Submitted For Your Approval: The 10 Scariest Episodes Of Are You Afraid Of The Dark?


4. “The Tale of the Ghastly Grinner” (Series 4, Episode 9)


Look at that face. LOOK AT IT! What the hell, Nickelodeon!? You are looking into the eyes of the Ghastly Grinner, an evil comic book character bent on making life for young Ethan a living hell. It all started when the boy went to the opening of a new comic book store in town. The store’s owners gifted him a one-of-a-kind comic featuring this freakshow above, who causes people to laugh uncontrollably and spit up blue goo. Gross. Before putting the rare collector’s item with the rest of his memorabilia, Ethan accidentally spills water on it. Instead of wiping the mess up with a towel like a normal human, he decides to microwave the comic book….because, sure. But it’s bad news for Ethan, because the radiation somehow brings the comic book villain to life! After the Ghastly Grinner starts freaking people out all over town, Ethan takes matters into his own hands by creating a new comic book to defeat the Grinner. But the bumbling kid somehow manages to get trapped inside (d’oh!), bringing him once again face to face with the gut-busting villain.


3. “The Tale of Laughing In The Dark” (Season 1, Episode 2)


Clowns are the worst. How much more evidence does the world need? Well, just watch this charming episode! It’s only the second in the show’s history, but they’ve already cracked the code on how to royally creep out an entire generation of kids, and also taint carnivals for us forever. The tale dates back to the Great Depression, when scheming Zeebo the Clown steals cash from the carnival payroll. On the lam, he hides out in the funhouse, which he then accidentally burns to the ground with his cigar ash. By all appearances, the clown felon goes up in smoke as well. Bummer. The carnival rebuilds the structure, sticking a dummy of Zeebo inside as a memorial to the dude who robbed them (very weird). Flash forward to the good ol’ ’90s,when a little punk named Josh decides to swipe Zeebo’s nose in an effort to prove he isn’t afraid of the local legend that the funhouse is haunted. But he should be. Because soon he is visited by the ghost of Zeebo, who begins terrorizing Josh at his home and making threatening phone calls. The clown got his nose back in the end, but we’re still looking for our innocence.

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