Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018)


Critic Consensus: Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween offers a handful of treats for very young viewers, but compared to the entertaining original, this sequel is a ding dong to ditch.


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Slappy is back to wreak more havoc this Halloween in a brand-new comedy adventure based on R.L. Stine's 400-million-selling series of books.

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Critic Reviews for Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (14)

Yielding fewer jolts and giggles than its predecessor, the results play more like functionally programmed babysitting software than any work of the imagination.

Oct 17, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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This is a kid-friendly monster mash, but it's truly no graveyard smash.

Oct 15, 2018 | Full Review…

The cinematic equivalent of a fun-size candy bar.

Oct 12, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The safely scary and often amusing formula holds.

Oct 12, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

"Goosebumps 2" is a slapdash sequel to the 2015 hit, picking up with a new group of kids but carrying over the same sense of Halloween fun and mischief as the original.

Oct 12, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

It replicates the template and the atmosphere of the original, but it lacks invention and emotional investment.

Oct 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

The original Jack Black Goosebumps movie did not really impress me, and Haunted Halloween is actually fractionally worse. But I still stand by the idea of taking your kids to see monster movies.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

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Fairly weak, thin story which is basically a rehash of the first movie except with Halloween as the backdrop. Brief, unnecessary "cameo" by Jack Black. Kids may like it, but adults can feel the lack of respect for the adult audience this movie brings. Some standard CGI, which is no longer enough to justify the cost of admission. You need an actual story, characters, acting and then some good CGI is useful. But CGI alone, with a half-hearted story and a cameo by a "name" actor isn't enough to leave most people feeling bummed.

Mark Harper
Mark Harper

Super Reviewer

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