Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Season 4 Episode 9

The Tale of the Ghastly Grinner

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Dec 03, 1994 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

Ethan wants to be a comic book artist, but his submissions are constantly rejected by companies. One day, he's invited to a comic shop, where he gets the only copy of the comic "The Ghastly Grinner." He accidentally brings the supervillain to life and it starts turning everyone into giggling mindless idiots.moreless

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  • Ghastly Grinner

    A little goofy, but from the chaos of the bus ride, to the weird comic owner calling a kid "Cakes" this episode was definitely memorable.
  • OMFG Scary!

    I remember this episode from when I was younger. Jesus, it scared me so much, I refused to watch it!

    The emo kid Ethan's parents and the bus driver totally freaked me out what with that blue spit coming out of their mouths, that was fricking disgusting!!!!

    I watched the video on Youtube (it's the only way I can watch old Nickelodeon shows here in the US and I'm so happy I found the site) and I'm not that scared anymore. I'm 15 and the show is rated TV-Y7. I really wish they could continue airing the old shows on Nick because the shows today (with the exception of Drake and Josh) totally suck!!moreless
  • Holy crap!!!

    This episode used to scare me the most out of everything and i had bought the series on ebay and watched this one and laughing in the dark. I was kinda scared of clowns before but now im almost terrified although the fake blue spit the parents have is kinda cheesey but what can i say gotta love the classics!
  • A boy who likes to draw comics, unleashes a comic book character who makes people laugh.

    This is a cool episode but it is kind of funny. When the Ghastly Grinner gets people they laugh like bumbling idiots and blue slim oozes from there mouths. This episode is more like comic relief from all of the other scary stories. It's still one of my favorite episodes though.
Neil Kroetsch

Neil Kroetsch

Ghastly Grinner

Guest Star

Terrence Labrosse

Terrence Labrosse

Mr. Wrightson

Guest Star

Penny Mancuso

Penny Mancuso

Marcia Wood

Guest Star

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