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.
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
Kids dream about the heroes of their comic books being real, but what about the villains? Beware the Ghastly Grinner! Armed with the power to reduce people to drooling morons, the Ghastly Grinner escapes the confines of his unfinished comic book to terrorize the life of an aspiring artist named Ethan.
Just when you think you know where the plot is headed, someone gets their face erased the hell off.
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
Bad things happen when amateur witches try to ward off demons on their own. In "The Tale of the Quicksilver," one character’s twin already learned that lesson the hard way, while another is on the same path. Add a house that’s so infused with evil, it makes its residents sick, and you've got a creepy story.
Original Airing: Apr 02 1994
Season: Are You Afraid of the Dark? - Season 3