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A dilapidated row boat, a creaking swing, a menacing clown doll, and a lit match. These images marked the beginning of Are You Afraid of the Dark? and are forever burned into the psyche and souls of most 20-somethings. Horror/fantasy anthology shows have been around since the '50s but ones targeted at children never really took off until the '90s. There were a few memorable ones like the animated Tales From the Cryptkeeper and Goosebumps, but none of them could hold a candle to the Canadian export that had kids gnawing their fingernails raw every Saturday night. AYAOTD was clever, well-acted, and surprisingly scary for a kid's show. Every episode featured "The Midnight Society," (MS) a group of teens who must've all had neglectful parents who didn't notice them running off into the woods in the middle of the night. The MS would meet around a camp fire each week and a different member would tell a tale. Most were based on urban legends, folklore, or fairy tales and they usually reflected a fear of one of the MS members or something going on in their personal lives. It didn't matter where the stories came from though, each week they had kids answering the question posed in the show's title with a resounding "yes." So let's take a look at the creepiest stories told by our old friends Gary, Tucker, Betty Ann, Kiki, and all those other kids who didn't have a curfew.
How could it bring back FOND memories?!
Did you know that show was Elisha Cuthbert's first acting gig?