Stephanie Alpert is the second main protagonist in the thirty-seventh book, The Headless Ghost.
On Halloween, Stephanie was putting on her cat-like costume while her best friend, Duane Comack, waited outside her house. Then Stephanie tricked Duane by pretending to attack him. Duane was really impressed at Stephanie's costume and then Stephanie scared a group of trick-or-treaters, who ran off and dropped their candy in the process. Stephanie and Duane thought that was more fun than trick-or-treating, so they they spent the night scaring everyone else. Duane thought that was fun and Stephanie told her friend that they should do it every night, as it doesn't have to be Halloween to scare kids.
So after that, Stephanie and Duane became the Twin Terrors of Wheeler Falls, playing all sorts of pranks on kids at night, such as throwing fake spiders into bedrooms and putting gross things in mailboxes. And in the day, Stephanie and Duane caught the other kids checking to see if it was safe to come outside and they are too frightened to leave their houses at night. Stephanie and Duane are really proud of themselves about that. However, there is one place that they do not go to at night and that is Hill House, the most haunted house in Wheeler Falls, which is also a tourist attraction as it does tours. Stephanie and Duane have taken the tour many times with their favorite guide, Otto and they know many of the horrible stories Hill House holds, including how a thirteen-year-old boy named Andrew Craw had his head pulled off by the ghost of a sea captain and is now roaming around Hill House as a ghost, looking for his head. Because of all this, Stephanie and Duane found Hill House such awesome fun.
Stephanie was really into scary things such as Hill House and she really enjoyed being one of the Twin Terrors and scaring everyone else in Wheeler Falls and she was really proud that she made everyone else scared. She also enjoyed taking the tours at Hill House and she knew Otto's every word and move since she took the tour many times and Stephanie really believed the stories, which is why she and Duane took the tour often. Stephanie is more of a thrill-seeker than Duane and she comes up with an idea to make things even more fun. And once Stephanie has an idea, there is no stopping her. Stephanie is also pretty mischievous as she can't even resist playing tricks on Duane. There are moments though, when Stephanie got really scared herself such as when they got lost in Hill House, but then again, she would act like she enjoyed it. Stephanie is really good friends with Duane as they have a lot in common and after the encounter with The Headless Ghost, she has gone over the scary stuff and found other things to be interested in.
Stephanie is twelve years old, Caucasian, tall and thin with brown hair and brown eyes. She is a few inches taller than Duane because she has higher hair.
Television and Film
- Television series
- Andreanne Benidir (television series)
- Stephanie's actress, Andreanne Benidir, also played Jillian Zinman in Bride of the Living Dummy.