To this day, our sister will NOT get into an indoor swimming poll, and this episode is one hundred percent to blame. Why? The terrifying skeleton demon that pops out of the drain, of course! Big ups to Are You Afraid of the Dark writers for showing us that there’s something even worse than the kid who pees in the pool. This tale centers around the exploits of Zeke, a teenage nerd who yearns to get close to Clorice (chlorine pun?), the super-cute captain of the swim team. In exchange for teaching her chemistry, she opts to give him swimming lessons. Letting our crush see us flailing around in our bathing suit is our personal high school nightmare, but well-played all the same, Zeke! Eager to impress, he leads her to the school’s abandoned swimming pool (which is still mysteriously filled with water) to begin the lessons. But the pool has been hidden for a good reason: It was built on top of an old graveyard, and now the spirits are angrier than a lifeguard after your cannonball gets them wet (translation: they’re pissed). Enter this horrifying creature seen above. But in the end, Zeke uses his chemistry skills/nerd-dom to defeat the evil skela-zombie, get the girl, and learn how to doggie paddle.
This episode is by far the scariest episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark. Seriously, it is so scary that even now, we’re too scared to re-watch it for the sake of this blog post. All we remember (way too vividly, if you ask us) is that a girl goes through a mirror to find a young ghost living on the other side. Once she enters the mirror you can see the words “HELP ME HELP ME HELP ME” scrawled across every square inch of wall space. The jerk of a ghost tries to trap our heroine inside the mirror so she herself can escape. We have no idea how this episode ends and are honestly too afraid to watch it. Even thinking about it right now has us on the verge of tears.