ByJonathan Edward Weaver II, writer at
Writer/Podcaster at Joncast

Remember all those shows that haunted your dreams growing up? Well in this list I will detail the top five shows that genuinely left an impact on my life and many kids growing up in the '90s. Let's take a look at the shocking and often horrifying shows that crept into our dreams at night and made us use a nightlight.

5. Aaahh!!! Real Monsters

This classic cartoon was filled to the brim with monsters. It was almost a creepier version of Monsters, Inc. way before Monsters, Inc. was even a thing. The show followed a group of monster friends named Ickis, Oblina and Krum as they went on their crazy adventures learning how to be the scariest monster they could be. All while attending a school led by The Gromble, who was never in a good mood with these little monsters. While this show wasn't as scary as some on this list, it definitely was a bit frightening.

4. So Weird

So Weird was pretty much the X-Files for kids. Debuting at the end of the '90s in 1999, this show quickly became one of my favorites. The main character Fiona "Fi" Phillips starts her own website called So Weird, on which she actively searches for paranormal things as she traveled with her rock star mom Molly Phillips (played by real-life musician and actress Mackenzie Phillips). The show was based around Molly Phillips touring and Fi and her friends looking for the paranormal. There was also an overarching theme of Fi trying to find the spirit of her dad who died when she was three. This show gave me spooks and was great addition to my childhood.

3. Eerie, Indiana

Eerie, Indiana would be in the top position if there wasn't two more shows that literally gave me nightmares. This show delved deep into horror and science fiction. The show starts with Marshall Teller moving into the strange town of Eerie, Indiana. After meeting what seems to be the most normal kid in town, Simon Holmes, they are confronted with some of the strangest scenarios. One including a family who literally have lived since the '50s inside giant Tupperware containers. The show balanced horror, science fiction with a dose of humor every week.

2. Goosebumps

How can anyone forget this show from the '90s? Goosebumps books and the show were all the rage growing up. I read every book an eagerly anticipated the adaptions on the TV show. Created by R.L. Stein, each story took you into a strange new world. Unlike the previous shows, this one never really had a continuation, except for a few sequels like Night of the Living Dummy or The Haunted Mask. While most shows of that era would end happy, often the shows would end on a not-so-happy note. Truly bringing horror to children's imaginations, this show fueled my nightmares for years. It for sure created an unnatural fear of gnomes. Recently, Jack Black took on the role of R.L. Stine for a new movie, which was decent, but still couldn't hold a candle to the scares Goosebumps brought to us in the '90s.

1. Are You Afraid Of The Dark?

If you didn't watch this show growing up then be thankful for all the nightmares you didn't have. A Canadian transplant show that made its way onto Nickelodeon's SNICK lineup to scares us kids for years. From hospital vampires to magicians with funny names, this show had it all. The stories were all told by a group of teens who called themselves "The Midnight Society." Each night one would start off with a teaser of the story and then begin the show by throwing magic dust (actually dairy creamer) into the fire and then the title of the story would appear. Each story was unique and truly every episode had something that would frighten our little minds.

The '90s were a great time for horror-themed kids show and I hope to see some of these come back as a reboot. For now, if we want to revisit these shows we will have to order old DVDs or hope that someone has put it on YouTube. If your favorite horror kids show didn't make the list, post them in the comments.


What was your favorite '90s horror show for kids?


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