If you were a kid in the nineties and your parents weren't too strict about Nickelodeon's Y7 rating, you probably went to bed with the terrifying tales from the Midnight Society plaguing your restless mind. Are You Afraid of the Dark? was honestly an extremely disturbing show for kids, but that's exactly what I loved about it. Between faceless aliens, invisible pool monsters, and that chilling opening sequence, Are You Afraid of the Dark has stayed with me for over 20 years.
Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, I call this story...The Tale of the Grown-up Cast.
Gary - Ross Hull
As the leader of the Midnight Society, Gary had the strongest interest in magic and the supernatural, which is probably why he clocked the most episodes.
Following his departure from Are You Afraid of the Dark, Ross Hull starred in a Saved by the Bell-style Canadian sitcom called Student Bodies. He then took time to get degrees in Meteorology and Radio and Television Arts before becoming a weather personality in 2005. He's been a weather anchor for multiple Canadian channels since then and now works for Global Toronto.
Betty Ann - Raine Pare-Coull
Shy and unassuming Betty Ann always told the most distressing stories with cynical, dark twists at the end, so obviously she was my favorite.
After leaving the Midnight Society, Raine Pare-Coull had a couple small roles in shows like Flash Forward and The Morgan Waters Show. Sadly, she hasn't done much TV since then, but she allegedly works in scheduling at CBC, a Canadian news network.
Jodie Resther - Kiki
Kiki, with her spunky, take-no-sh*t attitude, shared the kind of stories that involved learning from your mistakes and staying prudent to avoid the forces of evil.
In the greatest bit of news I learned today, Jodie Resther went on to voice Francine in Arthur, and I'm setting the Ghastly Grinner on myself for never realizing this before. She's also dipped her toe in music, using her distinctive voice for an R&B album called Real and a French record called Ma Dualité.
Tucker - Daniel DeSanto
Apparently Tucker was not a member of the original cast, but Gary's precocious little brother was such a memorable presence, I had to include him.
Since then, you've probably recognized Daniel DeSanto's voice as Carlos on another amazing childhood show, The Magic Schoolbus. He's probably best-known for his role as Jason in Mean Girls (the guy who asks, "Do you want your muffin buttered?"). He's also voiced characters in Braceface, Beyblade, and Totally Spies.
Frank - Jason Alisharan
Frank didn't really have a running theme through his spooky stories, but his antics with Kiki and Tucker at the campfire made him a welcome addition.
After leaving the show, Jason Alisharan only appeared in a couple things, the TV movie The Halfback of Notre Dame and one episode of Breaker High. In 2010, he told an interviewer that he's been working behind the scenes at DreamWorks and worked on films like Transformers and She's the Man. He co-produced A Single Man starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore.
Kristen - Rachel Blanchard
A fan of ghost stories of unfinished business, Kristen was one of the earliest Midnight Society members to leave, but the actress Rachel Blanchard went on to have a pretty solid career.
After AYAOTD, Blanchard landed the starring role of Cher Horowitz in the Clueless TV show. Her comedic career picked up after that, and she appeared in the films Road Trip, Sugar & Spice, and Without a Paddle. She had a multi-season role on 7th Heaven, and she even got a role in the instant classic Snakes on a Plane. Blanchard also appeared in programs from across the pond like Peep Show and Flight of the Conchords.
Her most recent role was Kitty Nygaard in the critically acclaimed TV drama [Fargo](series:1076400).
David - Nathaniel Moreau
Like Kristen, David moved away after the show's second season, but not before freaking us out with tales of normal people dealing with the dark forces inside of them.
Since departing the Midnight Society, Nathaniel Moreau had small roles in Tales from the Cryptkeeper, A Haunting Harmony, and Street Legal before starring in Kung Fu: The Legend Continues with David Carradine. That series wrapped in 1996, and sadly, there's been no other word from him in movies or online. Hopefully he didn't wander into any dollhouses.
Sam - JoAnna García Swisher
With an unquestionable crush on Gary, Sam's stories tended to deal with love and how it can push beyond the boundaries of reality and death.
JoAnna García Swisher has been mainstay on TV ever since, appearing in Freaks and Geeks, Privileged, Gossip Girl, Royal Pains, [The Mindy Project](series:722142), and Reba, where she starred as eldest daughter Cheyenne. She also made a name for herself in the comedy movies of the early 2000s, like American Pie 2 and Not Another Teen Movie. These days, you might recognize her as the Disney Princess Arile on [Once Upon a Time](series:720994).