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    15 "Are You Afraid Of The Dark" Secrets

    D.J. MacHale, the creator and director of all 7 seasons of "Are You Afraid Of The Dark," shared with us some behind the scenes secrets from the show. Can you imagine if Ryan Gosling wasn't on MMC?!

    1. Ryan Gosling was offered a part in the original Midnight Society, but he took the Mickey Mouse Club gig instead. (They got him as a guest on the show a few years later.)

    2. Many episodes were shot in actual cemeteries but there are strict laws about showing real names on actual tombstones.

    3. Most of the tales that took place in the forest (and there were many) were shot in an arboretum. Since it was a protected wildlife area, they were not allowed to use pesticides for mosquito control…and the place was infested.

    4. The Midnight Society gathered around the campfire… in a soundstage. Most of the scenes from each season were shot over the course of one week so that the large, dense forest set would only have to be built once.

    5. Each season D.J. would travel to multiple cities to audition hundreds of kids. One season, after ten days of auditioning loads of kids, he came down with the Chicken Pox.

    6. In the original pilot, Ross Hull (who played Gary in the Midnight Society) played the role of Frank. When the show went to series they re-cast everyone except Ross…and gave him the role of Gary.

    7. The Midnight Society introduced each tale with the words: “Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, I call this story…” That was paying homage to Rod Serling and the Twilight Zone.

    8. Both Jay Baruchel and Elisha Cuthbert were on camera for the first time on the show.

    "Jay was drowned by an invisible ghost in a pool and Elisha was a vampire in disguise."

    9. The “Midnight Dust” that the Society threw on the fire at the top of every episode was actually non-diary creamer.

    10. Though there was a campfire in every episode, they never showed it being lit.

    11. They originally thought “The Tale of the Night Shift” was going to be the final episode. It was the only episode where they DIDN’T put out the fire at the end of the episode.

    12. The actors who played “Miss Clove” in the pilot “The Tale of the Twisted Claw” and Dr. Vink (With a v…v…v…) were husband and wife.

    13. The “Twisted Claw” was actually a petrified turkey claw.

    14. The original pilot aired as a special on Halloween night, 1991.

    15. His favorite all time episode is: "The Tale of the Midnight Madness."

    D.J. has new young adult thriller called "SYLO" that comes out July 2. You can read more about it here.