Throwback Thursday: “Are you Afraid of the Dark”
I feel sorry for you if you have never seen this show, you missed out on a huge part of your childhood. Back in 1991 when the show aired on Nickelodeon, it was pretty much the best and scariest thing you had ever seen. “Are You Afraid of the Dark” also happened to be one of the first scary shows to be aimed towards the youth, which was awesome.
This image gave me PTSD as a child.
The show begins with eerie opening of the creepiest effin music, an empty swing, shutters clattering, and that epic match. You knew shit was about to get crazy when that match went out. The neglected children gathered in the middle of the forest where they were protected from hobos and murders to submit scary tales for the approval of the Midnight Society. Luckily, we did not have to listen to them blabber, we got to watch visuals of the stories by some surprisingly decent child actors. In their fabulous 90’s clothing, they always opened the doors you told them not to, fell into the traps of the people you never trusted, and generally just got themselves in a hell of a lot of paranormal trouble. The visuals, keeping in mind this was the early 90’s and was targeted towards the youth, were pretty phenomenal and left you whimpering.
Oh Jesus, God, no!
Probably the scariest episode noted on the internet, and in my nightmares, was Laughing in the Dark. This episode was centered around a clown named Zeebo who worked at a carnival. Zeebo, also a thief, burned down the carnival on accident one day smoking one of his treasured cigars. After the tragedy the carnival built a fun house in his memory and put a replica of him behind one of the doors, just as I hope to be remembered. “Pick the right door and free you’ll be. Pick the wrong door and there he’ll be.” On a dare, Josh proves how awesome he is by stealing Zeebo’s nose. Idiot. Zeebo of course follows Josh home and haunts him with the most haunting laugh you have ever heard, and do not even get me started on that creepy ass smile. Basically this episode was terrifying because the scare tactics were done so well, and it was a fucking clown.
This clown had a string of hits in the early 90’s; starting with “FX2” and ending with this episode of “AYAOTD.” Tragically, he died in a cocaine overdose in 1997.
There are numerous other episodes to keep you up all night, and they are all still available on Amazon. Even better, if you are a Prime member, they are free!! Even if you are not, I am telling you to go out and buy this show on DVD, grab some smores, and scream like a girl on the couch catching up on the series. You will not regret it.