Face to Face with a nightmare!”
The Haunted Mask (Goosebumps #11) by R.L Stine is a middle-grade horror novel about a girl named Carly who gets picked on for being a chicken-shit. Tired of everyone always mocking her, she decides that for Halloween she is going to get the scariest costume around and scare everyone else for a change.
While I was reading this instalment, the biggest thing that popped out at me was the fact that there was an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that was eerily similar to this, although the episode was much more entertaining because it had Spike and Angel being totally cute and badass.
Anyhoo, while I liked this volume, I didn’t feel like it was the most brilliant of the series so far. It entertained me with some of the cheesy olden-time insults and classic costumes, however it does start to drag in some parts, making it feel longer than it needed to be. I also didn’t care for Carly’s tendency to get scared all of the effing time. It becomes annoying super-fast.
All in all, it’s a good, classic type of Halloween tale and scare, but it’s about as average as you can possibly get. It’ll make for a decent spoopy books for young readers.