Published by Scholastic Inc on September 1st 1993
Genre: Young Adult
Challenge Theme: A book about or set on Halloween
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Trick or treat! (And the trick is not to die….)
Everyone at McKinley High dreams about Halloween. The A-plus parties, the creepy costumes — it’s a blast. Everyone, that is, except Brenda Morgan. For Brenda, Halloween is a total nightmare.
Every year, something terrifying happens to her. Like someone smearing blood all over her bedroom wall. Or her friend stabbing her in the back — literally.
It’s almost like Halloween night is cursed for Brenda. And unfortunately, October 31 is just around the corner….
Let me start by saying I grew up reading Goosebumps and Fear Street books. Both were staples of my childhood. I still have about 20 Fear Street books that, as an adult, I still enjoy reading from time to time. With that being said this book was just stupid. The edition I had was both books of the series and they were both equally bad. It was pretty much the same story told twice, just different characters and a slightly different twist, if you even want to call it that. Brenda is clearly an idiot who is not good at picking friends or boyfriends. Halley is just an awful person. Brenda’s parents are blindly loyal to their niece rather than their daughter. If I had to chose I would say the second book was slightly better than the first but like I said they were both pretty terrible. I gave it 2 stars instead of one just because I really do love R.L. Stine and will just have to forgive him for these books.