"The Haunted Mask" is the first and second episode of season one of the Goosebumps TV series. Part one and part two premiered on October 28, 1995 on Fox Kids Network.

It was an major hit when it originally aired, gaining over 14 million views in its first airing. Kathryn Long, who played Carly Beth, even received a Gemini Award nomination for "Best Performance in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series".



Steve and Chuck are always doing mean things to scare Carly Beth. Whether it's in the cafeteria or the classroom, they constantly humiliate her in public. Sabrina says its Carly Beth's own fault because she's so "scareable". Well, not this Halloween. It will be such a treat when the trick's on them! Carly Beth will terrify everyone with the amazingly life-like horror mask she got from the creepy man at the novelty store. He warns her not to take the mask, but Carly Beth is determined to shed her old image. Only, what will she do when it turns out the mask has a life of its own?

Differences from the book

  • In the book, The Shopkeeper only warns Carly Beth about the mask. When Carly Beth asks for it, The Shopkeeper sells it to her and even offers her a bag. In the episode, The Shopkeeper refuses to sell her the mask, so Carly Beth steals it. Once she takes the mask, The Shopkeeper begins shouting at her.
  • Putting on the Haunted Mask makes Carly Beth's voice sounds like a raspier version of her regular voice, unlike the book, where it made Carly Beth's voice deeper and completely different.
  • The science fair scene is removed.

Home Media


A poster advertising the VHS release.

Title Release date Media type

The Haunted Mask

March 12, 1996 VHS

Filming locations


  • Towards the end of the episode, when Carly Beth returns home, she throws the mask on the ground. But a few scenes later, it is back in her hand.
  • Early in the episode, Carly Beth's mother tells her to be careful with the plaster head, since it can break easily. Later, however, Carly Beth throws the stick (with the plaster head on it) on the ground when she "attacks" her friend by grabbing her neck and shirt collar. Then, Carly Beth lifts up the head and it is completely unharmed when it should have been broken.
  • R.L. Stine makes a brief cameo in the background, when the children are trick-or-treating.
  • According to R.L. Stine's autobiography, they were going to use a rubber worm in the scene where Carly Beth Caldwell bites into the sandwich and finds a half-bitten worm, but Kathryn Long insisted on eating a real worm to make it realistic.
    • On a separate occasion, he suggested that the scene took twelve takes and twelve worms.
  • In the mask shop, while Carly Beth looks for a mask, you can see a mask of R.L. Stine.
  • Kathryn Short (Sabrina) played Sue in "A Night in Terror Tower", which also aired in season one.
  • Cody Jones (Noah) played Danny Anderson in season four's "The Ghost Next Door".
  • The episode premiered on Fox instead of Fox Kids as a Halloween special.
  • Despite being a popular episode, it has not been released on DVD.
  • A Goosebumps Presents for this book was advertised, but never released. More than likely it would have been the first book in the series.




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