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"Vampire Breath" is the seventeenth episode of Season 2 of the Goosebumps TV series. The episode aired on Fox during the Fox Kids block on November 23, 1996. It was directed by Ron Oliver.


While their parents are out, Freddy and Cara Renfield discover a secret door in their house. The mysterious door leads to an underground cavern . . . and the most unbelievable night of their lives. Turns out the Renfields have a bat problem—a vampire bat problem!


Differences from the Book

  • Freddy and Cara are twin siblings instead of best friends.
  • Tyler Brown, a kid Freddy and Cara babysit for, is absent.
  • The opening is different since it starts off with the parents leaving their kids alone in the house and tells them to not try to find their birthday presents, the way they find the secret tunnel is different as well as Freddy and Cara begin fighting causing Freddy to bump onto the cabinet which opens but instead Freddy just simply try to move some stuffs where the cabinet ending up falling instead.
  • In the book, Freddy's last name is Martinez, and Cara's last name is Simonetti. In the episode, Freddy and Cara both have the last name Renfield.
  • Instead of being teleported back in time to an old castle, Freddy and Cara go down a slide into a vampire-infested cave beneath their house.
  • Gwendolyn was actually an ally and did not try to bite Freddy and Cara, though she does betray them when she steals the Vampire Breath for herself and ends up being turned into an insect by Count Nightwing. In the book, she is last seen being cornered by Nightwing and her fate is left ambiguous.
  • The ending in the book version includes a scene where Cara finds a vial of "Werewolf Sweat", gets drenched with it, and becomes a werewolf. In the episode, Freddy and Cara become vampires once it becomes midnight and they receive their birthay present: Coffin Bunk Beds.

Other media

Home media

"Vampire Breath" was released on DVD on September 8, 2009, as the second episode on Attack of the Jack-O'-Lanterns. It was included in a 3-Pack Thriller DVD on August 26, 2014.

Title Release date Media type

Attack of the Jack-O'Lanterns

September 8, 2009 DVD

3-Pack Thriller


August 26, 2014 DVD


  • This is the second of three episodes on the DVD, Attack of the Jack-O'-Lanterns.
  • Meredith Henderson, who played Cara Renfield also starred in the 2008 movie Jumper with actor Hayden Christensen, who played Zane O'Dell in the TV episodes of Night of the Living Dummy III, also in season 2.
  • The scene in which Freddy and Cara are running through a tunnel from Count Nightwing is actually recycled footage from Season 1's A Night in Terror Tower.
  • The last name Renfield is a reference to the character Renfield from the 1897 novel Dracula.
  • Both the book and episode would be released in November of 1996.