Written by Patti Pauley
Thinking back unto my awkward-ass adolescent years, I can fondly remember a particular day back in the Summer of 1992. Twas a day that made horror history for many of us of the early 90’s generation. A day of infamy, that gave birth to a new generation of young horror fans everywhere as the youth’s choice channel Nickelodeon, acknowledged how mainstream horror infiltrated and fascinated our tiny, twisted minds. The very first episode introducing the coolest club you and I wanted to be a part of, The Midnight Society who hosted the beautiful program, Are You Afraid of the Dark.
There really was nothing quite like gathering with a few friends, pillow buddies clutched, throwing madballs at each other, and tuning into Snick each week to see what awesomely corny tale from Gary, Kiki, Tucker and the rest of the gang had in store for the young horror fans watching at home. And let’s be honest, while some of the episodes were on a serious horror-movie level (ahem, “The Tale of the Lonely Ghost” for example) some of the episodes were CORNY AS HELL looking back on them now. But hey, it was a Nickelodeon program that sat in between Salute Your Shorts, and Hey Dude!. Two shows that carried that same sort of cheesy charm that we can’t help but swoon over, along with it. Are You Afraid of the Dark just had a horror element to it. No one expects perfection. It was just a damn good-time show for us little horror heads.
Along with the rehash of the series, the Canadian based Are You Afraid of the Dark ran in the US from 1992 to 1996 with earlier showings of the program a full two years prior with our northern neighbor. And during that original four-year run, we saw a lot of cool stories, tons of hats from Kiki, and we didn’t know it then, but a fair amount of huge stars by today’s ranks appearing in various episodes. Maybe you already knew some of these, forgot, or you were as clueless as Weegie thinking Zeebo the Clown was just a dumb urban legend in “Laughing in the Dark”. In any case, this just gives me another reason to retro-rewind you readers back into fuzzy nostalgia. So without further ado, submitted for the approval for the iHorror readers, I give you the tale of..
7 Celebrities Who Appeared in Are You Afraid of the Dark?
The Barney to Seth Rogan’s Fred, This is the End and Knocked up actor Jay Baruchel appeared in not one, but four episodes from the Snick series. “The Tale of the Dead Man’s Float,” “The Tale of the Zombie Dice,” “The Tale of the Walking Shadow,” and “The Tale of the Time Trap”.
Before he entered the Star Wars saga as Anikin Skywalker, or baby Darth if you prefer, Christensen appeared in “The Tale of Bigfoot Ridge”. This episode is also the season finale of the rehashed season six that aired in 1999.
Most notorious for her roles on hit action-drama 24, and The L Word, Mia Kirshner starred in “The Tale of the Hungry Hounds” back in 1992.