Nickelodeon will broadcast a plethora of thrilling premieres this October in the lead-up to Halloween, including the reimagined 90's anthology Are You Afraid of the Dark? as a brand-new limited series.
Through three, hour-long episodes, premiering at 6pm (AEDT) from Monday, 28 October until Wednesday, 30 October, the series introduces an entirely new Midnight Society – a group of kids who will tell the terrifying tale of the Carnival of Doom, only to have the events of the story come to life!
The new members of the Midnight Society are: Gavin, played by Sam Ashe Arnold (Best.Worst.Weekend.Ever.); Akiko, played by Miya Cech (Rim of the World, Always Be My Maybe); Louise, played by Tamara Smart (Artemis Fowl, The Worst Witch); Graham, played by Jeremy Taylor (It, It Chapter Two, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween); and Rachel, played by Lyliana Wray (Top Gun: Maverick, Black-ish). The Carnival of Doom's ringmaster, Mr. Tophat, is played by Rafael Casal (Blindspotting).
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.
Inspired by the classic art of storytelling, Nickelodeon's original Are You Afraid of the Dark? (series ran from 1992-1996 and 1999-2000) broke the mould by exploring a new genre of entertainment. One of the most iconic series from the '90s, Are You Afraid of the Dark? delivered riveting stories of horror to young audiences, all from a kid's perspective. Are You Afraid of the Dark? was created by D.J. MacHale and Ned Kandel.
Kids brave enough to dial up the dread can also add the following hair-raising special episodes to their must-watch list this Halloween:
- Two weeks of Halloween-themed episodes of Nickelodeon shows including; Henry Danger, The Thundermans, Victorious, Cousins For Life, and 100 Things To Do Before High School, airing weekdays at 5pm from Monday, 21 October to Wednesday, 30 October.
- All-new Halloween-inspired episodes of the nostalgic quiz challenge series Double Dare, hosted by Liza Koshy of TIME Magazine's top 25 most influential people on the internet, and original Double Dare host Marc Summers, premiering weekdays at 6pm from Monday, 21 October until Friday, 25 October.
- SpongeBob SquarePants 20th anniversary celebrations continue with the 'Best ScarePants Ever!' mini marathon from 2pm (AEST) on Saturday, 26 October, featuring two hours of Halloween-themed episodes followed by a ghastly new episode, The Ghost of Plankton at 4pm.
Are You Afraid of the Dark? premieres on Nickelodeon (Foxtel channel 701, Fetch channel 252) for three consecutive days at 6pm (AEDT) from Monday, 28 October until Wednesday, 30 October, and will be available via the Nick Play App.