play in Spotify
August 2015 2 hours, 27 minutes Emily Eiden Scholastic Inc.



  • This is the only Goosebumps book to have its back tagline be a quote from the book.
  • This is one of few Goosebumps books to be written in third person, which was eventually phased out as the series continued.
  • This is one of the few Goosebumps books without a twist ending as the book's twist was revealed earlier on.
  • This is also one of the few Goosebumps books to have a happy ending.
  • One of the people Danny mentions is named Alan Miller. This name would later be reused in R.L. Stine's TV series The Haunting Hour, for the famous comic book writer in the episode "Brush With Madness."
  • This book references Game Boy, Diet Coke, Chutes and Ladders, General Hospital, and Day-Glo.
  • R.L. Stine has said this book is one of his saddest.[1]
  • Early editions of this book advertise Monster Blood on the back cover instead of the next book in the series, The Haunted Mask.
  • The book's front tagline may be a reference to the boy band New Kids on the Block.
  • The preview for the book included in Welcome to Camp Nightmare features Chapter 2 through 5, yet omits Chapter 3.

References in other Goosebumps media