Growing up, I was a reader. I spent most of my time reading books and fairytales, but I always wished that there were a genre of children’s books that would be unique. For some reason I’ve always thought that children’s books were cool, but not the type you’d expect. I was fond of R.L. Stein’s “Goosebumps” series along with things related to Halloween.
I stumbled upon a book called “La Noche De Las Brujas” written by Delia Espinoza. This book shows children how to draw scenery of castles, witches, devils, etc. They are specifically taught about devils, witches, and la noche de las brujas otherwise known as Halloween. The children are encouraged to share their experiences with witches, devils, spirits and other supernatural forces. They were also taught a bit about the history of La Santa Inquistion, which was when a tribune was formed during Mexico’s conquest to get rid of anyone practicing witchcraft or anyone that was considered an evil person.
R.L. Stine was known as the Stephen King of children’s books which were made into multiple seasons that aired on television. My favorite episode of Goosebumps was “The Red Dress”. This story was about a girl named Jamie, a worker who has a crush on a member of the club named Zack. She and her friend Nicole discover a mysterious drift store called “The Raven’s Chest” which is owned by a creepy blind woman. Here, she sees a red costing $400.00. Later that night, she steals the dress and wears it to a dance in order to impress Zach and is later being stalked by the store owner. At the dance, Jamie is wearing the red dress. Jamie finally has what she wants, but can’t seem to relax because she’s being followed by the store owner. Jamie feels guilty so she leaves the dance and goes home. While standing outside her bedroom, she sees the Raven from “The Raven’s Chest.” Jamie tells Abigail that she can have the dress back because she doesn’t want it anymore. The next morning, Jamie finds out that she is blind as she can only see darkness upon waking up. At “The Raven’s Chest,” the store owner has Jamie’s glasses, which she puts into a display case at her store and her own eyesight back saying “Everyone must pay.” LOL at the irony.