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20 'Are You Afraid of the Dark?' Episodes That Scarred A Generation For Life

List RulesVote up the Are You Afraid of the Dark? episodes that still frighten you as an adult.

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.  

  • 1

    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
    • Series: Are You Afraid of the Dark?
    Is this still scary?
  • 2

    The Tale Of The Ghastly Grinner

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    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.

      Is this still scary?
    • 3

      The Tale Of The Frozen Ghost

      Video: YouTube

      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 brat’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
      • Series: Are You Afraid of the Dark?
      Is this still scary?
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      The new house that Andy moves into is haunting enough without sinister old-school music eerily playing at odd hours in the night. Even worse, it seems as though Andy’s uncle once shared the house with something really scary that lives in the basement - something that only comes out when the music is playing... 

      • Original Airing: Oct 24 1992
      • Season: Are You Afraid of the Dark? - Season 1
      Is this still scary?