The Haunting Hour

We're on a bit of an R.L. Stine kick here. We've been binge-watching The Haunting Hour on Netflix, and this book is like reading a bunch of episodes in story form. I think the style and content are on more of a middle school level than the Goosebumps books. As an adult, I preferred these stories because I feel there is usually a bit of filler in the Goosebumps chapter books and with these short stories it is all action and twists. My 12yo did too as he is now pretty well versed in all the middle-grade spooky fiction that is available.

We especially liked the story of the babysitter who made mud cookies that were, in fact, voodoo dolls. Other big hits here were the stories- "The Halloween Dance" and "The Mummy's Dream".  If you are familiar with his writing there isn't anything new exactly- but we enjoyed reading the short stories as time allowed.

We'll see how long this spooky kick lasts, but if we're still into it I'm planning on reading a few of  The Nightmare Room and Fear Street series next.

We borrowed this book from the Chicago Public Library to read and review this week.

The Haunting Hour By R.L. Stine


Jennifer Naughton

I'm a lifelong bibliophile who happens to love children's books and who should have become a librarian. Instead I horde books in case of apocalypse or the enactment of a Fahrenheit 451 type law. My five kids accept my addiction and have learned to accept books in odd places.