If you grew up in the 90s, Are You Afraid of the Dark? was a weekly ritual. Even those who didn’t grow up in the 90s were still exposed to this classic series one way or another.
Looking back at the show now, there are tons of stars who got their start on the spooky anthology series. Here are 15 you may or may not remember.
1.) Jacob Tierney
The Letterkenny co-creator appeared on 13 episodes as Eric, one of the Midnight Society members.
2.) Emily Hampshire
Schitt’s Creek star Emily Hampshire appeared on the 1994 episode “The Tale of Cutter’s Treasure: Part 1”
3.) JoAnna Garcia Swisher
JoAnna made many appearances on TV series during the 90s including Party of Five, Dawson’s Creek, and Freaks and Geeks. She also portrayed Midnight Society member Sam on Are You Afraid of the Dark? from seasons 3 to 5.
4.) Ryan Gosling
After his time with The Mickey Mouse Club came to an end, the Canadian star appeared on the 1995 episode “The Tale of Station 109.1”, which also stars comedian Gilbert Gottfried.
5.) Aaron Ashmore
Canadian film and television actor Aaron Ashmore has appeared on numerous TV series including Smallville, Warehouse 13, Killjoys and most recently on Netflix’s Locke and Key. He got his early start on 2 episodes: the 1993 episode “The Tale of the Thirteenth Floor” (pictured) and then in 2000 during the reboot series in “The Tale of the Lunar Locusts”.
6.) Hayden Christensen
Before taking on the role as Anakin Skywalker, Hayden Christensen appeared in the 1999 reboot series episode “The Tale of Bigfoot Ridge”.
7.) Neve Campbell
Two years before the Halloween classic film Scream was released, Neve Campbell got to practice her screams in the 1994 episode “The Tale of the Dangerous Soup”.
8.) AJ Buckley
Irish-Canadian actor AJ Buckley currently stars on the CBS series SEAL Team. In 1995, AJ portrayed Lonnie in the episode “The Tale of the Manaha”, a mean camp counsellor acting like an army sergeant.
9.) Jay Baruchel
Jay Baruchel made his on screen debut in the 1995 episode “The Tale of the Dead Man’s Float” (pictured). He appeared on 3 more episodes during the reboot series: “The Tale of the Zombie Dice” (1999), “The Tale of the Walking Shadow” (1999) and “The Tale of the Time Trap” (2000).
10.) Elisha Cuthbert
Happy Endings actress Elisha Cuthbert had a minor role in the 1996 episode “The Tale of the Night Shift”, which was her TV acting debut. She later joined the reboot series as a Midnight Society member named Megan for seasons 6 and 7.
11.) Melissa Joan Hart
In 1993, Melissa Joan Hart was well known from her lead role on the hit series Clarissa Explains it All. She also made a guest appearance in “The Tale of the Frozen Ghost”.
12.) Emily VanCamp
Emily VanCamp has been on several hit series including Everwood, Revenge, Brothers & Sisters, and The Resident. She will appear in Marvel Studios’ upcoming series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier as Sharon Carter. Like others on this list, Emily made her on screen acting debut on the three part episode special “The Tale of The Silver Sight” in 2000.
13.) Charles S. Dutton
Actor Charles S. Dutton has had a successful career in both film and television. He is best know for his roles in Rudy, Alien 3, and the series Roc. In 1994, he starred as Captain Jonas Cutter in the 2 episode special “The Tale of Cutter’s Treasure”.
14.) Emmanuelle Chriqui
The Entourage actress starred in the 1996 episode “The Tale of the Night Shift”. This was just her sixth on screen role at the time.
15.) Tyler Labine
The Canadian actor and comedian currently plays Dr. Iggy Frome in NBC’s New Amsterdam. Before joining Ryan Gosling in the 1997 teen comedy series Breaker High, Tyler appeared in the 1994 episode “The Tale of the Silent Servant”.