The BEST Episodes of Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 2, 2020

Network: Nickelodeon

A group of kids (the Midnight Society) get together in the woods, and tell ghost stories.

The Tale of the Secret Admirer

#1 - The Tale of the Secret Admirer

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired May 8, 1999

Shy Meggie is thrilled when she discovers she's got a secret admirer. But her excitement turns to fear when she realizes her secret admirer may be writing to her from beyond the grave.

star 9.18
45 votes
Directors: Mark Soulard
Writers: Eric Weiner
The Tale of the Dead Man's Float

#2 - The Tale of the Dead Man's Float

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 7, 1995

Zeke is good at chemistry, but not at girls. When he befriends one, she teaches him how to swim at the school pool. However, the pool is haunted by the ghost of a body that was previously buried underneath the school.

star 9.15
88 votes
Directors: D.J. MacHale
Writers: Will Dixon
The Tale of the Night Shift

#3 - The Tale of the Night Shift

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 3, 1996

A new girl starts volunteering during the nightshift at the local hospital. But the hospital seems to have more than just a new volunteer. Someone or something is feeding on the hospital's patients and employees, draining them of their blood and turning them into walking zombies.

star 9.09
80 votes
Directors: D.J. MacHale
Writers: Chloe Brown
The Tale of the Dream Girl

#4 - The Tale of the Dream Girl

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 26, 1994

A teenager thinks he's just met the girl of his dreams when he puts on a mysterious ring that won't come off. Trouble begins when he learns that years ago she was killed in a car accident, and he realizes she wants to lure him to an early grave.

star 9.03
113 votes
Directors: David Winning
Writers: David Preston
The Tale of the Midnight Ride

#5 - The Tale of the Midnight Ride

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 8, 1994

When a teenager moves to Sleepy Hollow, he learns that some of the folks believe in the old legend of the headless horseman. He soon learns that it's not just a legend.

star 8.77
93 votes
Directors: D.J. MacHale
Writers: Darren Kotania
The Tale of Vampire Town

#6 - The Tale of Vampire Town

Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired Apr 24, 1999

Adder, a self-proclaimed teenage vampire hunter, gets more than he bargained for when he convinces his parents to travel to Wisteria for a vacation. Trouble ensues when during his hunt for vampires, some local townspeople think he's a vampire and start to hunt him.

star 8.76
72 votes
Directors: Mark Soulard
Writers: Alison Lea Bingeman
The Tale of the Renegade Virus

#7 - The Tale of the Renegade Virus

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 8, 1994

Simon's latest prank in a series played between him and his friend Evan goes too far when Evan is late for school but he seems to have forgiven him. He even lets Simon have the first chance to try out a new virtual-reality program both have been waiting to try. But instead of experiencing fencing Simon finds himself trapped in a world where he must outwit an intelligent computer-virus. The virus has reprogrammed the system so that if Simon doesn't get out of the life-like setting where nothing works in his favor it will take over his brain to wreak havoc outside the computer.

star 8.63
78 votes
Directors: Ron Oliver
Writers: Andrew Mitchell, Gerard Lewis
The Tale of the Bookish Babysitter

#8 - The Tale of the Bookish Babysitter

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 12, 1994

A young boy named Ricky, who is obsessed with TV, is put under the care of a babysitter named Belinda. Belinda has a reputation for making children interested in reading. That's because she makes the books come alive. Literally.

star 8.61
80 votes
Writers: David Preston
The Tale of the Quicksilver

#9 - The Tale of the Quicksilver

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Apr 2, 1994

A long time ago a young girl named Laura was haunted by someone or something lurking in the walls of her house. She tried to get rid of the ghost but failed and died in the process. A year later, two new brothers move into the same house and discover that history repeats itself.

star 8.56
82 votes
Directors: Michael Keusch
Writers: Wendy Brotherlin
The Tale of the Guardian's Curse

#10 - The Tale of the Guardian's Curse

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 5, 1994

A mummy is delivered to a museum owned by an archeologist. The mummy happens to be a dead pharaoh queen whose ancient potion and ring brings eternal life. The trouble begins when the mummy mysteriously disappears.

star 8.56
81 votes
Directors: D.J. MacHale
Writers: Chloe Brown
The Tale of the Long Ago Locket

#11 - The Tale of the Long Ago Locket

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 29, 1994

A love-lorn teen walks through the park, directly into a Revolutionary War battle. He meets a Minuteman who beseeches his help in delivering a locket to his true love. They must avoid the enemy in the process.

star 8.52
75 votes
Directors: David Winning
Writers: Gerald Wexler
The Tale of the Nightly Neighbors

#12 - The Tale of the Nightly Neighbors

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 3, 1992

Some new neighbors move into a neighborhood. They are originally from Eastern Europe, wear black, collect blood, and only are active at night.

star 8.44
81 votes
Directors: Jacques Payette
Writers: Chloe Brown
The Tale of the Midnight Madness

#13 - The Tale of the Midnight Madness

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 26, 1993

An old movie theater has two weeks before they close down for good. Ever since the multiplex came into town, the older movie theater has made less than six dollars per day. All of a sudden, the mysterious Dr. Vink appears and offers them a horror movie he made decades ago. He promises the owner and his staff that his movie would save them from closing down and it works! Dr. Vink's horror movie, Nosferatu: The Demon Vampire, starts attracting more than fifty people a night. The staff wonders what attracts people to this film and unfortunately they find out. The terrifying vampire jumps out of the movie and into the real world where it can have all the victims it wants. Now the staff must pull the plug on the movie before it gets out of hand!

star 8.41
110 votes
Directors: D.J. MacHale
Writers: Chloe Brown
The Tale of the Fire Ghost

#14 - The Tale of the Fire Ghost

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 10, 1994

While celebrating their dad's birthday at the firehouse he works at, Jimmy and Roxanne end up being left alone when a call comes in and the firefighters must take off to stop a fire. They soon find that they're not exactly the only occupants of the firehouse. There's a fire ghost who's seeking revenge.

star 8.41
69 votes
Writers: Scott Peters
The Tale of Bigfoot Ridge

#15 - The Tale of Bigfoot Ridge

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired May 15, 1999

Danielle stumbles upon a strange mystery when she travels to Bigfoot Ridge in search of her missing friend, Gina.

star 8.32
44 votes
Directors: Lorette LeBlanc
Writers: Randy Holland
The Tale of the Water Demons

#16 - The Tale of the Water Demons

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 15, 1994

Two teenage boys deliver food to an old man who lives by the lake. After seeing treasures from an old sunken boat being displayed in his home, they find out that he is being stalked by water demons whenever he falls asleep. When one of the boys secretly steals one of the items, they start to be followed by the demons as well.

star 8.31
77 votes
The Tale of Locker 22

#17 - The Tale of Locker 22

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 3, 1993

In the 1970s, a young girl named Candy Warren was forced to work on her Chemistry assignment after school. However, neither she nor her teacher noticed that the gas line of her Bunsen burner was frayed. This caused an accident, claiming Candy's life. Years later, a young girl gets Candy's locker and soon finds herself haunted by Candy's ghost.

star 8.18
104 votes
Directors: David Winning
Writers: Chloe Brown
The Tale of the Silent Servant

#18 - The Tale of the Silent Servant

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 12, 1994

Two kids on a farm find a scarecrow with a magic spell, and they use it. The scarecrow does whatever they order it to. At first it's great, their new servant puts up an entire fence that they were supposed to build. But they find that it has it's drawbacks when they order it to make a baseball dugout and it tears apart the new fence for wood. Things get serious when one of them accidentally orders it to kill.

star 8.15
85 votes
Writers: Wendy Brotherlin
The Tale of Many Faces

#19 - The Tale of Many Faces

Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 4, 2000

Emma wants to be a model, but doesn't think she's pretty enough. She meets a strange woman, Madame Visage, who thinks Emma is absolutely beautiful. So beautiful, in fact, that she wants to steal her face!

star 8.12
42 votes
Directors: Lorette LeBlanc
Writers: Alan Kingsberg
The Tale of the Unfinished Painting

#20 - The Tale of the Unfinished Painting

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 7, 1995

A girl who loves to draw starts spending time at an art gallery, finishing up paintings that have never been completed. But she soon finds out that once you sign your name to a painting, you're trapped inside of it for life.

star 8.07
73 votes
Directors: David Winning
Writers: Lucy Falcone
The Tale of Station 109.1

#21 - The Tale of Station 109.1

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 4, 1995

Chris is obsessed with death. His brother tries to get him to snap out of it by locking him in a hearse and turning up the radio full blast. The radio goes right to 109.1. When Chris goes to the station, DJ Roy mistakes him for a dead man, and sends him to the afterlife.

star 8.01
73 votes
Directors: Ron Oliver
Writers: Scott Peters
The Tale of Watcher's Woods

#22 - The Tale of Watcher's Woods

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 22, 1994

Long ago, three girls attending camp got lost in the woods, only leaving behind their whistles. At the same exat time, a camper went crazy and started babbling about a Watcher within the woods, creating the nickname Watcher's Woods. When two present day campers get lost, they find that there's definitely something evil in the woods.

star 8.01
88 votes
Directors: David Winning
Writers: Gregory Kennedy
The Tale of Cutter's Treasure (2)

#23 - The Tale of Cutter's Treasure (2)

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 8, 1994

After opening a treasure chest, Rush Keegan unleashes the ghost of Jonas Cutter, an evil pirate. Captain Cutter kidnaps Rush's little brother, and he must use his instincts to finish what his ancestors started and get his brother back. Both Dr. Vink and Sardo team up with Rush to help him battle the phantom pirate.

star 8.00
77 votes
Directors: D.J. MacHale
Writers: Chloe Brown
The Tale of the Jagged Sign

#24 - The Tale of the Jagged Sign

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 9, 1996

A young girl, Claudia, goes to visit her relatives at the boarding house for the elderly that they own. She's bored at first but soon learns the legend of a ghost who haunts a special spot of a mountain in the woods. Her time spent away from home gets even more unusual when she actually sees the ghost himself.

star 7.99
76 votes
Directors: Will Dixon
Writers: Susan Kim
The Tale of Prisoner's Past

#25 - The Tale of Prisoner's Past

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 2, 1995

Scott and his step-brother hate each other and can't seem to get along. After fighting on their school field trip to a famous prison, they accidentally release One-Eyed Jack, an ex-prisoner's ghost, and he follows them home. They finally have to learn to cooperate in order to get the ghost to rest in peace.

star 7.93
71 votes
Directors: Ron Oliver
Writers: Alan Kingsberg