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

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Vote up the ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ episodes that still frighten you as an adult.

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 kids 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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  • 1
    148 VOTES

    The Tale Of The Quicksilver

    The Tale Of The Quicksilver
    Video: YouTube

    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: April 02, 1994
    • Season: Are You Afraid of the Dark? - Season 3
    148 votes
  • 2
    207 VOTES

    The Tale Of The Shiny Red Bicycle

    The Tale Of The Shiny Red Bicycle
    Video: YouTube

    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: August 28, 1993
    • Season: Are You Afraid of the Dark? - Season 2
    • Series: Are You Afraid of the Dark?
    207 votes
  • 3
    235 VOTES

    The Tale Of The Frozen Ghost

    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: August 14, 1993
    • Season: Are You Afraid of the Dark? - Season 2
    • Series: Are You Afraid of the Dark?
    235 votes
  • The Tale Of The Silent Servant
    Video: YouTube

    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
    • Series: Are You Afraid of the Dark?
    143 votes
  • 5
    225 VOTES

    The Tale Of The Ghastly Grinner

    The Tale Of The Ghastly Grinner
    Video: YouTube

    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.

    225 votes
  • The Tale Of The Dark Music
    Video: YouTube

    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: October 24, 1992
    • Season: Are You Afraid of the Dark? - Season 1
    160 votes