October 31, 2014


Well, are you?

Muster up some courage for the show that divided the schoolyard between the kids who reveled in tales of the weird and grotesque, and the kids who changed the channel promptly at 9:30 pm on Saturdays.  For seven seasons and 91 episodes - a programming warhorse by Nickelodeon standards - Are You Afraid of the Dark? served up chilling ghost stories, creature features, and middle school social dynamics in a tween-friendly anthology series.  It’s an intriguing experiment in kiddie horror, cutting against the grain of the popular Goosebumps formula of swerves and surrealism - a narratively-focused show that usually featured a moral, not a monster, at the end.

Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, it’s a What Were We Watching? Halloween Special!

Are You Afraid of the Dark (1990-1996)
Created by D.J. MacHale and Ned Kandel

“The Tale of the Frozen Ghost”
Directed by Ron Oliver
Written by Naomi Janzen
Aired August 14, 1993

“The Tale of the Dead Man’s Float”
Directed by D.J. MacHale
Written by Will Dixon
Aired October 7, 1995

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