Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Season 5 Episode 1

The Tale of the Dead Man's Float

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Oct 07, 1995 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

Zeke is good at chemistry, but not at girls. When he befriends one, she teaches him how to swim at the school pool. However, the pool is haunted by the ghost of a body that was previously buried underneath the school.

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  • The Tale Of Dead Man's Float

    As a kid this probably made me nervous of the water. Looking back, it was a fun geek gets the girl story. You have to love the old, wise janitor characters too.
  • One of the scariest episodes

    Growing up as a kid in the 90's, Are You Afraid of the Dark was one of my favourite shows, and I remember this as being possibly the scariest episode.

    A chemistry genius with a fear of swimming and a swimmer who has been pushing for a school swim team discover an abandoned pool behind a wall of the school, hidden after a student mysteriously drowned in the pool many years before. As soon they soon learn, the pool is haunted by the restless ghost of one body that was left behind when a cemetery was moved to build it.

    When Zeke dumps a container of Methyl Orange into the water to turn the ghost visible (only part of the chemistry lesson we get out of this episode!), he must then overcome his crippling fear of the water to save Clorice from the terrifying being it becomes (a nightmarish-looking red skeletal zombie).moreless
  • Seriously... scared you!!!??

    SUCKS. I mean, seriously, its predictable. Its the normal story. A nerd boy in love with a popular girl. A ghost of a body buried underneath the school. The boy and the girl fight with it, almost got trapped, but finally destroyed it. O NO! I WASTED ALL OF MY TIME ON THIS! sucks.

    body wasnt that ... scary....

    worst actors Ive ever seen.

  • The best episode of this show.

    In my opinion this is the best episode of all the "Are you afraid of the Dark" episodes. When i first saw this episode it scared the crap out of me. It's one of those kind of episodes where i wanted to watch what was gonna happen but i was too scared to. lol. In my opinion "are you afraid of the dark" was kinda getting dull, but then i saw this episode and i was like "wow, they are doing it right again" if it wasnt for this episode i dont know if i would have continued watching this show till the end like i did.moreless
  • In my opinion, the scariest of them all!

    It took me almost 2 years to get into a pool ever again for fear of being drowned by ghosts! I thought this was a great episode and really played on my fears of the water which I never knew I had. Although it did not contain as much action as some of its more notable episodes it certainly gave me a more believable feel of fear with drowning.

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Nitpick: How was Greta able to sneak up on Zeke and Clorice? They would have heard her splash into the water, unless she was already in when they got there in which case she would have had to have held her breath for over 5 minutes.

    • Nitpick: How could an entire school not know about the pool? The room was huge and would have been visible from the outside.

    • The outside shot of the high school is the same school featured in another Are You Afraid Of The Dark? episode, "The Midnight Ride".

    • Jay Baruchel has appeared in numerous other Are You Afraid of the Dark episodes, including "The Tale of the Zombie Dice," "The Tale of the Walking Shadow," and "The Tale of the Time Trap".

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Clorice: (talking about Zeke) What a geek.
      Greta: I think he's cute. Like a puppy you want to take care of.
      Clorice: More like a puppy you need to clean up after.

    • Clorice: Yo, Red! Catch! (She throws the powder on him)

    • Stig: (Story Intro) I figure I have to impress you guys, so... I'm giving it my best shot. A lot of people don't like the way I am. They're always telling me I gotta clean up my act. But sometimes, things are the way they are for a reason, and if you go making changes, that shouldn't be made... You could end up with a whole mess of trouble. Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, I call this story... The Tale Of The Dead Man's Float.

    • Betty Ann: Tucker's nominating someone?!?
      Tucker: Why not? He's a friend of mine.
      Kiki: You say that like it's a good thing.

    • Charlie: It's back.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This story was told by Stig as his first initiation story. But the vote for his entrance into the Midnight Society wasn't unanimous, so he had to try telling another story later.