Tales Point Horror Book Club – Halloween Night by R L Stine
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Halloween Night by R L Stine
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Brenda hates her cousin, Halley, and she’s not the only one. Halley shouldn’t go around stealing other people’s boyfriends, it could get her into trouble. Big trouble – because Brenda is determined to have her revenge.
This party is a killer…
Okay ….so…What’s It All About?
WOW! Where to start! Brenda and her friends are plotting a Halloween party with homemade terrifying Halloween costumes including a clown, a monk and the most terrifying of all ever Halloween costumes….a peacock!
Yes you heard me right! But that’s the least of Brenda’s worry and woes! Halley, Brenda’s cousin, is staying whilst her parents sort out their divorce and not only is she content in pinching Brenda’s bedroom and Luke Perry poster she sets her sights on Brenda’s boyfriend Ted too! And over a truck full of buns and a hard gear stick Ted falls for Halley and snogs her under Brenda’s bedroom window! This makes Brenda mad enough to plot revenge!
Revenge?! Like jumping out on her in her clown outfit?!
Pfffftttt don’t be silly! Brenda means business….murder! But not any old murder! A Halloween Murder! Whilst writing an assignment with her two friends Dina and Traci about the fictional murder of her cousin and after Halley dumping Ted and moving onto Traci’s boyfriend, but then back to Ted and then many study dates with other boys (?!) Brenda convinces her friends that the murder should become a reality! For realises!!! Especially after some strange goings on!
Strange goings on?! This can’t be true of a Point Horror!!?
Oh yes indeed! Someone is trying to scare Brenda with blood messages and off meat in her bed with added maggots! Who could it be?! Brenda points the finger well and truly at Halley! But could it be true?! And will Brenda really murder her for revenge?! Or will some perfectly placed air vents scupper her plans?!
Emerald eyed, copper haired, Luke Perry loving Brenda Morgan! Don’t make her angry or her freckles with darken in rage! She is a sewing master and thinks her cousin Halley is a monster and mean natured!
Brenda decides that to murder Halley is the only option! I mean how could that be the only option!? Did she not read The Babysitter?! *tuts*
She really was very self centred and a little bit annoying, but then in a way this was good as it made me laugh when she got scared of the creepy mask in her window and the creepy messages to beat all messages….SEE YOU ON HALLOWEEN!!! I mean the horror! Perhaps someone just couldn’t get through on the phone so went for a more traditional way of messaging in the 90’s with a Halloween vibe. Quite frankly I think Brenda over reacted!
AND that’s not all! Picture the scene! Your hatred for your cousin who you are plotting to kill for being mean, stealing your boyfriend and Luke Perry poster spiralling out of control, but yeah sure it’s okay you can borrow my car Halley! NO BRENDA NO!
Don’t get me wrong I was cheering Brenda on a few times with how she handled Ted the slimeball….but then she went and got back with him…..then he went and abandoned Brenda at the prom and copped off again with Halley! OMG!
Don’t forget though Brenda always did her best thinking with a needle in her hand! Did she drop the needle?!
I think it’s fair to say I had a love/hate relationship with Brenda! Most of my love came from the catfight scenes with Halley over the table and then on the driveway! Meow!
It was nice to see that Brenda’s parents were in this particular Point Horror…although they may well have not have been! They were as unsupportive and as useful as a chocolate teapot! They even made her sleep in her blood stained room! There was a point where I actually did feel sorry for Brenda but don’t tell anyone!
The Love Interest
I can’t believe I have to call Ted the slimeball the love interest! Ewwwwww! His thick mane / mop of curley brown hair and crinkly eyes did nothing for me except infuriate me into a Point Horror rage!
It annoyed me as I kept imagining him as Robert Sheehan! Although Robert Sheehan would NOT be such a slimeball!
But fear not surely Stiney put a back up love interest in Halloween Night!
Pfftttt This ain’t no Point Romance! Silly me!
I present to you Noah! NOAH! With a high pitched laugh that set peoples teeth on edge, straw coloured hair and pudgy hands…who could resist! Well certainly not Halley who steals him of Traci (with an I) !
Basically Stiney gave us rubbish love interests who were selfish and thought they were gods gift to women!
I feel better now!
Traci (with an I) Warner aka Milky Way lover! With her straight black hair that she tosses over her shoulder so many times I lost count, her silvery eyes and her copy of Seventeen magazine that was originally going to be the murder weapon (I know how Stiney was thinking pre edits!). She was a bit gullible and basically hung on Brenda’s every word and just went along with things. You know as you do!
Long legged, tall, slender, short brown haired Dina Smithers who could rock a cat suit for Halloween and holding down a job at a vets as well as school was always complaining about her looks and sticking up for Halley! She had her time to shine 3/4 of the way through the book when Stiney must have forgotten he was writing from Brenda’s point of view and switched to Dina for …wait for it….A WHOLE CHAPTER! Full Point Horror glory right there! Well that was until she tripped over the pumpkin and right into the hands of two policeman! How shameful to say you were busted by a pumpkin! Kudos to Dina for refusing to be part of the planned murder which ended up not being a planned murder but a trick to lure Dina into admitting she was the one behind the nasty (hilarious) tricks on Brenda. I liked Dina!
Talk of the devil! Little old Halley! Oh dear oh dear! To quote Point Horror book club member Paul….her milkshake brought ALL the boys to the yard!!! Yep indeed! Giving women drivers a bad name with her reverse parking, flirting with Ted and Noah and Ted and a pumpkin (probably) and taking Brenda’s things I really did not like her! But then I guess I was not meant to?! It had nothing to do with her gorgeous blonde hair, blue eyes, dry sarcastic sense of humour and a little miss perfect routine! I highly disagree! That gorilla scene when she jumps on the table was Point Horror gold!
Shout out to Randy Brenda’s ten year old brother who made me lol especially over pandagate and his enthusiasm over Prince Of Persia! I LOVED THAT GAME!
Fashion Faux Pas
Did anyone else notice that we seemed to be told about what everyone was wearing in nearly every new scene?!
There were jumpers, turtle necks, leggings…you know the norm!
A leopard skin style jacket made it’s appearance on Dina!
It was so very Kurt Cobain!
Woooohhoooooo! I have never been so happy for a fashion faux pas in my life!
“Brenda thinks Halley is a monster”
Monster is a bit harsh I guess?
“You don’t even have room for your Luke Perry poster”
EVERYONE should have room for a 90’s Luke Perry poster! *stares at Luke Perry poster on the wall*
“She promised she’d help me fertilize the rhododendrons this afternoon”
Brenda’s Mom is in the wrong book! This is Point Horror Brenda’s Mom! POINT HORROR NOT 50 SHADES!!!
“I wish a fly would fly into her mouth”
Brenda knows ALL of the evil plot twists!
“Maybe her face will crack and disintegrate into a thousand pieces”
Early Botox voodoo spell!?
“Lets murder her!”
See it was all your idea Traci with an i!
“It isn’t hard….once you get the back in”
*spits out buttery popcorn in horror* Ted is such a stud!
“That whole truck is filled with buns….amazing”
Ted really knows what to say to the ladies!
“Wow! It doesn’t take you a lot to get excited does it!”
*coughs* Nope just a truck load of buns!
“Well plotting a murder mystery isn’t going to be easy”
Stiney has read The Boy Next Door and is looking at you Sinclair Smith!
“It’s a gorilla”
Something I never thought I would quote from a Point Horror!
“Why would Halley do a dumb thing like that?”
“No. Forget strangling. It’s too good for her!”
No it really isn’t! Do it already! Oh come on I’m not the only one who shouted this at the book am I?
“It should be the person you never suspect”
Why did Dina have to say this? Why?! It was like waving a flag saying oh it’s me they would never suspect me! Grrrrrrrr
“Yay” She cheered “I’m a murderer”
Oh Dina! If only buns did it for you like Ted!
“You look like a racoon”
Dina has ALL the insults!
“Goosebumps climbed her bare arms”
*Hi fives Stiney for some self promotion there*
“I’ll shove it down the laundry shoot. No one will ever think to look there!”
We will let Brenda off as this was in the days before CSI! They ALWAYS look in the laundry shoot Brenda! ALWAYS!
We can only dream! 0!
With the exception of many pumpkins!
Is it scary?
Not really! But I did find that scene with the pumpkin coming alive in Brenda’s dreams and turning an talking quite terrifying and it made me dream I was pumpkin (this is not a joke!)!
I mean who knew that an evil pumpkin coming alive would make a wet sucking sound! Mind = blown!
Also dead headless bird! GROSS!
And also the most scary part of all was people dressing up as Princess Di and Cindy Crawford for a Halloween party! Just me who didn’t get the joke here?
Did the best friend do it?
DING DING! We have a winner with this Point Horror! One of the best friends did do it! Or tried to and failed *curses Brenda’s sewing skills and extra padding*
Some Mild Peril?
Well apart from the constant hair tossing over the shoulder (did anyone else notice this?) the only mild peril was the hope that whoever was in the Gorilla suit was really brown bread!
Is it any good?
I’m honestly not sure how I feel about this book. I think I liked it, but yet I’m not sure. It took a long time to get going and the Halloween Night party was in the last 20 pages or so. I do admit I did like the end although I had a feeling it was Dina I liked the uncertainty and I was hoping I was wrong. I think the only character I liked was Dina (except Randy) and look how that ended!
Over to you!
As well as your thoughts on the book I’ve added some fun questions to ponder!
- Who would you go to a Halloween Party dressed as?
- What happened to Dina after Halloween Night?
- Ted or Noah?!
- What extra prank should Dina have played on Brenda?
Billy is back with his Halloween Night in emoji’s! I love it!
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