First Footage: «Are You Afraid of the Dark» Reboot, Now a Limited Series

Today, Nickelodeon debuted the first footage of October’s Are You Afraid of the Dark? limited series reboot.

According to, the original plan was a  feature film adaptation of Nick’s early nineties kids horror anthology series.  Then, Nickelodeon announced a new show as well, saying in a statement that the limited reboot series would function as a companion piece to the new flick. Most recently, the feature got pulled from Paramount’s schedule, and, at this point, the project is just three hour-long Are You shorts; old school.

For any C506 readers like me, this reboot hits me right in the kids horror soft spot. I can never get enough of my childhood rebooted. Not necessarily remade, but a reboot, I’ll always give it a chance. I was seven years old in 1992 when Are You Afraid of the Dark premiered on «SNICK.» Prime time for being scared out of my mind by some legitimately frightening, well done horror shorts for kids. SNICK, for those unfamiliar, was the early nineties Saturday night block of four half-hour Nick originals we got every week. Other networks at the time did similar blocks, ABC with their Friday night «TGIF» lineup, and NBC a few years later with «Must See TV» Thursdays (Ah, the days of appointment television).  Are You Afraid of the Dark fittingly ended the block of kids shows on SNICK, making us feel like grown ups at the end of a Saturday night, injecting just the right amount of fear into our little brains before bed.

So, yea, this reboot is a must watch for me.


More details from

Launching in October, the series consists of three hour-long episodes starring a new Midnight Society. The kids tell tales about the Carnival of Doom as the story comes to life around them.

The Are You Afraid of the Dark? limited series is produced by ACE Entertainment (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, The Perfect Date) with ACE founder Matt Kaplan and Spencer Berman serving as executive producers. The series is written by BenDavid Grabinski (Skiptrace) and directed by Dean Israelite (Power Rangers movie, Project Almanac), both of whom will also executive produce.

Again, Are You Afraid of the Dark gets rebooted this October for the Halloween season. Check out the new footage of Are You Afraid of the Dark, and stay tuned for more coverage here at C506 on the upcoming limited series.

Just hearing that spooky music, seeing that logo, watching YouTube videos of the old intro: I cannot wait to be scared like a seven year old.

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