Parents' Guide to

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Spooky campfire stories are fun for resilient kids.

TV Nickelodeon Drama 1992
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 9+

Nostalgia at its best

It's so hard to find shows or movies that are in the middle of too grown up (PG-13) and too babyish. This fits right in the middle and is perfect for the 9-12 year range. Spooky, but not too spooky. The episodes are interesting and, while dated and occasionally cheesy, they are fun to watch.
age 11+


As a conservative mother, I am torn on this video.... There is nothing I see that is truly "bad" , but this does seem very creepy and nightmarish, especially for younger kids. I believe the suspense and jump scares are the most intriguing part of this. I am sure this will cause nightmares though..... Thus, I am torn

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (10 ):

Long before Twilight captured the imagination of kids and tweens, Are You Afraid of the Dark? introduced a generation to the concept of the supernatural, albeit with a far less romantic spin. The stories of evil clowns, vengeful water creatures, and yes, even vampires, are definitely creepy, and the fact that it's a live-action show means there's no masking the spookiness in colorful cartoons that cut the tension for kids. This is the real deal, and while some kids will love the thrill of the scare, plenty of others will find the fear factor a little too much. In other words, you've got to know your kids' tolerance for suspense, peril, and the concept of the undead before you give them the green light.

Because each episode introduces a new spooky story, there's no way to predict the direction the show will take, and the tales' topics touch on an array of fright triggers like vengeful spirits, boogeymen in the basement, and resurrected mummies. If your kids are sturdy enough to handle this type of content and not wind up in your bed at night, then there's no reason to worry about their watching it, but if they're prone to fears of the unknown, it's best to skip it altogether.

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