Nickelodeon was not looking to play with fire when it came to this show.
Horror series Are You Afraid of the Dark? was nightmare fuel for kids who grew up in the ’90s watching The Midnight Society gather ‘round the fire for a scary story. But the show’s creator recently revealed the network had a specific safeguard in place to make sure things didn’t literally go up in flames.
“You never saw them light the campfire,” creator D.J. MacHale told Bloody Digusting’s Horror4Kids March 24. “You never saw them strike a match and lighting the campfire because they didn’t want kids playing with matches.”
While MacHale acknowledged they mostly “had carte blanche” and were allowed to do whatever they wanted to do, Nickelodeon did push back from time to time if they worried about viewers becoming copycats.
“The only comments we got from them had nothing to do with the scary stuff,” MacHale noted. “Like any show, they’re worried about imitate-able behavior. They don’t want to show a kid doing something that someone’s going to do at home and say, ‘I learned that on Nickelodeon and that’s why I wiped out my family.'”
E! News reached out to Nickelodeon for comment and has not heard back.