I often wonder how I came to love horror movies so much. I grew up in the 90s, right during the prime of Full House and Family Matters. But, there were tv shows and books out there especially made for children that I think are the reason I came to love the horror genre. One show especially, “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”
“Are You Afraid of the Dark?” first appeared on Nickelodeon in 1990 and ran until 1996. It was later rebooted for a short time in 1999 to 2000. The show centered around a group of young teens, The Midnight Society. They would gather around a campfire and share scary stories. The stories would center around other young people having scary encounters with ghosts, vampires, witches, etc.
One of my favorite episodes was “The Tale of the Lonely Ghost.” In this episode, Amanda has to go spend the summer with her cousin, Beth. Her cousin though is a classic mean girl. There is a really creepy house next door and Beth tells Amanda that if she wants to hang out with her this summer that Amanda needs to go spend a night in the house alone. Beth also has a nanny who lets Beth bully her. Let’s just say I would be fired if I had to be the nanny for this girl.
Anyway, Amanda decides she’s going to spend the night in this house, specifically in the bedroom of a little girl who supposedly died there. Amanda sees writing that is backwards and is able to see the words “Help Me” in the mirror in the bedroom. All of a sudden, wam, creepy little ghost girl appears in the mirror.
I don’t want to give the whole plot away but it ends up being kind of wholesome in the end. One thing I really appreciated about this show is how some of the episodes had a nice twist at the end, much like The Twilight Zone.
Did you grow up watching “Are You Afraid of the Dark”? What is your favorite episode? Let us know in the comments. Stay spooky 👻