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Despite occasionally writing about the franchise when something newsworthy has happened over the past few years, I didn't realize how powerful R.L. Stine's Goosebumps was until fairly recently. With our girls now 6 & 9, they've discovered the spooky world of Goosebumps, first through the 1990s television series which has been available on Netflix. But earlier this year, a neighbor started placing some of the original, 400-million-selling books from Scholastic into the Simplay3 Neighborhood Sharing Library that I installed in our yard last year. Goosebumps became a staple of the heavy reading rotation, and eventually they checked out the 2015 film that was inspired by that world. All that said, the timing of Sony Pictures' Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween couldn't be better, and the fact that I was invited to host a Chicago-area advance screening of the film was absolutely perfect... a first-hand example of just how powerful the Goosebumps franchise really is. And Haunted Halloween? It's primed to be a perennial favorite - a new Halloween classic that's going to surprise a lot of people.

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Chicagoland friends - Get ready to celebrate Halloween early! Sony Pictures and The Rock Father™ Magazine invite you to join us for a special advance screening of Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween! The screening will take place at 12pm on Sunday, October 7 at the Hollywood Blvd. Cinemas in Woodridge, Illinois. Hosted by yours truly, The Rock Father, kids are invited to wear costumes and get into the Halloween spirit. You must claim your FREE family 4-pack of tickets via the Sony Screenings website (while supplies last). Based on Scholastic's best-selling books by author R.L. Stine, Goosesbumps 2 brings Halloween to life in a whole new way! Check out the latest trailer below, and hopefully I'll see you on October 7th!

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Sure, the calendar that most people use might say its summer, but the official Rock Father HQ seasonal calendar (noted in detail here) says that Fall/Autumn will run August 15-October 31 with the overlapping Halloween Season taking place September 15-October 31... so change is coming. Fall and Halloween are my favorites, so when the trailer for Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (in theaters October 12) hit my inbox while I was traveling last week, I had to take note. I'm a bit belated on sharing this, but it's filling me with seasonal warmth on this summer morning - not the kind brought on by the heat of the sun, but that of pumpkin spice. Take a look...

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When it comes to "family" entertainment, the 90s are sort of a lost decade for me. Growing up in the 80s and then working in the entertainment world in the 00's - the 90s were the decade where I was growing up, rocking out, and in the end - getting married. A ton of really popular stuff came out that I totally missed (lots of Nickelodeon/Disney Channel shows for sure), and one thing I totally would've been into had I been born a bit later is R.L. Stine's GOOSEBUMPS series. Being more than a little into monsters and such, seeing Jack Black jump into the role of an author with potential to unleash werewolves and evil snowmen into the real world is something that's pretty intriguing. Check out the trailer for SONY/Columbia Pictures GOOSEBUMPS below...

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Scholastic Media is bringing some of their beloved TV series' into the digital realm for viewing everywhere, and the first episodes have arrived. R.L. STINE's GOOSEBUMPS and CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG have both rolled out on iTunes, the first series' to be distributed from Scholastic Digitally in this form (they're already on Netflix and Amazon Instant). Other Scholastic Media TV hits like THE BABYSITTER'S CLUB, I SPY, ANIMORPHS and THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS will rollout throughout the year on additional digital stores, including Microsoft Xbox, Vudu, Sony Entertainment Network, Target Ticket, M-GO, YouTube, and Google Play.

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