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TAKE A RIDE IF YOU DARE... Late one night you and your friends visit the old fairgrounds. They're putting up rides and booths for the annual carnival. But this year things look really different. Really odd. Really scary. The place is lit up by a hundred fiery torches. And spooky music is coming from the main tent. Then you meet Big Al, the creepy carnival manager. He's invi TAKE A RIDE IF YOU DARE... Late one night you and your friends visit the old fairgrounds. They're putting up rides and booths for the annual carnival. But this year things look really different. Really odd. Really scary. The place is lit up by a hundred fiery torches. And spooky music is coming from the main tent. Then you meet Big Al, the creepy carnival manager. He's invited you in to test some of the rides. Will you brave the terrifying Supersonic Space Coaster? Risk the horrors of the Reptile Petting Zoo? Slice through the oily waters of Booger Bog? Or confront the evil Snake Lady? The choice is yours in this scary GOOSEBUMPS adventure that's packed with over 20 super spooky endings. Readers beware—you choose the scare! GIVE YOURSELF GOOSEBUMPS


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TAKE A RIDE IF YOU DARE... Late one night you and your friends visit the old fairgrounds. They're putting up rides and booths for the annual carnival. But this year things look really different. Really odd. Really scary. The place is lit up by a hundred fiery torches. And spooky music is coming from the main tent. Then you meet Big Al, the creepy carnival manager. He's invi TAKE A RIDE IF YOU DARE... Late one night you and your friends visit the old fairgrounds. They're putting up rides and booths for the annual carnival. But this year things look really different. Really odd. Really scary. The place is lit up by a hundred fiery torches. And spooky music is coming from the main tent. Then you meet Big Al, the creepy carnival manager. He's invited you in to test some of the rides. Will you brave the terrifying Supersonic Space Coaster? Risk the horrors of the Reptile Petting Zoo? Slice through the oily waters of Booger Bog? Or confront the evil Snake Lady? The choice is yours in this scary GOOSEBUMPS adventure that's packed with over 20 super spooky endings. Readers beware—you choose the scare! GIVE YOURSELF GOOSEBUMPS

30 review for Escape from the Carnival of Horrors

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ritika Chhabra

    Follow Just A Girl High On Books for more reviews. And finally, after going through this plethora of endings made by Stine, I finally finished reading Escape from the Carnival of Horrors, the first book in the Give Yourself Goosebumps series. I have to admit, reading it on my Kindle was a rather hard task. I would have much preferred having a physical copy, considering how it is easy to hold the pages in my hand then. (It's just a habit I picked up from when I was a kid and lacked bookmarks. I wo Follow Just A Girl High On Books for more reviews. And finally, after going through this plethora of endings made by Stine, I finally finished reading Escape from the Carnival of Horrors, the first book in the Give Yourself Goosebumps series. I have to admit, reading it on my Kindle was a rather hard task. I would have much preferred having a physical copy, considering how it is easy to hold the pages in my hand then. (It's just a habit I picked up from when I was a kid and lacked bookmarks. I would hold the pages in between my fingers and hold the book from my other hand. Dangerous, in case the book tears up but pretty effective otherwise.) So I guess I'll hold on reading the second one until I return home because I have a copy over there. Anyway, Escape from the Carnival of Horrors is about a Carnival of Horrors that occurs every year in different towns and places. Any kid who enters inside has until midnight to leave. And if one doesn't, then that kid will be stuck inside forever. So naturally, if there is a carnival like that, me and my friends just have to venture in, don't we? Despite knowing that barring one, all the endings are going to result in our deaths. Reading this book was rejuvenating because I remembered all those times that I read such books as a kid. However, the thing about reading it this time was that I was getting more and more irritated as time passed. I guess I'm not as good with "Choose Your Own Adventure" books as I was once before. Or maybe it was just because I was reading everything on the Kindle. Whatever the reason be, there was definitely something here and I didn't very much like it. Plus, I also found the writing to be a little cheesy as compared to the other Goosebumps books. It was as if the same guy didn't even write them! Can it be possible, or is this just my mind overthinking the "how I hate Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books"? But, I don't know, it kind of felt like the options given to me weren't really options. So for example, choosing an option based on the day of the way or based on a number of based on right or left doesn't really satisfy to me as an option. It may satisfy an eight year old but I would still not recommend reading it with them. The choices make sense if there are actual choices to make. Isn't that the main point of a "Choose Your Own Adventure" book? P.S. I did like the references to the other Goosebumps books so maybe that was a plus because it got the nerdy fan in me giggling like a little girl again.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mikayla

    As good as they ever were when I was a kid. I can recommend to all kids 8 and above.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rita

    I remember reading through all of the Goosebumps book as a kid in elementary school and loving them. Recently I find myself looking for the "Give Yourself Goosebumps" series whenever I am at a book sale or used book store, as they are out of print, but with no luck. Thankfully I came across some recently at a flea market and decided to pick this one up and take it home with me. I was worried that the writing would be overly cheesy and hardly as nerve-wracking as I remembered it as a kid and did I remember reading through all of the Goosebumps book as a kid in elementary school and loving them. Recently I find myself looking for the "Give Yourself Goosebumps" series whenever I am at a book sale or used book store, as they are out of print, but with no luck. Thankfully I came across some recently at a flea market and decided to pick this one up and take it home with me. I was worried that the writing would be overly cheesy and hardly as nerve-wracking as I remembered it as a kid and did not have time to flip through it as the flea market stand was packing up to leave to deliberate on if I wanted more than just this one book. However I played through this book with my boyfriend, it was amazing how enamored I still was with the dialogue and the number of paths available to follow. Not the mention, the storyline wasn't sugar-coated at all, still instilling horror and chills in the reader as your slowly choose your own fate (most likely one that doesn't end up all biscuits and gravy). I'd say for not remembering much of what the series actually entailed, this book was thoroughly amusing to read and, just like when I was a kid, really interesting to go through all different possibilities of how the story will end. There was definitely some nostalgia attached to my amusement, but I'd say this series would be great for kids, as long as they aren't easily frightened.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Krystal

    Errrrrr look I was never good at Choose Your Own Adventures because I'd always get scared of picking the wrong thing and then I'd get all embarrassed when I did and I'd pretend I hadn't made the wrong choice and hoped no one noticed. Clearly I was a weird kid. Anyway, this series was never as good for me as the straight up stories. I guess it just wasn't my thing. *shrugs*

  5. 5 out of 5

    Fadoua ϟ

    Cool concept . You start the book then you have to make a choice and every choice takes you to a certain page and you basically create your own fate, that is ending of the story . There are over twenty endings !

  6. 4 out of 5

    itchy

    whoa, nice!

  7. 4 out of 5

    MeguTezu

    Read this with my best friend and we literally screamed in the library and got scolded LOL

  8. 4 out of 5

    Steven Thielking

    I remember reading the ever loving crap of this growing up and going on a choose your own adventure binge.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Charles

    Stuff I Read – Escape from the Carnival of Horrors by R L Stine Review So I picked this up to read with my partner, because it seems like such a great idea to read a choose your own adventure aloud with booze involved. And I have the entire first series of Goosebumps and most of the Give Yourself Goosebumps line of books, of which this is the first. So indeed, some beer in hand, me and my partner decided to sit down and play through some endings. And I must say, this is not very good. I mean, as Stuff I Read – Escape from the Carnival of Horrors by R L Stine Review So I picked this up to read with my partner, because it seems like such a great idea to read a choose your own adventure aloud with booze involved. And I have the entire first series of Goosebumps and most of the Give Yourself Goosebumps line of books, of which this is the first. So indeed, some beer in hand, me and my partner decided to sit down and play through some endings. And I must say, this is not very good. I mean, as far as choose your own adventures go, this might be fine, as it does provide a lot of different options and various endings. But there is something strange about a lot of the options, in that they aren’t really options. I suppose it’s possible that this is meant to make it different from other, normal choose your own adventures, but it really made parts of this book frustrating, even with booze. On the other hand, I’m a fan of the Goosebumps series, having learned to read thanks to these books, and so it’s difficult not to look at this not through the rose tinted glasses of nostalgia. The basic premise, that you and some friends jump a fence into a carnival and find yourselves in some “terrifying” circumstances, is fair enough. There is that supernatural quality to it, and it allows the book to homage some other great carnival clichés. And there are some varied options to take, either with your friends or by flying solo for most of the time, though there are times when you are forced to either be with or apart from your friends. And the various resolutions were okay, though as with many choose your own stories, the options didn’t always make sense for what the consequences are. And, again, the biggest problem that I had with this was that there were far too many non-options that were disguised as legitimate “choices.” Deciding right or left when there is no way to discern which might lead to a better outcome, is not really satisfying. Similarly, having options like “point randomly on this wheel” or “what day of the week is it” or “how much do you weigh” don’t do much to make things move along in a satisfying manner. It’s all too frustrating, too up to things that have nothing to do with choice, and smack a bit of running out of ideas and so not wanting to give the reader too many options. Which is a bit a shame, and probably due in large part to this being written for children. Like them, though, the best option is to basically pick “wrong” and then just lie to “choose” the “right” path. And that’s just a bit too much. This wasn’t a terrible read, though, and had a bit of a Something Wicked This Way Comes vibe to parts of it. It also references other Goosebumps stories, like Monster Blood and Night of the Living Dummy, which was nice and made the Goosebumps fan in me nerd out a little bit. That said, there aren’t all that many “good” endings. I know that’s on purpose, because the “good” endings are supposed to be more difficult to find, but it was a little disheartening that even many of the “good” endings weren’t really all that good, that they involved rampant destruction or some messing up of space and time. Still, my partner found probably the best option out of everything, and I found one that left everything a smoldering crater. So I guess we both won. And in the end, it was still kind of fun to do, more so because of the drinking but still a fun and rather enjoyable time. The writing is light and definitely for kids, and it’s cliché and rather groan-worthy at time for some of the jokes and some of the things that are supposed to be scary. As an adult reading this I can’t help but be a bit disappointed that the magic here is gone a little. Not that all of it is. I mean, I have gone back and read some of the original Goosebumps and some of them do hold up well. This one just doesn’t do all that well, and so I must give it a 4.5/10.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Anjelica Spanu

    Amazing and super fun/creepy

  11. 5 out of 5

    C.W. Ashley

    The first book I ever read all by myself. I have to be honest, it's almost impossible for me to give an impartial review as this was such a formative part of my childhood. My obsession with roleplaying and interactive media was shaped by the give yourself goosebumps books, and this was my first one! The magic of R.L. Stine is that he understands scary. Classic, good old fashioned, panic, suspense and supernatural terror. Even though this book is aimed at children it's impossible not to feel a few The first book I ever read all by myself. I have to be honest, it's almost impossible for me to give an impartial review as this was such a formative part of my childhood. My obsession with roleplaying and interactive media was shaped by the give yourself goosebumps books, and this was my first one! The magic of R.L. Stine is that he understands scary. Classic, good old fashioned, panic, suspense and supernatural terror. Even though this book is aimed at children it's impossible not to feel a few chills even as an adult. This book is masterpiece of the choose your own adventure genre, though simple. EVERY choice feels like an investment, your logical adult mind wrestles with your inner curious 11 year old and the feeling is amazing. I cannot recommend enough.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kavya agarwal

    i think this book seriously is totally scary and it has given me GOOSEBUMPS

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kyky

    This spooky story will really give you goosebumps. The first time I read this I got blasted of to space.

  14. 4 out of 5

    William

    my favourite part was when my favourite monster monster blood did something good by leting them escape.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Galaxy Boy

    Blah blah blah blah I don't care

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Spencer

    Escape from Carnival of Horrors Plot: Me and two friends of mine Patti and Brad are bored so we decide (that is Patty decides) to bike over to Bennett field and watch them set up for the carnival. (Even tho last year it was lame). We made it there and the gate is locked. I decide to go over the fence. (The trick about these stories is they’re gonna eventually send you in the direction THEY want you go anyway. Why fight it?) It seems like the carnival has stepped up it’s game and there are all the Escape from Carnival of Horrors Plot: Me and two friends of mine Patti and Brad are bored so we decide (that is Patty decides) to bike over to Bennett field and watch them set up for the carnival. (Even tho last year it was lame). We made it there and the gate is locked. I decide to go over the fence. (The trick about these stories is they’re gonna eventually send you in the direction THEY want you go anyway. Why fight it?) It seems like the carnival has stepped up it’s game and there are all these amazing rides. The lot even looks bigger. But there’s this sinister music coming from somewhere. (Not a good sign.) Staring at a sign for a Freak Show (what a coincidence at the moment I’m watching American Horror Story Season 4. Guess what it’s about? A FREAK SHOW), a large man stops us and says… He wants us to try out the rides before the Carnival opens. This man is Big Al who’s over the carnival. He hands us 3 maps and tells us if we have questions ask. But before we can he vanishes. My Thoughts: I don’t know. I’ve been reading these GYG books and other than the one with finding the ghost’s head before the tombstone’s rearrange themselves they all feel like no matter what ending you get it’s just not enough. And mine end before the story ever really get’s anywhere. Much like my life the story is over before it really begins. I tried 4 different directions in this one. (VERSION 1) I visited a Fortune teller. She had me choose 2 cards. The one I choose (blue) was a plea to save the Freaks (which ironically at the time I was watching AHS Season 4 which was about Freaks). But then the lights went out and everything disappeared. So, I attempt to help them but when I find them (locked up in cages) I have to run from Big Al (because he might just decide to lock us up). Basically, he tracks me down and I end up a human dart board. When I come to from passing out I’m one of the freaks. Me and Patti and Brad are someone (glued? Taped?) together and we’re the Amazing Triplets. Which isn’t the worst ending because if I learned anything from MH and AHS it’s PRIDE in being a freak. And then aren’t we all freaks in some way or the other? (VERSION 2) This was the shortest ending of all. I pass on the Roller Coaster (stay FAR away from the things IRL) cross a bridge because I’d rather go to the House of Horrors and the bridge gives way. (Not even a interesting ending). (VERSION 3) I’m trapped in a maze of mirrors and the floor gives way. I wind up a human ping pong ball of a creepy man called Dr. Frank N Stone and his assistants (MEH). That ending just feels LAME! They could have done something with that. It’s not even GB worthy. The last version 4 I guess was my favorite because it was at least humorous. I took the boat ride of no return and was rescued by a monster that said SAVE YOU? YEAH ILL SAVE YOU FOR DESSERT! In a Slytherin kind of way I found that amusing. But half the time these endings are short and leave a lot to be desired. And this one (concept) had SO MUCH potential. It’s a EVIL CARNIVAL! For what it gave, I just wanted more than what I got! RATING: 5

  17. 5 out of 5

    Manali Chakraborty

    R.L Stine Give Yourself Goosebumps Series is something you can't ignore if you love horror stories. Well, talking about my choices in this book- hmm I was pretty good at it, as my story had an happy ending at a first try. Well I have read Goosebumps since I was in 7th Std. It's an interesting book which is going to give you chills and sometimes you will really think you going to die as your heartbeat gets fast. It happens with me and I am not exaggerating. I almost refrained to read the next pag R.L Stine Give Yourself Goosebumps Series is something you can't ignore if you love horror stories. Well, talking about my choices in this book- hmm I was pretty good at it, as my story had an happy ending at a first try. Well I have read Goosebumps since I was in 7th Std. It's an interesting book which is going to give you chills and sometimes you will really think you going to die as your heartbeat gets fast. It happens with me and I am not exaggerating. I almost refrained to read the next page because I thought I will die and I have to start again. But luckily that didn't happen. I escaped from the carnival. Reading this is worth it. Well, I again tried to go through the stories by making different choices. That was fun! Better than binge watching....just kidding! I myself do it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Chloe

    This was SO MUCH FUN. I read this purely out of nostalgic curiosity and it did NOT disappoint. It’s been years since I’ve picked up a Goosebumps book, and for some random reason the idea just struck me one day and I had to get my hands on one! I was really excited specifically for this one because of its ‘choose your own adventure’ element and it was just so fun. It was incredibly easy to read (I mean, it is for children) but it was also lighthearted and even scary at certain points! I’d laugh a This was SO MUCH FUN. I read this purely out of nostalgic curiosity and it did NOT disappoint. It’s been years since I’ve picked up a Goosebumps book, and for some random reason the idea just struck me one day and I had to get my hands on one! I was really excited specifically for this one because of its ‘choose your own adventure’ element and it was just so fun. It was incredibly easy to read (I mean, it is for children) but it was also lighthearted and even scary at certain points! I’d laugh at some endings and then really love some others. Ugh, this was just a delight. Now I just need to get more!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gabriella

    While I definately enjoyed running through the options the first few times to see whether i would survive or not, it slowly became tedious trying to remember what i had done before. I will applaud R.L. Stine's creativity and the fun links back to the origional carnival of doom, making it difficult to find an answer that is right. I found myself stuck a few times going back and forth in endless loops which was a pleasant surprise as many of these adventure books don't do that. Yet i found i could While I definately enjoyed running through the options the first few times to see whether i would survive or not, it slowly became tedious trying to remember what i had done before. I will applaud R.L. Stine's creativity and the fun links back to the origional carnival of doom, making it difficult to find an answer that is right. I found myself stuck a few times going back and forth in endless loops which was a pleasant surprise as many of these adventure books don't do that. Yet i found i couldn't get the motivation to find all the endings.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Beth Monk

    The concept of this book is interesting, you choose your path. Unfortunately I just found it irritating jumping from page to page, I found I couldn't really get into the story and didn't find myself being immersed. I usually enjoy R.L.Stine's work but this style isn't for me

  21. 5 out of 5

    paige turner ♡

    My first attempt at this choose your own adventure time. I ended up on page 73 where I was turned into a ghost. I had a lot of fun with it. I may try another attempt at a later date, but for now, I did not escape from the carnival of horrors.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Travis Sutton

    I love these books! I don't care what anyone says, these are so much fun. Some of the endings in this one truly made me laugh out loud. There's also a a few references to the Goosebumps original series which was cool to see.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ava Clarke

    It wasn't really a good 😊 book 📚 but it was ok 👌

  24. 5 out of 5

    Molinda Prey

    Lesson learnt: If you read choose your own adventure books, do not mark all the pages that have choices but read until you reach one ending and start all over again.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    lmao really enjoyed rereading this aloud. it was a hilarious and spooky adventure.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jamahl Bennier

    Ahh, this brings back memories! The scary choose-your-own-adventure books. Such a fun read. But I never survive.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    GYGB Are all fun

  28. 4 out of 5

    Avalon Roselin

    Not my favorite entry in this series, but still entertaining at a party!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jerry Binder

    R.L. Stine single-handedly made me fall in love with Choose Your Own Adventure novels. I wouldn't recommend this for adults, but as a kid, this series and "Wizards, Warriors, & You" were awfully fun. R.L. Stine single-handedly made me fall in love with Choose Your Own Adventure novels. I wouldn't recommend this for adults, but as a kid, this series and "Wizards, Warriors, & You" were awfully fun.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Byram

    Read this when I was a child, spooky book.

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