A few years ago I hauled season one of Are You Afraid of the Dark on dvd. Growing up, this show was a big deal. Every Saturday night, my sister, brother and I would get our blankets..go sit in the living room and tune into Snick (Saturday night on Nickelodeon) to watch their Saturday night line up. Are You Afraid of the Dark was one of the shows they played and we watched faithfully, every weekend to see what story the Midnight Society was going to tell..
My favorite, to this day, is The Tale of the Prom Queen.
These two high school guys are playing around in their local cemetery when they meet this girl named DiDi. They become friends and convince DiDi to help them in their pursuit in seeing if this local Legend is true or not. Supposedly back in the 1950s, a local girl was waiting for her prom date to pick her up when he ran her over on accident before days later, driving himself into a local lake and drowning.
The kids do their research in the library and learn that the legend is true. A girl named Judie was killed back in 1956 accidentally by her boyfriend. #Spoilers the boys eventually learn that the girl they’ve been hanging out, DiDi, is the nickname for Judie..who has been with them all this time. The only way she could leave the cemetery is if someone took her with them. She needed to do the digging to find out what happened to her boyfriend. Why he never showed up.
Rewatching Judie get in her boyfriend’s 1950 something chevy after all these years, still fueled my ghost loving, romance loving heart just as much now as it did then. Rewatching it was so nostalgic and just reminded me of how much of a hopeless romantic I’ve always been. As a kid, I loved horror, so much..but even then I always loved if there was some kind of romance woven into the story. My ghost loving heart loved so hard, the thought of this ghost girl, every year waiting for her boyfriend to finally come and get her to go to prom. After this episode, anytime I heard In The Still of the Night by The Five Satins I associated it with Judie and ghost boo driving (finally) out of the cemetery to prom.
It’s cool experiencing this show now with my kids. They haven’t gravitated to it as much as some of the other shows from my childhood I’ve introduced them to, but I’m working on it. Bit by bit.
If you were a fan of Are You Afraid of the Dark, what was your favorite episode?