For many of us, our first foray into horror in any real way happened as the final half-hour of Nickelodeon’s edgy Saturday night programming block, SNICK. While definitely tame through adult eyes, the Canadian-produced Are You Afraid of the Dark? provided a surprising amount of actual scares in its simple anthology premise. Each episode provided new and endless chances to make new nightmares in our fragile little psyches and was hampered only by budget and our abilities to understand the thick Ontario accents.
Who among us didn’t see this show and immediately want to start their own Midnight Society to try to scare the Hi-C out of our friends? But, try as I might, I could never think of stories that had nearly the same degree of three-act structure, rising and falling action, and cliffhangers for commercial break as the seemingly genius kids on the show did. Also, why were they able to go into the woods at all-hours of the night and stay out until who knows when? Didn’t they have parents or guardians? Anyway, I digress. These are questions we never bothered to ask at the time; we were too busy being scared.
To celebrate the best horror show we kids ever saw, below you’ll find a gallery of the eight scariest Are You Afraid of the Dark? episodes, in no particular order, and based almost entirely on memory and nostalgia (but what isn’t these days?) so your mileage may vary here. And please, feel free to leave a comment below or hit me up on Twitter with your favorites or ones that scared you the most as a kid.
How bout some scary kids movies?