7 Goosebumps Books Set At Summer Camp

R.L. Stine’s popular Goosebumps series has been in the news this week with Jack Black reportedly signing on to star in a movie adaptation of the horror book series for kids that dates back to the early ’90s. Black will play an author named Mr. Shivers who discovers creatures he wrote in his scary stories coming to life. It’s not clear yet what books the creatures will be taken from but there’s a good chance there might be at least a cameo from one of the stories Stine has set at summer camp in the series.

Since releasing the first books in the series in 1992, Stine, who went to summer camp as a kid and co-wrote the book Cool Kids’ Guide to Summer Camp in 1986, has set seven of the books at summer camp.

Ghost Camp


Harry and his brother, Alex, are dying to fit in at Camp Spirit Moon, but the camp has so many weird traditions. Soon, what seem to be only practical jokes become too scary to explain.

The Horror At Camp Jellyjam


Camp Jellyjam is no ordinary sports camp. The counselors seem a little TOO happy. And why are they so obsessed with winning? It might have something to do with the hideous, slimy discovery lurking in the darkness….

Escape From Camp Run-For-Your Life


In a story with more than 20 possible endings, readers attend a summer sports camp called Camp Running Leaf that turns out to be run by alien invaders. 

The Curse of Camp Cold Lake


Camp is supposed to be fun, but Sarah hates Camp Cold Lake. The lake is gross and slimy. And she’s having a little trouble with her bunkmates. They hate her.

So Sarah comes up with a plan. She’ll pretend to drown — then everyone will feel sorry for her.

Welcome to Camp Nightmare


The food isn’t great. The counselors are a little strange. And the camp director seems demented. Billy can handle all that. But then strange things start to happen after dark, his parents won’t answer his letters, and his fellow campers start to disappear. What’s going on? Camp Nightmoon is turning into Camp Nightmare! And Billy might be next.

Welcome to Camp Slither


Twelve-year-old Boone and his sister Heather love animals of every kind. That’s why they wanted to come to Camp Hither. The wild legends of man-eating snakes and disappearing campers are hisss-terical! But Camp Hither has a cold-blooded secret: Somebody has unleashed a hungry horde of slithery snakes!

Return to Ghost Camp


Camp Spirit Moon is full of traditions that keep kids coming back – or never leaving at all. Like the legend of the Snatcher, an evil phantom disguised like a fox who snatches one camper every year…

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at Tangzine.com and MatthewRalph.com. I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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