The other obvious possibility is that the two seasons’ stories actually are connected. “Goosebumps” season 1 focused on five main teenage characters, and featured flashbacks to their parents’ lives in 1993. Some season 1 character returns would definitely not come as a surprise if they happen in season 2 — especially given what executive producer Conor Welch told /Film’s Ethan Anderton in an interview just a couple of months ago:
“Our hope and intention is to continue the story with these characters that we’ve established. They really just had such an excellent chemistry. It was fun to watch their dynamics grow and shift and deepen. I think there are many more episodes to be told with this group and many, many more books that we haven’t even touched, that we are lucky enough to be able to dig into to draw inspiration for many seasons to come. But yeah, the short answer is, for sure, we’ll serialize with this same group moving forward, if we’re lucky enough to have that opportunity.”
The original “Goosebumps” books were aimed at a preteen audience and typically centered protagonists from that age group. But it made sense to switch things up for a new adaptation, since the books had already been made into a kid-friendly TV show in the 1990s and were adapted into two kid-friendly movies very recently. The first season of the Disney+ series had a slightly more mature tone and featured characters who were in high school and thinking about their plans for college, and the season ended on a cliffhanger for one of those characters. Hopefully we haven’t seen the last of them yet.