Ghoulish Art Inspired by “Goosebumps” and “Tales from the Crypt”

Tales from the Cryptand Goosebumps BackdropR.L. Stine’s “Goosebumps” book series is probably many children’s introduction to horror. I know they were for me. And late night, spine-chilling television on HBO was once dominated by the show “Tales from the Crypt,” based on the 1950s EC Comics. Who could forget the grim mansion and maniacal laugh of the Crypt Keeper? Both initially flourished during the 1990s giving audiences an entertaining dose of scary.

As an ode to “Goosebumps” and “Tales from the Crypt,” The Mystic Museum in Burbank, California, has created an exhibit showcasing a wide range of artwork inspired by both series. I attended opening night and had a ghastly good time! 

Pieces on display at the "Tales from the Crypt" and "Goosebumps" Art Show
Pieces on display at the “Tales from the Crypt” and “Goosebumps” Art Show

A line of people eagerly waiting to enter wrapped around the street corner. At the entrance was a “Goosebumps” and “Tales from the Crypt” backdrop that made for a fun photo op. From the space where the exhibit was set up, a DJ played a mix of music, from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” to She Wants Revenge. The energy in the room matched the colorful artwork — animated and vibrant.

Several pieces, from paintings to mixed media, were on display that depicted characters and scenes from both series. Original film posters and episode sketches were also featured. One area showcased souvenirs and memorabilia such as a board game, lunchbox and dolls. You could even get an up-close look at one of the original moldings of the “Tales from the Crypt” prototype. In a dark and misty corner was a replica of the Crypt Keeper’s dungeon. A bonus treat for me was having the opportunity to meet and chat a bit with Micheline Pitt, a fashion designer and artist who created a work for the exhibit, as well as contributed a couple of pieces from her personal collection to display.

The “Tales from the Crypt” and “Goosebumps” Art Show at The Mystic Museum is up until mid-July and admission is $10. Check it out if you can, but in the meantime, enjoy more photos in the slideshow below. Many art pieces were sold opening night, but some are still available for purchase. Head to the official website for full details.

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See the Goosebumps story highlight pinned to my Instagram profile for some video footage from the evening. 

In case you missed it, read about The Mystic Museum’s previous exhibit inspired by “The Shining” film.


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