Are You Afraid of the Dark is a kids horror show that ran between 1990 and 2000. If you (or family members) watched Nickelodeon during those years you’ve probably seen commercials for or at least one episode of the show.
It’s got the same spooky feel as the Goosebumps books and shows, but it’s a different take. Are You Afraid of the Dark focuses on a group of kids called “The Midnight Society” who meet at night and tell ghost stories around a campfire. Sometimes it’s the same kids, sometimes they bring a new friend or new neighbor with them. No matter what’s happening every story starts out with some form of “submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society” followed by the episode’s name appearing in smoke after the kids have thrown a handful of something (maybe sand?) onto the fire.
The stories aren’t incredibly scary, but they’re fun and for those who were that age in the 90s it’s something that can be related to on at least some level. The feeling that you were alone, that you only had your friends or a sibling for help, having to go to camp or to Great-Aunt *insert name*’s house for summer vacation against your will…
There are too many episodes for me to go into detail with, but this show is a great way for parents who are fans of horror movies to give their kids (or nieces or nephews) a little taste if they want to watch something scary.
The series is filled with multiple characters and is done in a way to make you feel like you’re a member, not just listening to a story being told by some kids. For those who have also been fans of the Pendragon books author D. J. MacHale (along with Ned Kandel) created the series.
Heather: Growing up in the 90s this show and Goosebumps were two of my favorite things, though I didn’t watch much of the Goosebumps show until after my teen years the books are still some of my favorites to this day. I was easily frightened as a kid, so things like Goosebumps and Are You Afraid of the Dark were perfect for me. Scary, but not overly so. Now? I love a good horror or psychological thriller.