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The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight is the twentieth Goosebumps novel and even though it's a later book in the series, I think it's one of Stine's best. I remember watching the TV episode of this as a child and it scared me.
I had already been briefly introduced to Children of the Corn I say briefly because I was a chicken and refused to know more and the thought of corn stalks and rows already scared me. I mean have you seen Signs? I never want. I never want to live on a farm or near that kind of setting. My whole childhood I spent driving through country because my family lives there and nothing is scarier than driving past fields of swaying plants that can hide the worst creatures imaginable.
Suffice to say, corn and fields have been a creepy place for me. I think Stine did a brilliant job of playing off that fear of what lurks in rows of a farm. The plot could get a little out of hand and just wacky, but I was so apprehensive about the scarecrows I could care less. I think my imagination is what got me for this novel. Stine isn't the best writer and I think it attributes to him having to dumb down descriptions, but I can easily see these scarecrows swaying in the wind and pulling themselves off of their stakes.
Some people probably won't find this a great read in the Goosebumps series, but since I had a slight fear of the rural settings as a child I felt like if I had read this as a kid, I never would've wanted to visit my aunt again. The thing about Stine is that in this novel he plays off of a real and understandable fear. The scarier things lurk in the dark and in places that are isolated from cities and towns. Jodie and her brother Mark are typical Stine characters.
For some reason, Stine loves writing about allergies and Jodie's allergies eventually come back to cause a bad situation in an already horrifying one. I'm not a fan of either of these kids, but I liked the air Jodie brought to the story. She's also one of the Stine's stronger main protagonists. The grandparents are sweet old people who offer an unsettling feeling to the farm. Also grandma is not cooking the kids' favorite foods.
Stanley, the hired hand, is an interesting character. He doesn't mean harm, but he wants to be in control and be appreciated. I think the plot of how the scarecrows awoke was a little ridiculous, but only because Stine wrote it to seem ridiculous.
If King or the writers of Supernatural had this plot they could really scare people. This is a Goosebumps novel I actually think a lot of people will enjoy. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Definitely recommended to those who like creepy atmospheres. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions.
Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Stine Goodreads Author. Jodie usually loves to spend time at her grandparents' farm. But this summer things seem all wrong. Her grandparents look worn out. The crops are doing badly. And worst of all, she's sharing the fields with twelve evil-looking scarecrows. Scarecrows that seem to be coming alive Get A Copy.
Paperback , pages. Published September 1st by Scholastic first published May More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight , please sign up. In the scarecrow walks at midnight what is the chant that puts the scarecrow back to sleep?
Max Yes. Stanley the worker on the farm gets a book and uses the scarecrows to scare the grandparents. He puts them to sleep as long as he gets what he …more Yes. He puts them to sleep as long as he gets what he wants from them, but some stay awake and scare Jodie and Mark. Sticks Stanley's son lights them on fire to kill them. See all 3 questions about The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight….
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. This is one of the ones I didn't get to read as a kid.
I loved the TV episode and this was pretty close to the story line on the show, which I appreciated. This had its creepy moments but I also listened to the audio book and the narrators voice was annoying as hell haha but I still enjoyed the book.
Good old cheesy 90s horror! View all 6 comments. It is a quaint little place and Jodie loves it there. The scarecrow's are really getting to her View 1 comment. Shelves: children , fiction , he-says , horror , traditionally-published , published This book was actually scary! Jodie and her brother Mark spend every summer on their grandparents' farm. But this summer, things are different. Instead of just one scarecrow in the fields, there are over a dozen.
Stanley, the hired hand who around here would be called one can short of a six-pack , has been avidly struggling through a superstition book and sees signs of good luck and bad luck everywhere. Not only do the kids' grandparents look older and more defeated, but they've been acting weir This book was actually scary! Not only do the kids' grandparents look older and more defeated, but they've been acting weird. Grandpa refuses to tell scary stories anymore. Grandma claims she's forgotten how to make her famous, delicious chocolate-chip pancakes.
They're baking cherry pie instead of apple pie - even though Grandpa's allergic to cherries! What's going on? Jodie looks out the window one night and sees the scarecrows twitch. This book was creepy. It was a horror-mystery! I always enjoy Stine's Goosebumps books more when he goes to a fun, different location. The farm was perfect for this! Running in terror through the corn fields, being isolated, having things like barns and horses that can play into the horror - it was a perfect set up!
Also, Stine tackles something a bit more serious in creating Stanley, the hired hand who is mentally slow. He used the superstition book to raise a scarecrow army. He told the grandparents that he would put the army to sleep - if they obeyed his every command! That's why they are so careful not to make him upset or angry.
Scarecrow Walks at Midnight
The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight is the twentieth book in the original Goosebumps book series. It was first published in The cover illustration features a scarecrow on a pole in the cornfield at night. There seems to be a red light coming from an unknown source while there is a full moon in the background. Jodie loves visiting her grandparents' farm. Okay, so it's not the most exciting place in the world. Still, Grandpa tells great scary stories.
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The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight is the twentieth Goosebumps novel and even though it's a later book in the series, I think it's one of Stine's best. I remember watching the TV episode of this as a child and it scared me. I had already been briefly introduced to Children of the Corn I say briefly because I was a chicken and refused to know more and the thought of corn stalks and rows already scared me. I mean have you seen Signs?
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