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My Top 10 Are You Afraid of the Dark Episodes

Who can forget as a child watching Nickelodeon and hearing the creaking floor and swinging chair that told you it was time for Are You Afraid of the Dark and not being scared?

In memory of a classic show from the “Golden Age” of Nick shows, here is a Top 10 of the very best episodes. Join me in my trip down memory lane as I submit for approval of the midnight society…

#10: The Tale of Jake & The Leprechaun
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This episode is memorable for the depiction of the leprechaun trying to take over Jake. One of the first episodes that left its imprint on me.

#9: The Tale of the Pinball Wizard
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Memorable episode with a fun, unique theme that wrapped up the first season.

#8: The Tale of the Ghastly Grinner
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Clearly a take of The Joker, but I remember seeing this episode for the first time and not only being drawn to the jester costume but terrified as well. A truly scary villain and the episode is great for the mixture of light hearted fare and genuine creepiness.

#7: The Tale of the Watcher’s Woods
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Memorable episode that also featured a young Jewel Staite. Another underrated but solid episode.

#6: The Tale of the Water Demons
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I remember this being one of the scarier episodes in part because of the fog and the involvement of water. Not good enough to crack my top five, but close.

#5: The Tale of the Renegade Virus
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Another classic villain in a show that had several. Somewhat underrated but enjoyably scary.

#4: The Tale of the Hungry Hounds
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This episode terrified me at the time and stuck with me like few others. Also gets a bonus for featuring a young Mia Kirshner.

#3: The Tale of the Dead Man’s Float
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Take in the fear of swimming and add in a creepy monster and you get a really memorable episode. Starred a young Kaj-Erik (Kai) Eriksen.

#2: The Tale of the Thirteenth Floor
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This episode still manages to make me wig and it’s mainly a result of the villains who just come off as creepy without really having to try. Also featured a young Aaron Ashmore.

#1: The Tale of Laughing in the Dark
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The creepiest episode to air on the show, in my opinion with the most memorable villain as well.

Any episodes that you feel should be included?



  1. I have been lookin online 4 about a year and i cant find the are u afraid of the dark movie i cant remember what its called does any1 n0???????

    Comment by Anonymous — 07/14/2010 @ 10:19 AM | Reply

    • I think you are referring to “The Tale of the Silver Sight”

      Comment by Paladingrl — 11/24/2010 @ 5:15 AM

  2. “Tale of Old Man Corcoran” where the new kids play hide and seek in the cemetery with the neighborhood kids. One of the few episodes that had a truly twisted ending. That’s my number 1!

    Comment by Jeff — 03/29/2010 @ 1:47 PM | Reply

  3. what was that one episode. it started from what i remember, this kid is sleeping and his closet opens all creapy. he wakes up and says something like “i hated that dream”. turns around and a figure in black is standing over his bed.

    Comment by nic — 11/25/2009 @ 1:32 AM | Reply

    • That Episode is The tale of the twisted claw

      Comment by ctyndall — 03/11/2010 @ 10:50 AM

  4. i think the show should come back on

    Comment by im not going to put my real name — 11/17/2009 @ 5:46 PM | Reply

  5. the tale of the lonely ghost! oh, my, god. the first shot of the ghost in the mirror had me hiding behind the family couch as a kid. i miss this show.

    Comment by katelyn — 10/04/2009 @ 10:07 AM | Reply

  6. The Tale of the Curious Camera made me afraid to use the internet as a kid.

    Comment by GT — 05/30/2009 @ 6:20 AM | Reply

  7. Definitely the one where the girl goes into the dollhouse and becomes a doll!

    Comment by Meagan — 03/03/2009 @ 8:49 PM | Reply

  8. yall be drippin homieeeeeeeeee.
    the doll maker was the creepiest episode!!!

    Comment by Marley Jane — 02/22/2009 @ 4:19 AM | Reply

  9. Same. This show is quality blud, ❤ You should watch it again. Online.♥

    Comment by Merc — 01/06/2009 @ 2:41 PM | Reply

  10. i dont think laughing in the dark was the scariest episode, i thought the crimson clown was! it was freaking creepy as anything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by hannah — 07/30/2008 @ 2:42 PM | Reply

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