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An Old Story 

Tom and Jon are surprised when their strange Aunt Dahlia arrives to look after them while their parents are on vacation. Their surprise turns to shock, though, when they realize what she has in store for them.

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Tom and Jon are surprised when their strange Aunt Dahlia arrives to look after them while their parents are on vacation. Their surprise turns to shock, though, when they realize what she has in store for them.

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Downes was in Goosebumps and Are You Afraid Of The Dark?. He was in The Tale Of The Forever Dice. See more »

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When Tom and Jon have grown older the next morning and are talking to Aunt Dahlia, she wears a headband with two straps hanging down over her right shoulder. The straps keep changing position between shots. See more »

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Green blood drips down the screen in ending credits of every episode. See more »

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References Goosebumps: Welcome to Camp Nightmare: Part 1 (1995) See more »

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Oh, those darn prunes!

'An Old Story' was one of the more weirder episodes of Goosebumps. Even as a little kid it didn't creep me out, but it is very funny and slightly disturbing.

Tom and John are two typical nineties kids; their parents are absent from the story (probably filing for divorce), they're addicted to this old-looking video game and don't seem to want to go outside and they're afraid of their own aunt, Aunt Dahlia, who has been sent to babysit them. She looks more like their grandmother and Mrs. Roper from Three's Company. Anyway, it turns out that the boys are right to be afraid of her... she bakes them prune cookies! Prunes, oh the horror! Overnight, after eating the cookies the boys end up nearly deaf, with failing memories, gray hair... hair falling out... and wrinkles. Good ol' Aunt Dahlia suggests that it might be whatever shampoo they're using.

As the episode progresses, Aunt Dahlia turns out to be a witch who is pimping her two nephews out to two little old ladies for money. Well, that is scary, but not in a haunted house-type way. It's wrong on so many levels. Nevertheless Tom and John manage to escape it.

Watching this episode as an adult, I've only just noticed the flaws in it. Tom and John are brothers but look nothing alike, no do either of them look like their aunt. They both dress like typical kids in the episode, but when they get old, suddenly their wardrobe changes to old man outfits from the fifties (did they steal their dad's pants so no one would recognize them?). This episode used to be really funny to me as a kid... now it just seems incredibly silly and lame. It is for kids though, not for adults, so most kids could still get a kick out of it.


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