Did you secretly used to get scared when you watched these kids' TV programmes back in the day? We did!

1. Goosebumps

Goosebumps intro scaredMany of us read the books when we were younger, and were very excited when they were made into a TV series. The author R.L. Stine described them as “scary books that are also funny”, but we certainly didn’t see the funny side when we were hiding behind our hands watching ‘The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb’!


2. Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Are You Afraid of the Dark introThis classic 90s series involved a group of storytellers called the Midnight Society who met in the woods at night to tell each other spooky tales. Despite the story-within-a-story concept, you were still so caught up in it by the end that you’d forgotten it was all made up – by made-up fictional characters!


3. The Demon Headmaster

The Demon Headmaster IntroAnother book-to-TV series, this scared you partly because it was set in England – it seemed so real! You knew it was ridiculous, but you still had to look away during the ‘Look into my eyes’ scenes, when he’d stare from the screen with swirling his eyes to hypnotise and brainwash his students!


4. Eerie Indiana

Eerie Indiana IntroStrange things happen when Marshall Teller moves to the town of Eerie in Indiana. From the episode where his brother trades places with a monster in a film, to the one where Marshall is suddenly able to read dogs’ minds, this silly programme still managed to give you the shivers!


5. Scooby-Doo

Scooby Doo IntroAs a kid, you’d never admit you found the capers of Scooby Doo and the gang slightly unnerving – it’s just a cartoon! But the suspense of whether or not they were going to catch the baddy, and who was real and who was actually wearing a mask, was sometimes too much to take. You can come out from behind the cushion now…


6. The Simpsons Halloween Specials

The Simpsons the ShiningThe Treehouse of Horror episodes are brilliantly done parodies of real horror/thriller films. With great names such as ‘Dial “M” for Murder or Press “#” to Return to Main Menu’ and ‘A Clockwork Yellow’, you watched them as a teen and laughed out loud. But it was no laughing matter as a kid when Principal Skinner decided to make all the pupils into hamburgers! Gulp!


7. The Witches

The WitchesNot a series but a film, The Witches was a comedy-fantasy movie. Yes, there were plenty of tongue-in-cheek moments, but, when you were 7, you were utterly terrified when Luke gets trapped in the hotel ballroom at the witches’ conference, and the Grand High Witch removes her disguise. Eek!