A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Some potentially negative messaging like sneaking into a haunted abandoned factory or getting revenge on school bullies. Teamwork is a common theme when kids come together to try and survive the night, destroy an evil amulet, or hide from ghosts.
Positive Role Models
Characters find themselves in sticky, scary situations with haunted artifacts and bullies, but they aren't always the best role models as they figure out what to do and playfully tease one another when they get scared. In one episode, a character's wishes come true, and she uses it to get back at bullies and a teacher that upsets her, which isn't a positive example of how to respond to conflict.
Diversity isn't explicitly discussed and identity is rarely mentioned, but episodes feature both girls and boys from different ages and backgrounds.
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Violence & Scariness
Ghosts, graveyards, and other supernatural events make each episode exciting and frightening. Tense moments of hiding from ghosts and being trapped in haunted houses. Without visuals, the sound effects and detailed storytelling leave the creepy images up to your imagination. Mentions of death, hauntings, and killing could make this show too scary for younger kids.
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Some playful teasing between friends and mature language during tense situations such as discussions of death or murder. Some hostile language when kids are bullying one another.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Are You Afraid of the Dark? The Official Podcast is a spin-off of the 90s Nickelodeon tv show (with a later reboot) of the same name. The show plays on the same spooky storytelling themes where friends come together to tell scary stories of ghosts, ghouls, haunted houses and more. The show is scary and thrilling, with chilling sound effects and descriptive details that create images for your imagination to run wild. Characters frequently fear for their lives, run from ghosts, and try to figure out how to destroy evil. Some mature themes and language, such as one episode where a character is found unconscious at the bottom of a well, and others mention the possibility of murder. Episodes are entertaining and frightening for the whole family, but may scary stories and sounds.
Is It Any Good?
Captivating plot lines and detailed storytelling make this podcast a great spooky screen-free options for older kids and adults alike. Are You Afraid of the Dark? The Official Podcast brings back the campfire storytelling-style that many loved about the 90's horror series and its reboot. Sound effects of whispers, ghostly moans, and creaky floors put you right into the story giving you a front row seat to each haunting scene. Characters are complex, even for young kids, as they face bullies, navigate friendship, and learn about teamwork all while narrowly escaping deathly creatures. Thrilling, spooky, and entertaining, with great sound production, music, and talented voice actors, this podcast is sure to leave you shaking in your headphones.
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