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 twins instead of best friends.
  • 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, a reference to Count Dracula's assistant in the original Bram Stoker novel.
  • 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 a friend 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.
  • The ending does not feature the discovery of "Werewolf Sweat", and Cara does not turn into a werewolf. Instead, the episode ends with Freddy and Cara's mom being overjoyed that her father, Count Nightwing, is back. Freddy and Cara's parents tell them that they're vampires. Cara and Freddy soon hit puberty and are surprised with their birthday present: bunk-bed coffins.

Other Media

Home releases

"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.




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