|My Imaginary Friend|
|Season 3, Episode 8|
|Air date||November 24, 2012|
|Written by||Melody Fox|
|Directed by||James Head|
"Poof de Fromage"
"My Imaginary Friend" is the eighth episode of season 3 of R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series. It first aired on November 24, 2012. It is based on the story with the same title that originally appeared in the 2001 prose anthology The Haunting Hour.
Shawn's brother, David, is worried that his brother's new friend, Travis, is a bad influence on him. But what do you do when your brother's best friend is a figment of his own imagination?
- Ryan Lee as Shawn
- Jeffrey Ballard as Travis
- Adam DiMarco as David
- Hillary Mason as Amy
- Andrew Airlie as Dad
- Bob Rathie as Old Man Dixon
Differences from the story
- In the story, it is Shawn who turns out to be imaginary, not David.
- In the story, David invented Shawn and by extension Travis, as a way to cope with his parents' divorce. On top of that, he pretends like his mom is still there and talks to an imaginary version of her.
- There is no Amy in the story.
- The story ends with Travis still "alive", and attempting to convince David to leave the hospital he ends up in.
- The extra lore, such as Travis using a monster under the bed, is exclusive to the episode.
- Curiously, this is the only episode to be based on a story from The Haunting Hour.
- Jeffrey Ballard also appeared in the season 1 episode "Lights Out."
- Adam DiMarco also appeared in the season 1 episode "The Perfect Brother."
- Ryan Lee would appear in the 2015 Goosebumps film.
- Director James Head was nominated for a Leo Award for this episode.
- The story is similar to the Tales to give you Goosebumps short story "Good Friends". Both revolve around imaginary friends and have a twist where someone who was thought to be real turns out to also be imaginary.