TV Episodes 18 "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" Episodes That Scarred You For Life  

Justin Andress
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CAUTION: This list contains plot spoilers for various episodes.

In 1992, American tweens tuned into Nickelodeon's first dedicated block of Saturday night viewings called SNICK (Saturday Night Nickelodeon) and were greeted with a new series called Are You Afraid of the Dark? The show became one of the best anthology programs, revolving around a group of Canadian nerds who called themselves "The Midnight Society" that met at night in the woods and told scary stories

Whether the kids of The Midnight Society were talking about ghosts or goblins, the frights were never in short supply. People who grew up with the show recall different Are You Afraid of the Dark? episodes as the scariest, but in case you needed a reminder, journey into the past to determine which of these scary episodes of Are You Afraid of the Dark? are the most spine-tingling.  

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The Tale Of The Shiny Red Bicycle


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Are You Afraid of the Dark? injects some real-world trauma into the mix in this episode. A kid named Mike is still recovering from a childhood accident five years earlier in which he tried and failed to save his friend from drowning in a river. When Mike’s old buddy and his bright red bike start appearing, he starts to unravel - either he's insane or there's something more. 

Original Airing: Aug 28 1993

Season: Are You Afraid of the Dark? - Season 2

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The Tale Of The Frozen Ghost


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On one hand, “The Tale of the Frozen Ghost” features some of the series’ most intense moments after a bratty rich kid and his poor babysitter are terrorized by the ghost of a shivering young kid. On the other hand, the little sh*t’s initial behavior makes you kind of root for the ghost while he and his babysitter are trying to figure out the reason behind the haunting.

Original Airing: Aug 14 1993

Season: Are You Afraid of the Dark? - Season 2

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The Tale Of Watcher’s Woods


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Nothing stirs up genuine fright like stranding some kids in the woods - especially when those woods are supposedly haunted by something called the “Watcher,” a man linked to the disappearance of several campers years earlier. 

Shades of Friday the 13th, with a heavy dollop of supernatural terror fuels this frantic episode.

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Three words: giant mute scarecrow. Sure, it might seem like an Oz dream-come-true to use a magic spell to bring the farm’s scarecrow to life, but you have to be really careful with how you word your instructions. After all, it’s entirely possible that the menacing sentinel will think you want it to murder someone close to you.

Original Airing: Nov 12 1994

Season: Are You Afraid of the Dark? - Season 4

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