Vampire Breath is the seventeenth episode of Season 2 of the Goosebumps TV series. The episode aired on Fox Network 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



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