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The Haunted Mask: 04/15/14

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The Haunted Mask by R.L. Stine is part of a new Goosebumps books featuring an evil greek mask.

The book opens in a costume shop. The owner, a skilled mask maker, adores making costumes for children, especially for Halloween. As he's working on some bat masks, he's visited by a long lost brother, who has arrived with an evil and an unwanted surprise. The evil mask is back and the only way he can protect the world is to take it with him to his death!

The remainder of the book is divided into two Halloween night tales of horror. The first is about a girl who likes to scare her brother, and with the help of the mask, takes things too far. Besides nearly scaring him to death she ruins a Halloween party and nearly destroy's the house!

The second story follows a boy at a pumpkin patch where there's evil infesting the pumpkins. This story is my favorite part of the book. It's a typical Goosebumps where the parents are clueless, the most helpful ones are the most dangerous, and the main character has to do whatever it takes to stay alive.

The Haunted Mask is the most complex and darkest of the Goosebumps I've read.

Five stars

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