"The Haunted House Game" is the fifth short story in the book Even More Tales to Give You Goosebumps.


Two children, Jonathan and his best friend Nadine are babysitting his twin siblings, Noah and Annie. As it is a dark and stormy night, Jonathan suggests that they play a game titled, "Haunted House Game" though Nadine wishes to play Parcheesi. But Jonathan refuses, because ghosts are not involved in Parcheesi.

They begin to play the board game, but soon learn that each command they land on comes true. Such as "Wind rattles the window", "You hear eerie moan", "lightning crashes", and so on.

Eventually, Jonathan lands on the "SCARED TO DEATH" spot and the lights go out, the kids see ghostly hands, and everyone starts screaming. Jonathan goes to run out the door and comes across a newspaper from 1942 and reads the front page story: "4 KIDS DIE IN MYSTERIOUS DEATH. Police were completely baffled when they found four kids dead, seated at a table where they apparently had been playing a board game. "It looked to me as if they were scared to death!" declared one police officer." He suddenly remembers that they died years ago and keep forgetting about it. Jonathan then goes back into the room with no memory of what he saw, suggests they play Haunted House, and they have the same conversation they did in the very beginning.

Television adaptation

"The Haunted House Game" was adapted into an episode of the Goosebumps TV series. It is the tenth episode of season three, and the fifty-fourth episode overall.


  • This short story is very similar to the 1981 fantasy children's picture book, Jumanji and the 1995 film of the same name.