While sifting through some YouTube content last week, I came across one of my favorite shows from when I was a kid. If you were born between the mid 80’s and the early 90’s, you are definitely familiar with Nickelodeon, specifically Are You Afraid of the Dark? That cheesy 90’s Canadian gem was a staple on the network for years. I have compiled a list of 7 of the scariest episodes, referenced here. Let us know what you think! (All descriptions were taken from the original site.)
1. “The Tale of the Night Shift”
Amanda volunteers for the night shift at her local hospital. Soon she discovers that someone is draining the patients and employees, and turning them into vampiric zombies. I guess the moral of this one is, don’t do volunteer work? Way to scare kids out of doing good with green-skinned monsters.
2. “The Tale of the Quicksilver”
Aaron and Doug are plagued by strange events in their new house. They come to realize that a demon who killed a classmate’s twin sister is back to claim another soul. This episode upped the stakes with the actual death of a child (albeit off-screen) and some very effective makeup.
3. “The Tale of the Frozen Ghost”
Melissa Joan Hart plays a babysitter tasked with taking care of a spoiled kid at his aunt’s country house. They soon discover a ghost haunting the property, a young boy who froze during the harsh winter. Even scarier than old people? Children. And the ghost here has an extra creepy pallor, because he’s — you know — frozen.
4. “The Tale of Laughing in the Dark”
Josh wants to prove the fun house isn’t haunted by stealing evil clown Zeebo’s nose. Of course, the fun house is haunted — and Zeebo goes after him. Do I even need to explain that clowns are the actual scariest thing? Although the carnival barker is pretty frightening, too.
5. “The Tale of the Lonely Ghost”
Amanda is staying with her cousin Beth, who says she can only hang out with her if Amanda spends the night in the haunted house next door. There, she meets a ghostly deaf girl who wants a friend. As if the ghost girl wasn’t bad enough, you’ve got “HELP ME” written backwards all over the walls for an even more chilling effect.
6. “The Tale of the Midnight Madness”
Dr. Vink tries to save a dying movie theater by selling it his copy of the 1922 film Nosferatu. After the theater owner turns him down, bad things start to happen. Like, for example, Nosferatu comes to life. Who knew the original movie vampire could be so much scarier than those that came after?
7. “The Tale of the Ghastly Grinner”
Comic book geek Ethan is obsessed with super villain the Ghastly Grinner, who turns his victims into drooling idiots by staring at them. By microwaving his comic book, Ethan accidentally brings the Ghastly Grinner to life. Has any episode of television ever inspired more nightmares? No. There is simply nothing scarier than the Ghastly Grinner, or his blue-mouthed minions. I’m still petrified.