Goosebumps (1995–1998)
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The Haunted Mask: Part 1 

Carly Beth falls for every prank played on her. So on Halloween, she buys the scariest mask possible at an off limits room at an old store. However, little does she know that the mask has a mind of its own.


Timothy Bond


R.L. Stine (based on the books by), Billy Brown (executive story editor) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kathryn Long ... Carly Beth Caldwell
Colin Fox ... Tall Thin Man
Kathryn Short Kathryn Short ... Sabrina Mason
Brenda Bazinet ... Kate Caldwell
Cody Jones Cody Jones ... Noah Caldwell
George Kinamis George Kinamis ... Steve Boswell (as George Davis)
Amos Crawley ... Chuck Greene
Fielding Horan Fielding Horan ... Trick-or-Treater #1
Rider Johnson Rider Johnson ... Trick-or-Treater #2
Jesse Cairns Jesse Cairns ... Little Boy
Jennifer Pisana Jennifer Pisana ... Little Girl
Anne Marie DeLuise ... Mom (as Anne Marie Loder)
Quyen Hua Quyen Hua ... Oldest Girl
Alexander Broughton Alexander Broughton ... 1st Costumed Boy
Ryder Britton Ryder Britton ... 2nd Costumed Boy


Carly Beth Caldwell seems to be a target for nearly every joke played in her school. So one Halloween, Carly Beth decides to get revenge. She steals a new mask at a recently-opened store, in a off-limits room, much against the owner's consent. However, this scary new mask seems to be a little too scary, and Carly Beth is having trouble getting it off, leading her and her friend Sabrina to realize that the mask may have attached itself to Carly Beth's face. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

27 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Over 14 million people watched it when it first aired. See more »


Although the mask is supposed to be attached to Carly Beth's skin, the neck of the mask can be seen poking out of her shirt at several points in the episode. See more »


[first lines]
R.L. Stine: Hello. I'm R.L. Stine. I write the Goosebumps books. In a few minutes, you're going to see one of my favorite stories come alive. "The Haunted Mask" is a frightening Halloween story about a girl named Carly Beth. The horror begins when Carly Beth puts on the evil, haunted mask. And it ends when she discovers there is nothing more powerful than the love of her family and friends. What's so scary about that? You'll see. Viewers beware, you're in for a scare.
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Green blood drips down the screen in ending credits of every episode. See more »


Referenced in Goosebumps: A Shocker on Shock Street (1997) See more »


Goosebumps Theme
Performed by Jack Lenz
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It feels like you're watching a different show entirely
15 March 2016 | by david_hokey_16See all my reviews

So, I've seen this episode - as well as many of the Goosebumps episodes - many, many times. SO why am I just now reviewing this one? Well, I was putting together a list of the best episodes of the series and when I started with this one I just couldn't find enough space in my blurb to say why it is the best episode of the entire show. To begin with, this was the first episode I saw though I barely remember my first viewing because I was only 5 staying up late one night to catch the premiere. But, when you watch this episode and then begin watching the following episodes you feel as if you've just started watching a completely different show. Why? Because this episode itself is so magical, so well-acted, so well-written, so atmospheric that later episodes - which while many were good still could come off as corny - just couldn't compare. As children, we remember just about every episode to be creepy and fun. But as an adult when you go back and re-watch the most you feel is a tinge of nostalgia as you wince at just how bad some of the child actors were, how bad some of the lines were, and how cheesy some of the villains or stories were altogether. But not the Haunted Mask. It is as effective as ever. Kathryn's performance as timid Carly-Beth still manages to hold up. From her stuttering explanations at how she hates being scared, her revulsion at learning she was tricked into eating a worm and fleeing her laughing schoolmates, to her sinister behavior as the mask's influence begins to take hold. Throw in the scene when she realizes she can't take it off and her ultimate despair when the shopkeeper tells her that this is her new face and you'd think this young girl was gonna go places in the ways of acting. But it isn't just her performance, albeit amazing, that makes this episode so grand. The atmosphere is truly haunting. You actually begin to feel a sense of danger as the mask takes hold of Carly-Beth. The writing and directing are so well-done that you can easily empathize with her rather than write her off as a clichéd TV character, and that makes her descent into madness all the more haunting. It presents a story worth watching: one of a girl who grew to hate herself and wanted to be someone else only to realize that who she was before was the one that was truly loved and only that love can save her in the end. It was pretty heavy for a show aimed at children even within a horror setting. You'll also get in a few laughs as Carly-Beth's erratic behavior starts to border on sociopathic such as when she scares a group of trick-or-treaters and then begins to snicker in a way that is both eerie and somehow funny. My point is this: this was the first episode of the series and the first many people were introduced to and probably the most memorable, but that isn't why it is the best. There were many other great episodes that followed but they were great by Goosebumps standards. This episode is great by its own - not just as a Goosebumps episode but as a standalone television special. It doesn't fit in with the other episodes because they were so plainly obvious that they were low-budget made-for-children TV. The Haunted Mask feels like something else entirely and that makes it special.

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