Are You Afraid of the Dark?
The girls wanted to watch something on the creepy side last night. They have dark tastes, but they're only 8 and almost-6 and I know their limits. We have Amazon Prime on the Roku, and it just so happens the Nickelodeon's early-'90s anthology series "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" was waiting there, fitting the bill nicely. Scary enough that they can scream and joke about turning more lights on, but not so scary that they have trouble falling asleep at night.
I didn't watch this show when it first aired. First it was because we didn't have cable, then by the time we did, I was in high school and the only shows I watched on Nick were "Ren & Stimpy" and "The Adventures of Pete & Pete." I do, however, remember my sister watching this series. Every episode starts with The Midnight Society gathered around a campfire, as someone in the society tells a scary story. Some stories are scarier than others. The occasional familiar face pops up. (I rapped the theme to "Fresh Prince of Bel Aire" when Tatiana Ali showed up in an episode. The girls think Mom is weird.)
For old fans, you can watch the series on Amazon Instant, or buy the DVDs. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, but want to check it out anyway, you can find some episodes on YouTube.