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Attack of the Jack-O'-Lanterns (Goosebumps #48)

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  2,417 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
Four friends on halloween night make a plan. A plan to scare the biggest jerks in town. the plan involves people with jack-a-lantern heads. The plan is really working but the heads look a little too real....
Paperback, 128 pages
Published 1998 by Scholastic, Hippo (first published 1996)
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Dec 05, 2013 Colton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
As the first Goosebumps book I read as a child, perhaps I'm a bit blinded by nostalgia. The story centers around Halloween, a recurring theme in these books. Its similar to You Can't Scare Me! in the fact that the main character's actions revolve around scaring two kids who refuse to be spooked, which eventually end them up in trouble with the pumpkin-headed creeps on the cover. However, despite a hokey premise and a strange timeline with multiple flashbacks, I enjoyed this book a lot. The writi ...more
Mar 04, 2015 Carmen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids; Parents
We had no choice but to obey them. We were prisoners. Prisoners of their fire.

Stine writes some really crazy books!

I love it. I mean, bring it on! I love the bizarre, weird, random twists that Stine throws into stuff. I know some people think it's too much to deal with, but I usually eat it up!

Stine starts out on the right foot, page one:

One day my best friend, Walker Parkes, heard my dad call me Elf. So Walker tried it. "What's up, Elf?" Walker said.

I stomped on Walker's foot as hard as I could
David Santos
Nov 29, 2011 David Santos rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Nope, impossible, nope, I'm sorry. Can't happen. Nope. Chapter 9 ruined the book for me. The book was kind of slow for the first 8 chapters, chapter 9 was getting good and up until chapter ten starts with "That was my daydream" You don't grab the reader and lock them in for a good ride than let go and say ride over time to start from scratch. I skipped a few chapters to see if the book could grab my interest, but it couldn't, my trust in it was gone. I felt like if I were to be grabbed again it ...more
Sara Narrow-LaPoint
May 08, 2012 Sara Narrow-LaPoint rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens, horror, 2012
I don't even know what to say about this one. I did it as a read aloud for my students, and they really loved it. I, on the other hand, thought it was absolutely ridiculous. You can't have a completely random ending with no foreshadowing!!
Emma Darcy
Feb 03, 2016 Emma Darcy rated it liked it
hahaha, oh man. Stine's twist endings are the best.
Evan Macrone (Will Work For Books)
Oct 09, 2016 Evan Macrone (Will Work For Books) rated it did not like it
Recommended to Evan Macrone by: It was sitting on my bookshelf and hadn't been touched and was collecting dust. It should have stayed that way.
Shelves: dog-crap

GASP! PANT! GASP! Whew, thanks for excusing me there.

This is the book that DESTROYED my liking for goosebumps. Never has a book so painfully drained the life from me. I mean, goosebumps books are NOT masterpieces in general, and I would never give any of the books 5 stars because of how
Jan 09, 2013 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: goosebumps-read
This will be the last easy read or pretty much easy read that I post for awhile.

Simply because I finished this in one sitting and question if If I think this was trippy or weird.

Either way, I liked it.

Even though after reading most of it, I literally muttered to myself "What the hell am I reading?"

I wasn't too fond of the majority of it being about trick or treating. The main twist was way at the end, (the twist was interesting, I'll admit), and to be honest, parts of this seemed to mimic the ha
Dane Cobain
Mar 10, 2016 Dane Cobain rated it really liked it
And so, my series of Goosebumps reviews continues, and yet again we have pretty much your stereotypical Stine story. And, in stereotypical Stine fashion, the book’s protagonists are fundamentally unlikeable, motivated only by a childish desire for revenge against their ‘enemies‘, two equally unlikeable kids who pranked them at Halloween.

Still, it’s a page-turner, and it’s reasonably enjoyable as an adult – you could happily read it to kids, but maybe not before bedtime. It’s also quite a good bo
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Τοποθετημένο στην περίοδο του Halloween, το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο δεν θα μπορούσε να μην είναι ενδιαφέρον. Έχουμε, άλλωστε, αδυναμία στην περίοδο εκείνη, ενώ η ίδια από μόνη τς προσφέρεται ως σκηνικό τρόμου, έστω κι αν έχει πολυχρησιμοποιηθεί. Η ιστορία έχει αρκετά κοινά σημεία με το "You Can't Scare Me!" αλλά χωρίς να αποτελεί αντιγραφή. Ουσιαστικά, διατηρούν έναν κοινό πυρήνα σε κάποια βασικά σημεία. Τέλος, ίσως να είναι ένα από τα πιο "μεγαλίστικα" βιβλία της σειράς, αφού χρησιμοποιεί την τεχνι ...more
Jun 04, 2014 Glenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Currently rereading my original Goosebumps collection

Started off very similar to The Haunted Mask and progressed into a re-hash of You Can't Scare Me. I enjoyed this book for the most part. It kept me intrigued and became fairly creepy towards the end. Unfortunately, the ending was a complete let down for me. It annoys me that Stine has ended quite a lot of his previous Goosebumps books in this fashion. It just feels abrupt and lazy. Also, there is a child abduction scenario in this book which i
April Summers
Mar 27, 2015 April Summers rated it liked it
Shelves: goosebumps
It just wasn't upto the usual Goosebumps standard. The ending ruined it all. It just ended up too unrealistically. The starting was amazing and had kept me interested from chapter one itself but then it went totally out of sync with those daydream chapters but then when the main Halloween
Sarah Marie
3 stars. I enjoyed the twist on this. Review to come.
lol Really? Two of the kids aren't even human? This book was just ridiculous. Funny but stupid.
Jennifer Love
Short, sweet and a classic old school holiday treat.
Bill Khaemba
Pure Nostalgia, Fun Exciting and Just Classic R.L. Stine Plot twist

Tho the kids were annoying, the story was fun and I will always feel happy when I revisit these books....
Oct 18, 2016 Noah rated it it was amazing
This Book Was A Very Nice Story,A Mix Of Anger,Revenge And Of Course A Twist.The Book Ended On A Crazy Note With Some Very Great Friends.So Great Book In All Would Recommend.
Jan 09, 2017 Hilary rated it did not like it
Attack of the Jack-O'-Lanterns was a bit too much of a children's book for me to find entertaining. In R.L. Stine's words, it was "babyish." The plot was very superficial, the actions frankly ridiculous, scares nonexistent, and twist nonsensical. It was a mess of a book, an I'm surprised that there are people out there who really got into it. I mean... the Creature of this book is essentially this:

A group of kids obsessed with Halloween have, for the past two years, been shown up by two other
Apr 29, 2013 Jay rated it it was ok
Before rereading the Goosebumps books, if you would have asked me to rank them, "Attack of the Jack-O-Lanterns" would probably have been in the top-five, maybe the top-three. All these years later, I remember it as being one of my favorites. Strangely, I didn't remember anything about this book. So does it remain one of the best?

The plot is Drew, Walker, Shane, and Shana are tired of being pranked by Tabitha and Lee. So this Halloween, they decide to come up with the best prank ever. But when Dr
Mar 24, 2014 Jomaury rated it really liked it
Have you ever wanted revenge so bad that you'll do anything to do it? But it also turns out weird? This book is fiction because it's a complete made up book that can totally not be real.I thought it was good because it had me hooked for a long time.****spoiler alert****** Drews friends shane and shana are aliens from another planet that were the ones behind the pumpkin costumes.

The setting starts off in Drews house(the main character).Drew wanted revenge from tabby and lee because of the horrib
Billie Pritchett
Sep 08, 2016 Billie Pritchett rated it liked it
I had such fond memories of Attack of the Jack-O'-Lanterns when I was young, but I was also either a fifth-grader or early middle-schooler, so I may very well have decided it was one of my favorites because of the cover. What we have in this story is a girl named Drew who gets picked on by a couple of bullies from school. On Halloween night, she vows to scare the pants off of those bullies.

I think the distance of time had shrouded this book in a kind of high regard that I ought not have had for
Adan Ramie
Mar 20, 2016 Adan Ramie rated it liked it
My quibble with the main character, Drew, is that she has a huge chip on her shoulder.

Her dad calls her Elf, because with her pixie cut, pointy ears, and pointy chin, she resembles one. But that’s not the only thing that leaves her growling (yes, growling – she does it excessively).

These two kids from her school, Tabby and Lee, are always wrecking her plans or teasing her and her friends. They have buddies in high school who like to help them terrorize kids in their grade, and they use them at a
Ashley Greenway
Nov 16, 2015 Ashley Greenway rated it it was ok
I haven't picked up a Goosebumps book in years. I am in the process of building up a library and when my bookstore had this marked down I decided to pick it up.
I remember the books being pretty creepy as a kid (nothing as creepy as the tv show's intro) and so I thought it would be worth some entertainment.
If i was going on writing and story alone I would give it a 3.5 or so. It was entertaining and kept me guessing. Then you get to the end. I won't spoil it but like many Goosebumps books it just
Sydney Christopher
Sep 12, 2009 Sydney Christopher rated it it was ok
I actually destinctly remember having this book on my little desk in 3rd grade, and knowing that there's probably a better book out there to read, but that this book should do. I remember reading the story about the kids, pulling a prank on jerks, but actually turning inot creppy walking jack-o-lanterns. i remember I chose this book to read because Halloween was coming soon. *sigh*. But i gave it 2 stars because I also remember skipping most of the middle just because i was bored of the Hallowee ...more
Mar 04, 2015 Jerome rated it liked it
A somewhat clever and enjoyable Goosebumps tale. A twelve-year-old girl with the unlikely name of Drew plans to get back at her tormentors Lee and Tabby (Tabby?). Drew and her friends plan a Halloween prank until stories begin circulating about townspeople disappearing. Eventually, ghost-like creatures with jack-o-lantern heads show up and force the kids into trick-or-treating, eating all the candy they collect, and then start over again. Real evil, right?

As it turns out, the creatures are actua
Mar 26, 2012 Sammi rated it really liked it
I really liked this Goosebumps installment... It was definitely weird and wacky... and the twist ending was pretty morbid. "Attack of the Jack-o-Lanterns" is about a girl named Drew and her friends that want to give two bullies, Tabby and Lee, a good Halloween scare. For years, Tabby and Lee have been scaring them silly... but this year will be different. This time, Drew has chilling plans... that involve fire-breathing pumpkin heads! Will Drew finally get her revenge on Tabby and Lee? Read to f ...more
Greg Kerestan
Jan 24, 2016 Greg Kerestan rated it it was ok
This book was released originally after I had given up on Goosebumps as a kid. Revisiting these books with the "Blogger Beware" web site as an adult, my criteria for judging these often shoddy books is simple: if it contains at least one scene or image that genuinely lodges in the mind, it's a good one. If it's instantly forgettable, it's a bad one. Luckily, despite being 99% filler like most of these, the climactic scene of children held hostage by jack o'lantern creatures and forced to trick o ...more
Source: I borrowed this book online via Openlibrary.
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Title: Attack of the Jack-O-Lanterns
Series: Goosebumps #48
Author: RL Stine
Overall Rating: 3 stars

I liked Drew, Drew had a personality. And she was a female?! Phew, we are breaking gender barriers ft. RL Stine and middle grade horror. I love it, I love when authors give females a personality.

I might be getting a bit cynical...
Oct 18, 2015 Ashlee rated it did not like it
There is a reason adults shouldn't read or review these books. They are fairly awful. Repetitive to a fault. Not terribly original. I couldn't even determine if the character was male or female for a good portion of the book. My kid, who is pre-reading age, also wasn't very impressed. He chose charlottes web for our next book. I'm glad for that. I don't think I can handle much more of this style of writing.
Dustin Spencer
Jul 24, 2015 Dustin Spencer rated it really liked it
I loved this one. I think its cause I love Halloween and it made me remember the days of me going trick 'r treating and what not.
I noticed the hypocrisy of the characters, they wanted to prank someone back after they were pranked and felt like it was the wrong way to go about it, but yet, they do the same thing and expect it to be okay.
And that ending seemed to have come out of nowhere.
Teri Gorleski
Oct 25, 2011 Teri Gorleski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Teri by: any one who likes goose bumps
Shelves: fantasy
Drews favorite holiday Is Halloween.when they go trick or treating the go to a strange town.When they bump into jack o latrens and say that they can not leave they must trick or treat forever.they can not not escape the horror of the jack o lanterns.They found that their friends had scared them.There were aleins.Drews friend knew that they were aleins but she told Drew. Drew was pretty curious how did they scare them.Read if you dare....... by Matthew
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