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29 Episodes Of Are You Afraid Of The Dark? That Still Scare Us

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    Halloween is around the corner, which means it's time to get spooky. And there's nothing quite like a late-night binge of Are You Afraid of the Dark to get those delicious All Hallow's Eve shivers.

    It's been 26 years since the Midnight Society first sat down to present us with the horrible tales we've grown to love. And let's face it, the Canadian classic can seem a little dated — if the '90s clothes don't tip you off, Ryan Gosling's hair sure will. But huddle up in bed with a bowl of popcorn, your comfiest pajamas, and enough candy to make your mom angry, because you'll find that the stories are just as scary as you remember them to be.

    Ghosts, witches, jilted prom queens, abandoned apartments, the quest for eternal youth — this show's got it all.

    Whether you're carving a pumpkin or getting ready for a costume party, these episodes are sure to get you in the Halloween mood.



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    "The Tale of Many Faces" (Season 7, Episode 12)

    Emma is a struggling model whose big break comes when the head of the Madame Visage theater company offers her the lead in her new production. Sounds great, until she finds out that she'll literally have to surrender her face for fame.


    Why it's scary:
    As women, we're often made to believe that our faces are our only asset. This just reinforces that trope.

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    "The Tale of The Lonely Ghost" (Season 1, Episode 3)

    While they go on an archeological dig, Amanda Cameron's parents send her to stay with her aunt Dottie and cousin Beth. Being that mean cousin we all have, Beth tells Amanda that she'll only hang out with her if she spends a night in the haunted house next door. Things take a creepy turn when Beth gets stuck in a mirror (serves her right).

    Why it's scary: Mean relatives are bad enough when they're not begging for your help to get out of home decor items.

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    "The Tale Of Laughing In The Dark" (Season 1, Episode 2)

    The second episode in the show's long history is also one of its most terrifying. The story takes us back to the Great Depression, when Zeebo the Clown steals money from the carnival he works at. After running off, he hides in the funhouse, which he burns to the ground with cigar ash. (The dangers of smoking, kids!) Legend has it, he died in the fire. Except, of course, he didn't. Decades later, Josh visits the rebuilt carnival and defaces the memorial erected in Zeebo's memory. Bad idea, Josh.

    Why it's scary: CLOWNS.

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    "The Tale of The Secret Admirer" Part 1 (Season 6, Episode 12)

    High school reject Meggie is thrilled when she gets a note from a secret admirer. She is less enthused when she realizes that he might have once dated her mother — and may be dead.

    Why it's scary:
    Incest! Ghosts! Incesty ghosts!

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    "The Tale of The Secret Admirer" Part 2 (Season 6, Episode 12)

    Everyone's worst relationship nightmare continues.