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07/10/2008

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
Episode Part 1

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
Episode Part 1

Memorable episode with a fun, unique theme that wrapped up the first season.

#8: The Tale of the Ghastly Grinner
Episode Part 1

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
Episode Part 1

Memorable episode that also featured a young Jewel Staite. Another underrated but solid episode.

#6: The Tale of the Water Demons
Episode Part 1

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
Episode Part 1

Another classic villain in a show that had several. Somewhat underrated but enjoyably scary.

#4: The Tale of the Hungry Hounds
Episode Part 1

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
Episode Part 1

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
Episode Part 1

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
Episode Part 1

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?

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