|Season 4, Episode 9|
|Air date||November 22, 2014|
|Written by||Natalie LaPointe & Greg Yolen|
|Directed by||Ken Friss|
Goodwill Toward Men
Spores is the ninth episode of Season 4 of R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series. The episode originally aired on November 22, 2014.
Opening with Melvin Dixel locked in the family car while his parents pound on the doors howling at him.
Earlier Melvin's overly-competitive father, who wants to beat his office rival's record of hiking, had taken his family hiking through the woods of a national park. Before getting there they are warned by a park ranger. He's "perfect slasher material" according to Melvin's sister, Jacquelyn.
While hiking, Melvin's family gets picked off. First Janet, then Jack, then Jacquelyn and finally Jack Jr. by a strange cloud of spores that turns its victims one by one into mindless mutants who become covered in fungal growths. The episode ends with Melvin, having escaped his family members, finds the park ranger who revealed to be a carrier breaths spores into Melvin's face.
- William Ainscough as Melvin Dixel
- Michelle Creber as Jacquelyn
- Mitchell Duffield as Jack, Jr
- Paul McGillion as Jack
- Erica Carroll as Janet
- Juan Riedinger as Ranger Jackson
- Besides Melvin, all of the characters have names beginning with J.
- Juan Riedinger previously appeared in Scarecrow and Coat Rack Cowboy.
- Michelle Creber previously appeared in Dreamcatcher.
- Erica Carroll previously appeared in Night of the Mummy.