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Fan Theories About 'Goosebumps'

Updated January 22, 2019 702 votes 114 voters 3.4k views11 items

List RulesVote up the most plausible 'Goosebumps' fan theories.

Goosebumps terrified a generation of '90s kids, but the series was incredibly popular. Producers even decided R.L. Stine's original episodes should be made into cinematic features, and of course the 2015 original film and 2018 sequel resulted in a plethora of Goosebumps fan theories. 

Some of the fan suspicions have merit, but others are rather bizarre. A few people, for example, believe Jack Black's character in the film isn't even real. Stine loves to scare and confuse people, though. So who knows - maybe these fan theories are more plausible than not.

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    R.L. Stine's Typewriter Is The Haunted Typewriter From 'The Blob That Ate Everyone'

    In the book and TV episode, The Blob That Ate Everyone, a kid named Zach finds a haunted typewriter that makes everything he writes come true. One Goosebumps fan theory suggests that typewriter is the same one the fictional R.L. Stine (Jack Black) uses in the film.

    The old-timey writing device also aleegedly typed the manuscript pages that fly out of R. L. Stine's suitcase in the original Goosebumps intro sequence.

    Is this believable?
  • 2

    Hannah Is R.L. Stine's Real Daughter

    Readers eventually realize R.L. Stine's character, Hannah Fairchild, in The Ghost Next Door book is really an apparition. She became a ghost after a tragic fire destroyed her entire family. A former Redditor doesn't buy that story, though. They argue:

    [Hannah is R.L. Stine's] daughter, and she died. So he made a book to bring her back and live with him. Now he keeps people away so nobody will learn their secret.

    Is this believable?
  • 3

    R.L. Stine Created Hannah Because He Wanted A Daughter

    In the first Goosebumps film, R.L. Stine lives like a bachelor. And Redditor /u/Harry_Pott.. believes the character is very lonely. The fan suggests Stine wanted a child and accordingly wrote Hannah's tragic backstory with the intention of bringing her to life.

    Is this believable?
  • 4

    Slappy Has Dopplegangers

    Slappy the Dummy seems able to teleport in the 2015 Goosebumps movie, but his character doesn't have any teleportation powers in R. L. Stine's original books. However, some fans believe the puppet appears to travel so quickly because there are actually mulptiple versions of him. Redditor /u/Ewrm explains:

    My theory is that there are two others in the room with [Slappy] - the Invisible Boy and another Slappy. In the real world, Slappy, in some form or another, appears in 10 different Goosebumps books, so it's not unreasonable to assume there is more than one incarnation of the villain. When he is free, he releases the other two, who of course require the key to escape (for some reason), so he can perform his magic act to scare the heroes or possibly buy some time when confronted. The other Slappy could also help when rounding up and leading the other monsters to target Stine or the school dance at the film's climax.

    Is this believable?