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Trivia: Are You Afraid of the Dark?
  • Actor Allusion: In "The Tale of the Dead Man's Float", Kaj-Erik Eriksen (Zeke) also tried to save someone from drowning in the Goosebumps episode "Welcome To Camp Nightmare".
  • Dawson Casting: Jennifer Irwin (later of Still Standing) plays it straight by a year in "The Tale of Locker 22", as Irwin was 18 in 1993 and her character Candy Warren was 17 when she died in 1968. It is inverted near the end when, thanks to a little life-saving time-tinkering, she grows up to be a 42-year-old principal at high school (even though the actress who played her was still 18 at the time).
  • Dueling Shows: With R.L. Stine's Goosebumps. Are You Afraid of the Dark? tends to be more well-known, though Goosebumps has the book series to fall back on. AYAOTD also had a book series, but those were tie-ins to the TV show and not remembered as much now.
    • As one reviewer put it, Goosebumps tended to be lighthearted, but most books ended with a Downer Ending (the TV adaption sometimes toned this down.) Are You Afraid of the Dark? was the opposite: episodes tended to be creepy as sin until the end, with most episodes having a happy ending.
    • Hilariously, in a combination of the anthology nature of the series and Canadian acting unions, many Canadian child actors who appeared in the tales would later play characters in Goosebumps.
  • Fake Nationality: American Joanna Garcia regularly commuted from Florida to play Sam on the show. Added to that, American actors often guest starred in the stories, usually a child or teen star that was popular at the time (some examples include Melissa Joan Hart, Tatyana Ali, Tia and Tamera Mowry, Ryan Gosling, etc).
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: There had been quite a few over the years, to the point where Wikipedia's episode listing lists actors from each episode who went on to become famous.
    • Melissa Joan Hart was in "The Tale of the Frozen Ghost".
    • Tatyana M. Ali, who played Ashley Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, had a dual role in "The Tale of Quicksilver" as a girl who died trying to rid her room of a demon and the dead girl's twin sister.
    • Gilbert Gottfried was Roy the radio announcer in "The Tale of Station 109.1", an episode that also starred Ryan Gosling.
    • Bobcat Goldthwait was The Sandman in "The Tale of the Final Wish".
    • Tia and Tamara Mowry of Sister Sister fame played the protagonist and her chameleon doppelganger in "Tale of the Chameleons".
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: A few, the most obvious being Kiki. Whose actress, Jodie Resther, would go on to play Francine Frensky in Arthur.
    • Dr. Vink is played by Aaron Tager, whom many may remember as being the voice of Cranky Kong in the Donkey Kong Country TV series.
    • While not as known as the other two, Richard Dumont (who played Sardo), may be recognizable to some as Chronos from Ulysses31.
    • Tucker is Carlos.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Rachel Blanchard, who played Kristen, was later better known for roles in 7th Heaven and the Clueless TV series.
    • Ditto for Elisha Cuthbert, who coincidentally played the same type of character, Megan, in the Re Tool.
    • For one-episode characters, Jewel Staite appeared in two different stories years before her best-remembered role.
    • Neve Campbell was the protagonist in "The Tale of the Dangerous Soup", just half a year before her big break on Party of Five.
    • A somewhat odd example - Ross Hull went on to later be an anchor on The Weather Network in Canada.

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