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How to watch ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Ghost Island’: Time, TV channel, live stream
- Published: Jul. 29, 2022, 5:00 p.m.
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There are monsters under your bed, ghosts in your closet, and there’s someone living in your walls. These could be childish horror stories but can you handle it?
“Are You Afraid of the Dark? Ghost Island” premieres on Saturday, July 30 (7/30/2022) at 7 p.m. ET. It can be live streamed on DirecTV Stream , Philo , and other live streaming services listed below.
Well, are you afraid of the dark? Tune in to find out
When does “Are You Afraid of the Dark? Ghost Island” air?
The show premiers on Saturday, July 30 at 7 p.m. ET.
The episode will be two hours long and the remaining episodes will air on Saturday, August 6, and August 13.
Where can I stream the show?
You can watch “Are You Afraid of the Dark? Ghost Island” on DirecTV Stream , Philo , fuboTV , Sling , Vidgo , Hulu + Live TV , and YouTubeTV .
What TV channel is the show?
“Are You Afraid of the Dark? Ghost Island” will be on Nickelodeon.
Channel finder: Verizon Fios , AT&T TV , Comcast Xfinity , Spectrum/Charter , Optimum/Altice , Cox , DIRECTV , Dish .
What is the first episode about?
According to the official synopsis, “‘The Tale of Room 13/The Tale of the Teen Spirit,’ four best friends get more than they bargained for and encounter genuine terror locked away in one of the rooms after checking into a hotel on a resort island. Then, as the kids try to enjoy summer vacation, they are pulled back into the mystery of the island’s ghosts, ultimately leading them to a terrifying and shocking revelation.”
What is “Are You Afraid of the Dark? Ghost Island” about?
According to Nickelodeon , “A group of kids calling themselves the Midnight Society meet every week around a campfire to tell terrifying horror stories. But their love of all things scary is put to the test when the real world starts to become as spooky as one of their tales.”
Who is in the cast?
- Telci Huynh
- Conner Sherry
- Luca Padovan
- Dior Goodjohn
- Chance Hurstfield
- Julian Curtis
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67 Ghost TV & Streaming Shows Ranked
Do ghost stories make for good TV? You boo -tter believe it.
Whether it’s spooky dramas like Netflix newcomer The Fall of the House of Usher (releasing Friday) and 15-season horror stalwart Supernatural or comedies like short-lived, but Certified Fresh Truth Seekers and, well, Ghosts ( US and UK versions), many a dearly departed character’s favorite medium is television. And, yes, this includes the Patricia Arquette–starring TV show Medium .
But ghosts do have the power to show up in unexpected places. Shows like Lost and Angel saw their share of spirits, while kinder apparitions offered guiding advice on nighttime dramas like Providence and A Gifted Man and in teen programs like Julie and the Phantoms . Ghosts are also popular storylines on soap operas like General Hospital (although some daytime soaps use that narrative device more than others) and have conjured a whole genre of reality TV, but we’ll save those discussions for another list.
Rotten Tomatoes has compiled the best and worst ghost stories on TV and streaming and some that don’t have Tomatometer scores, but need to appear on any “ghostly TV” list worth the claim. While the series don’t have to solely focus on ghosts to be included, they do have to routinely include storylines about them.
The series are ranked by Tomatometer score, then shows without Tomatometer scores are listed by Audience Score (denoted by “A” and its rank; see Audience Scores on the series’ pages). Those without any scores — either because they didn’t get enough reviews or have scores on less than half of their seasons — are then listed alphabetically.
Being Human (2008) 100%
Ghosts (2021) 96%
Ghosts (2019) 95%
Marianne (2019) 94%
Supernatural (2005) 93%
The Haunting of Hill House (2018) 93%
Julie and the Phantoms (2020) 93%
Lockwood & Co. (2023) 93%
The Fall of the House of Usher (2023) 91%
The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020) 88%
Angel (1999) 87%
The Kingdom Exodus (2022) 87%
The Umbrella Academy (2019) 86%
Lost (2004) 86%
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) 85%
The Adventures of Merlin (2008) 85%
Dead Like Me (2003) 84%
School Spirits (2023) 83%
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018) 82%
Being Human (2011) 77%
Ravenswood (2013) 75%
Truth Seekers (2020) 74%
Wednesday (2022) 72%
Constantine (2014) 72%
Shining Vale (2022) 71%
The InBetween (2019) 67%
A Gifted Man (2011) 66%
American Gothic (1995) 63%
Midnight, Texas (2017) 61%
Haunted (2002) 54%
Not Dead Yet (2023) 50%
Dark Shadows (1991) 50%
Bedlam (2011) 44%
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Saving Hope (2012) --
The Ghost and Molly McGee (2021) --
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A Christmas Carol (2019) --
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Deadbeat (2014) --
Ghostwriter (2019) --
Medium (2005) --
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Kindred Spirits (2016) --
Kingdom Hospital (2004) --
Poltergeist: The Legacy (1996) --
Providence (1999) --
So haunt me (1992) --.
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Are You Afraid Of The Dark? GHOST ISLAND Coming To Nickelodeon
Are You Afraid Of The Dark? will be coming back with the third part of the horror miniseries with new members of the Midnight society which includes Kayla (Telci Huynh), Max (Conor Sherry), Leo (Luca Padovan), Summer (Dior Goodjohn) and Ferris (Chance Hurstfield) in “Ghost Island.” We will be getting four episode that will be an hour each about this new group of kids as they learn about something haunting the guests on the resort island that they have having their summer vacation on. While we don’t have a specific date for the installment we are eagerly awaiting meeting this new society.
We have loved the first two chapters of Are You Afraid Of The Dark? as a family watch and the story in “Ghost Island” sounds great and with the filming being done in the Dominican Republic this resort island should film well. This should premiere sometime later in the year on Nickelodeon.
NICKELODEON BEGINS PRODUCTION ON ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?: GHOST ISLAND, THIRD CHAPTER OF BELOVED HORROR ANTHOLOGY MINISERIES All-New Cast Members of the Midnight Society Revealed Share it: @Nickelodeon #AreYouAfraidOfTheDark Nickelodeon’s beloved horror anthology miniseries Are You Afraid of the Dark? will return for a third chapter with all-new members of the Midnight Society, as they gather around the campfire to share another spooky story. Titled Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Ghost Island (four hour-long episodes), season three will follow this new group of kids as they go on what they thought would be a fun summer vacation on a resort island, until they learn about something sinister haunting the guests. Produced by ACE Entertainment, Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Ghost Island has begun production in the Dominican Republic and is slated to premiere later this year on Nickelodeon. The news was announced today by Brian Robbins, President & Chief Executive Officer, Paramount Pictures & Nickelodeon, and Chief Content Officer, Movies and Kids & Family, Paramount+, at Nickelodeon’s annual upfront presentation held at New York City’s Palladium Times Square. “Are You Afraid of the Dark? is a show that we love to make just as much as the fans love to watch it,” said Shauna Phelan, Co-Head of Nickelodeon & Awesomeness Live-Action. “With this incredibly creative, elevated and award-winning team, we’re thrilled to introduce a new Midnight Society navigating a haunted tropical island mystery.” The new members of the Midnight Society are: Kayla, played by Telci Huynh (Modern Love, Drama Club); Max, played by Conor Sherry (The Terminal List, The Devil You Know); Leo, played by Luca Padovan (You, “School of Rock the Musical” on Broadway); Summer, played by Dior Goodjohn (Head of the Class); and Ferris, played by Chance Hurstfield (A Million Little Things, Good Boys). Julian Curtis (Wish Man) also stars as Stanley Crane, the hotel manager at the island resort. Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Ghost Island follows last year’s six-part season, Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Curse of the Shadows, which aired during 1Q21 and was cable TV’s number-three live-action show with Kids 6-11 (behind #1 Danger Force and #2 Side Hustle). The second season of the anthology series saw a different Midnight Society group of kids tell a terrifying tale about a curse that had been cast over their small seaside town, haunted by a villain named the Shadowman. The series has recently received a Writers Guild Award and nominations from the Directors Guild Awards and Artios Awards. Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Ghost Island is produced by ACE Entertainment (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before franchise, The Perfect Date) with ACE founder Matt Kaplan and Chris Foss serving as executive producers and Paul Kim as co-executive producer. JT Billings (Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Curse of the Shadows, Panic) serves as executive producer and showrunner. Dean Israelite (Power Rangers, Project Almanac) also serves as executive producer and director for the series. Production of Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Ghost Island for Nickelodeon is overseen by Shauna Phelan and Zack Olin, Co-Heads of Nickelodeon & Awesomeness Live-Action. Brian Banks serves as Nickelodeon’s Executive in Charge of Production for the series. One of Nickelodeon’s most iconic series from the ‘90s, the original Are You Afraid of the Dark? delivered riveting stories of horror to young audiences, all from a kid’s perspective. The original Are You Afraid of the Dark? is owned by DHX and was created by D.J. MacHale and Ned Kandel, who are also executive producers on the current project.
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The Top 35 Nickelodeon Shows of All- Time
These are the top 35 shows that have aired on the Nickelodeon Channel
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1. All That (1994–2020)
TV-Y7 | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Music
A zany sketch comedy featuring many wacky characters hosted for kids and by kids.
Stars: Amanda Bynes , Nick Cannon , Kenan Thompson , Soup
2. Rugrats (1991–2006)
TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
The cartoon misadventures of four babies and their snotty older cousin as they face the things in life they don't understand.
Stars: Elizabeth Daily , Christine Cavanaugh , Nancy Cartwright , Kath Soucie
3. SpongeBob SquarePants (1999– )
TV-Y7 | 23 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
The misadventures of a talking sea sponge who works at a fast food restaurant, attends a boating school, and lives in an underwater pineapple.
Stars: Tom Kenny , Rodger Bumpass , Bill Fagerbakke , Clancy Brown
4. Hey Arnold! (1996–2004)
TV-Y7 | 15 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
The everyday life of Arnold, a fourth-grader in a nameless city that resembles Brooklyn, New York, who lives in a multi-racial boarding house with his grandparents and a motley assortment of friends and neighbors.
Stars: Francesca Marie Smith , Jamil Walker Smith , Dan Castellaneta , Justin Shenkarow
5. The Amanda Show (1999–2002)
TV-Y7 | 30 min | Comedy, Family
A comedy sketch show centered around All That (1994) alum Amanda Bynes .
Stars: Amanda Bynes , Drake Bell , Nancy Sullivan , John Kassir
6. Kenan & Kel (1996–2023)
TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family
Kenan and Kel: two best friends who live in Chicago are always dragged down by Kenan's get rich quick schemes while orange soda-loving buddy Kel is dragged along but tends to mess things up.
Stars: Kenan Thompson , Kel Mitchell , Ken Foree , Teal Marchande
7. Clarissa Explains It All (1991–1994)
As events unfold in her life, Clarissa explains to the viewer the motivations behind people's actions.
Stars: Melissa Joan Hart , Jason Zimbler , Elizabeth Hess , Joe O'Connor
8. Drake & Josh (2004–2007)
TV-Y7 | 23 min | Comedy, Family
Two teenagers become step brothers. One is an awkward geek and the other is a popular musician.
Stars: Drake Bell , Josh Peck , Miranda Cosgrove , Nancy Sullivan
9. Doug (1991–1994)
TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
The life of a young boy as he meets friends, falls in love, maneuvers his way through grade 6 and writes all about it in his journal.
Stars: Billy West , Fred Newman , Constance Shulman , Doug Preis
10. iCarly (2007–2012)
TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Romance
Carly hosts her own home-grown web show, iCarly, Carly and sidekick Sam's regular webcasts ultimately feature everything from comedy sketches and talent contests to interviews, recipes, and problem-solving.
Stars: Miranda Cosgrove , Jerry Trainor , Jennette McCurdy , Nathan Kress
11. CatDog (1998–2005)
TV-Y | 23 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
The comic misadventures of a tidy, refined Cat and a goofy, uncouth Dog joined at the abdomen.
Stars: Jim Cummings , Tom Kenny , Carlos Alazraqui , Billy West
12. The Wild Thornberrys (1998–2004)
The life of an adventurous family from the point of view of an eleven-year-old girl gifted with animal language.
Stars: Lacey Chabert , Jodi Carlisle , Tim Curry , Danielle Harris
13. Rocket Power (1999–2004)
TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
Four friends and their daily lives of playing extreme sports, surfing, and getting into some crazy situations.
Stars: Joseph Ashton , Shayna Fox , John Kassir , Ray Bumatai
14. The Brothers Garcia (2000–2004)
The comic foibles of a Mexican-American family in San Antonio, Texas, US. New episodes starring Carlos Lacamara and Ada Maris were aired in 2022 on HBO Max under the title The Garcias (2022).
Stars: Alvin Alvarez , Vaneza Leza Pitynski , Bobby Gonzalez , Jeffrey Licon
15. The Fairly OddParents (2001–2017)
After being tortured and humiliated by his babysitter, a ten year old boy is put under the care of two fairy godparents, who can grant him almost any wish, which leads to dire consequences.
Stars: Tara Strong , Susanne Blakeslee , Daran Norris , Carlos Alazraqui
17. Hey Dude (1989–1991)
TV-Y | 30 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
A group of friends work together with their boss at a dude ranch and go through many fun moments and mishaps along the way.
Stars: David Brisbin , Kelly Brown , Debi Kalman , Christine Taylor
18. The Angry Beavers (1997–2001)
TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
The wacky and sometimes surreal adventures of Norbert and Daggett Beaver.
Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz , Nick Bakay , Rick Logan , Charlie Brissette
19. Zoey 101 (2005–2008)
TV-Y7 | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
Zoey Brooks and her brother, Dustin, attend their first day at Pacific Coast Academy, a private boarding school that enrolls girls for the first time in its history.
Stars: Jamie Lynn Spears , Paul Butcher , Christopher Massey , Erin Sanders
20. My Brother and Me (1994–1995)
TV-Y | 30 min | Comedy, Family
Alfie and Dee-Dee experience how life affects them with different aspects each day, such as learning life lessons.
Stars: Arthur Reggie III , Ralph Woolfolk IV , Jimmy Lee Newman , Aisling Sistrunk
21. As Told by Ginger (2000–2009)
TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Drama, Family
The TV cartoon follows a preteen girl named Ginger Foutley, along with two friends, as they try to fit in social life as well in school and try to avoid any embarrassments.
Stars: Melissa Disney , Jeannie Elias , Tress MacNeille , Aspen Vincent
22. The Adventures of Pete & Pete (1992–1996)
TV-Y | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
This delightfully quirky show looks at the lives and adventures of two red-headed brothers with the same name.
Stars: Michael C. Maronna , Danny Tamberelli , Judy Grafe , Alison Fanelli
23. The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991–1996)
Ren, a psychotic Chihuahua, and Stimpson J. Cat, a dimwitted Manx cat who goes by the nickname Stimpy, have a host of unusual adventures.
Stars: John Kricfalusi , Billy West , Harris Peet , Bob Camp
24. Rocko's Modern Life (1993–1996)
TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
The wacky misadventures of an Australian wallaby and his friends as he finishes his transition to American life.
Stars: Carlos Alazraqui , Tom Kenny , Charlie Adler , Mr. Lawrence
25. Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005–2008)
TV-Y7-FV | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
In a war-torn world of elemental magic, a young boy reawakens to undertake a dangerous mystic quest to fulfill his destiny as the Avatar, and bring peace to the world.
Stars: Dee Bradley Baker , Zach Tyler Eisen , Mae Whitman , Jack De Sena
26. Taina (2001–2002)
Fifteen-year-old Taina Morales dreams of being a singer and actor, and must juggle family values and friends while attending the Manhattan School for the Performing Arts.
Stars: Christina Vidal , Khaliah Adams , Christopher Knowings , David Oliver Cohen
27. Danny Phantom (2003–2007)
TV-Y7-FV | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Season Three Coming to Nickelodeon in July (Watch)
by Regina Avalos, June 25, 2022
Are You Afraid of the Dark? is returning for a third season on Nickelodeon in July. The cable channel has released a trailer teasing the new season which is subtitled Ghost Island . Telci Huynh, Conor Sherry, Luca Padovan, Dior Goodjohn, Chance Hurstfield, and Julian Curtis will play a new Midnight Society and a mystery that unfolds during their summer vacation.
Nickelodeon revealed more about the return of the series in a press release.
“Nickelodeon revealed the teaser for its highly anticipated Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Ghost Island , the third chapter of the beloved horror anthology miniseries based on the ’90s kids’ cult classic. Produced by ACE Entertainment, the limited series will debut with a two-hour episode on Saturday, July 30, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon, with the remaining episodes airing Saturday, Aug. 6, and Aug. 13, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT). Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Ghost Island follows an all-new Midnight Society as they go on what they thought would be a fun summer vacation on a resort island, until they learn about something sinister haunting the guests. In the just-released teaser, viewers are introduced to the new members of the Midnight Society and get a glimpse at the horrors that await them on their vacation. In the premiere episode, “The Tale of Room 13/The Tale of the Teen Spirit,” four best friends get more than they bargained for and encounter genuine terror locked away in one of the rooms after checking into a hotel on a resort island. Then, as the kids try to enjoy summer vacation, they are pulled back into the mystery of the island’s ghosts, ultimately leading them to a terrifying and shocking revelation. The new members of the Midnight Society are: Kayla, played by Telci Huynh (Modern Love, Drama Club); Max, played by Conor Sherry (The Terminal List, The Devil You Know); Leo, played by Luca Padovan (You, School of Rock the Musical on Broadway); Summer, played by Dior Goodjohn (Head of the Class); and Ferris, played by Chance Hurstfield (A Million Little Things, Good Boys). Julian Curtis (Wish Man) also stars as Stanley Crane, the hotel manager at the island resort. Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Ghost Island follows last year’s six-part season, Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Curse of the Shadows, which aired during 1Q21 and was cable TV’s number-three live-action show with Kids 6-11 (behind #1 Danger Force and #2 Side Hustle). The second season of the anthology series saw a different Midnight Society group of kids tell a terrifying tale about a curse that had been cast over their small seaside town, haunted by a villain named the Shadowman. The series has recently received a Writers Guild Award and nominations from the Directors Guild Awards and Artios Awards. Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Ghost Island is produced by ACE Entertainment (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before franchise, The Perfect Date), with ACE founder Matt Kaplan and Chris Foss serving as executive producers and Paul Kim as co-executive producer. JT Billings (Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Curse of the Shadows, Panic) serves as executive producer and showrunner. Dean Israelite (Power Rangers, Project Almanac) also serves as executive producer and director for the series. Production of Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Ghost Island for Nickelodeon is overseen by Shauna Phelan and Zack Olin, Co-Heads of Nickelodeon & Awesomeness Live-Action. Brian Banks serves as Nickelodeon’s Executive in Charge of Production for the series.”
Check out the trailer for Are You Afraid of the Dark? season three below.
What do you think? Are you excited about the return of Are You Afraid of the Dark? later this summer?
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Nickelodeon renews 'Are You Afraid of the Dark?' reboot for third season
The Midnight Society will return in Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Ghost Island .
Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society: The Tale of the Television Renewal. OoOoOoOo, spooky! Nickelodeon's Are You Afraid of the Dark? reboot will return in a third season, the kid-friendly network announced this week .
Officially subtitled Ghost Island , the four-episode season is said to feature "all-new members of the Midnight Society, as they gather around the campfire to share another spooky story," reads the synopsis. This particular tale (guaranteed to raise the hairs on the back of your neck) revolves around a seemingly idyllic summer vacation resort, where something sinister starts haunting the guests.
Deadline confirmed the fresh cast members as Kayla (Telci Huynh); Max (Conor Sherry), Leo (Luca Padovan), Summer (Dior Goodjohn), and Ferris (Chance Hurstfield). Julian Curtis rounds out the ensemble as Stanley Crane, the hotel's shady manager.
“We didn’t stop doing everything we could these last two years to keep moving forward with this beloved brand and strong business, and to make sure we were giving kids and families the very best stories and most relatable characters during such a hard period of uncertainty," Brian Robbins, President & Chief Executive Officer of Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon, and Chief Content Officer, Movies and Kids & Family, Paramount+, said in a statement.
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Revisiting 1990s Nickelodeon Halloween Specials
Nickelodeon has been the foundation for iconic Halloween specials for decades. But nothing beats the Halloween specials it aired in the 1990s.
- Nickelodeon's 90s Halloween specials helped capture the essence of what made Halloween entertaining for young audiences.
- Nickelodeon's Halloween specials from shows like Rugrats, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters and Hey Arnold! all balanced spooky moments with the fun of innocence.
- Nickelodeon's live-action Halloween specials on shows like Clarissa Explains It All and The Adventures of Pete and Pete showed that the animated quirkiness of other shows could easily translate to spooky live-action entertainment.
There is no time of the year as mysteriously enchanting as the Halloween season. For TV viewers who grew up in the 1990s, Nickelodeon was the go-to network for Halloween specials -- both animated and live-action alike. Shows like The Adventures of Pete and Pete, Doug, Rugrats , and Hey Arnold! are just a few of the common programs Nickelodeon rolled out that helped define the Halloween experience for so many.
There's a reason these specials still resonate with audiences today. Nickelodeon specials found a way to encapsulate that unforgettable feeling of a crisp Autumn night into a neat television format, mixing elements of "coming of age" fun with the spookiness that goes hand-in-hand with the holiday. To this day, many will argue that Halloween doesn't feel the same without revisiting these particular 90s specials. There's truly no better way to celebrate the Halloween season than with these spooky Nickelodeon specials.
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Nickelodeon Produced the Most Timeless Animated Halloween Specials
Animation has always been an important aspect of Nickelodeon's programming, and that was certainly the case in the 1990s. The network made great use of the medium during the Halloween season especially. One of the earliest examples of Nickelodeon delivering a memorable Halloween cartoon came in the 1992 Rugrats episode "Candy Bar Creep Show," where Tommy, Phil, Lil and Chucky attempt to sneak into the haunted house their parents set up for trick-or-treaters. Two years later came the classic "Doug's Halloween Adventure" from the show Doug . Both of these specials represent the innocence of a childhood Halloween by reminding viewers of the fun a little harmless mischief can result in.
1994 also saw the debut episode of Aaahh!!! Real Monsters' "The Switching Hour" air a few short days before Halloween night. Aaahh!!! Real Monsters became synonymous with the Halloween season from that point on, with its colorful cast of monster characters and its extremely grungy approach to animation. While Rugrats and Doug got Nickelodeon started with the Halloween specials, it really was "The Switching Hour" that cemented the network as the must-see channel to tune into during the spooky season. Episodes like "The Day the World Got Really Screwed Up" from The Angry Beavers or "The Night Before" from Rocket Power owe a lot to Aaahh!!! Real Monsters setting the tone.
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Nickelodeon Halloween Specials Had Something For All Ages
Nickelodeon reached new heights, however, with 1997's iconic Halloween special "Arnold's Halloween" from Hey Arnold! In this episode, Arnold and his classmates aim to scare the adults of the city by staging an alien invasion -- much like Orson Welles' 1938 broadcast of The War of the Worlds , which was believed to be real by many radio listeners. Not only is "Arnold's Halloween" a classic Halloween special, but it also encapsulates the best of Hey Arnold! in its characterizations and the interweaving storylines that span the whole of the city. Hey Arnold! did great with its holiday specials, as seen both here and in 1996's Arnold's Christmas -- which helped solidify Nickelodeon as a titan in seasonal specials.
It would be remiss not to mention Nickelodeon's block of programming designed for younger viewers, Nick Jr., and the output it delivered for Halloween. Little Bear , one of Nick Jr.'s most memorable shows, had three well-received Halloween specials -- "How to Scare Ghosts" (1997), "Goblin Night" (1998) and "Little Goblin Bear" (1999). Franklin -- which followed the unforgettable protagonist Franklin, the turtle -- delivered "Franklin's Halloween," which found the determined little turtle tasked with entering a haunted house alone after his friend, Bear, had fallen ill. And then, of course, there was Blue's Clues, which brought youngsters the special "What is Blue Afraid Of?" in 1997 and followed that up with "Blue's Big Costume Party" in 2000.
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Live-Action Halloween Specials Were Staples of the Season
Animation wasn't the only avenue Nickelodeon took when delivering Halloween specials to their viewers. Live-action may have been slightly less prominent on the network during the 90s, but what live-action there was undoubtedly resonated in the memories of 90s kids. In 1991, Clarissa Explains It All delivered "Haunted House," where quintessential 90s icon Clarissa Darling attempts to scare her overbearing aunt so that she ends her visit early before realizing they share an interest in the supernatural. Less-known Nickelodeon show Salute Your Shorts also released "Zeke the Plumber" the same year, where campers at Camp Anawanna get scared by a story about Zeke, an admittedly horrifying ghost who intrudes on kids' dreams and sucks their secrets out using a plunger.
Similar to the way Hey Arnold! delivered one of the more memorable animated Halloween specials for Nickelodeon, The Adventures of Pete and Pete did the same for live-action. In 1994's "Halloweenie," Big Pete attempts to leave trick-or-treating in the past despite Little Pete's love for the holiday. This is in part because Endless Mike -- the resident bully -- leads a group of pumpkin-wearing mischief-makers who call themselves the Pumpkin Eaters. With a reputation for terrorizing the streets of Wellsville every Halloween and smashing any pumpkin they find, Pete feels it best to avoid the situation altogether. By the end, Pete and Pete are able to overcome the Pumpkin Eaters and the Wrigley brothers return to their normally-scheduled Halloween activities. The Adventures of Pete and Pete sums up the quirkiness of 90s Nickelodeon programming perfectly, and their take on the Halloween season stands the test of time.
Of course, a retrospective of Halloween on Nickelodeon wouldn't be complete without discussing Are You Afraid of the Dark? While most episodes of the horror anthology are appropriate watches for the Halloween season, the show did have specific Halloween specials as well. 1991's "The Tale of the Twisted Claw" was a retelling of the classic "monkey paw" folktale, 1992's "The Tale of the Laughing in the Dark" is an iconic episode where a kid steals the nose of an amusement park clown named Zeebo and is haunted by the clown the rest of the night, and "The Tale of the Midnight Ride" from 1994 is a modern take on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow . All these specials became staples of a 90s kid's Halloween and still prove to be a spooky enough watch all these years later.
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Nickelodeon Transformed the Halloween Experience for Kids in the 90s -- And Didn't Stop
Nickelodeon wasn't just known for its programming; the network was also famous for its brief transitions between episodes and ad breaks -- known as "bumpers" -- and their themed blocks of programming. In the month of October, Nickelodeon would often surround their shows with Halloween-themed bumpers -- effectively making it impossible not to get in the Halloween mood if one were to watch the channel. Several of Nickelodeon's most iconic images came from these bumpers, and any 90s kid can tell you exactly where they originated.
From 1985 to 2002, Nickelodeon hosted an evolving sweepstakes to give prizes away to their viewers. Its most prominent years came in 1994 and 1995 when kids were encouraged to call in and compete in an over-the-phone game show. They chose from 6 houses to "trick or treat" at, and depending on the number they chose, they'd receive a prize. These prizes ranged from Playskool's Cool Tools toy sets to a Sega Genesis video game console with a copy of the Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Genesis game, all the way to a brand-new TV. Nick or Treat -- specifically the 1994 and 1995 iterations -- remains nostalgic for bringing some of the darker Nickelodeon episodes to the forefront .
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Even still, while the focus is primarily on Nickelodeon's 1990s output, the network never stopped delivering top-notch Halloween content. Shows like Kenan & Kel , Spongebob Squarepants, Invader Zim and Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius continued the trend of Halloween specials in the early 2000s. In the 2010s, iCarly, Monsters vs. Aliens and School of Rock, among several others, joined the Halloween fray with their own Halloween specials.
It goes without saying that Nickelodeon has been the front-runner for children's Halloween content for decades -- and much of it can still be enjoyed by adults to this day. Over time, the Halloween season became extremely important to audiences in large part due to Nickelodeon creating an incredibly fun atmosphere around the holiday season. Whether it be the animated specials, the live-action specials or the incredible presentation the network continues to put forth for its Halloween programming, there is more than enough variety for any Halloween fan to enjoy. Halloween lovers have a lot to thank Nickelodeon for when it comes to the way Halloween is viewed in the modern day. Here's to hoping Nickelodeon continues its Halloween programming for decades to come.
CBS's Ghosts season 3: everything we know about the comedy
The ghosts of Woodstone Mansion are back for another season.
CBS apparently loves being haunted by the hilarious spirits on Ghosts , as the network is bringing back the comedy for another season. Ghosts season 3 is set to be a fixture of the CBS fall TV lineup alongside other comedies Young Sheldon , The Neighborhood and Bob Hearts Abishola on the network.
Ghosts , which is adapted from the BBC series of the same name, was one of the top four comedies on US TV during the 2022-2023 season, per CBS. Fans have certainly come to love the show’s cast of characters, including Sam, Jay, Isaac, Alberta, Pete, Trevor, Flower, Hetty, Thorfinn and Sasappis. Though with a cliffhanger ending to Ghosts season 2 , many may be wondering what lies in store for season 3?
We'll have to wait until the series premieres to know for sure what happens next, but here is what we do know about Ghosts season 3 right now.
Ghosts season 3 release date
At this time, we do not know when Ghosts season 3 is going to premiere on CBS, but there is some hope.
Ghosts season 3 did not arrive in fall 2023 as fans would have initially hoped because of the writers and actors' strike in Hollywood for new labor deals. The writers' strike has officially come to an end, meaning scripts for the sitcom can start being written. The actors and still on strike, however, but there is optimism that a deal could be reached in the near future.
In the meantime, the UK's Ghosts , which was the inspiration for the CBS sitcom, is going to make its US debut in November on CBS.
Ghosts season 3 plot
An official plot for Ghosts season 3 is not available, but the ending of Ghosts season 2 is going to have a major impact on what happens next for the comedy.
In the final moments of season 2, Sam and Jay notice a light from the house that means that one of the ghosts has been "sucked off," or has moved on into the next life. However, it is not shown who it is (Jay hopes it's Trevor).
Which ghost has moved on and what that'll mean for the rest of the characters is going to be a big thing for next season.
Ghosts season 3 cast
We don't know yet who got "sucked off," so it's hard to be sure who all in the Ghosts cast is definitely returning for season 3 until CBS sheds some light on that. Though we can be pretty confident that Sam McIver and Utkarsh Ambudkar are returning as Sam and Jay, given as living people, they aren't moving on to the next life.
As for the ghosts, they are played by Brandon Scott Jones (Isaac), Richie Moriarty (Pete), Danielle Pinnock (Alberta), Asher Grodman (Trevor), Sheila Carrasco (Flower), Rebecca Wisocky (Hetty), Roman Zaragoza (Sasappis), Devan Chandler Long (Thorfinn) and John Hartman (Nigel). Of those actors, only Hartman is not a series regular, which may mean that he is the most likely candidate to exit the show.
Ghosts season 3 trailer
No trailer for Ghosts season 3 has been released yet. We'll update this page when one is available.
How to watch Ghosts
Until Ghosts returns with new episodes on CBS, you can catch up with comedy series by streaming it on Paramount Plus .
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