My daughter and I were lucky enough to win passes to see Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween this morning at the Rochester Hills Emagine theater. I'll have to start this review off by saying, "OMG - those seats!!!" We'd never been to this particular theater before, and we both LOVED the super-comfy recliners. There are buttons on the side of each and every seat that control how far it reclines, and how far you want the foot rest up. Plus nice big cupholders on both sides. So, so fabulous.
Now that that's out of the way - what about Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween? We really enjoyed it! It was definitely a kids' halloween movie. The content was not too adult for kids, and the romance was so super minimal that it was hardly noticeable. The scares may have been a bit much for my seven-year-old though. But that's why they rated it for PG - parental guidance, right? There were a few good jump-scares that I'm not sure how he would respond too. And things coming to life that aren't supposed to is kind of a classic childhood fear I'm hoping he can avoid. LOL
I loved Jack Black's character, although he didn't seem really pertinent to the plot - most of the movie was totally fine without him, but I was happy to see him on screen anyway. In my IMDB research after the fact, I was amused to find out Madison Iseman - the older sister (Sarah) in Goosebumps 2 was also the teen girl in the 'real life' part of the newest Jumanji. I just enjoy trivia stuff like that.
Overall, I'd give this 3.5 out of 5 stars. I'm hoping we can find the first Goosebumps movie online somewhere for tonight, as my daughter said she enjoyed the first one better than this second one.