Are You Afraid Of The Dark? Latches onto Our Irrational Fears

Do you like scary stories? Because tomorrow, the reboot to one of my all time favorite shows when I was a kid, will be released on DVD! Are You Afraid of the Dark? will creep into people’s homes, enticing them with a fun scary story. But what would happen if the stories we love so much were actually based on reality? The Midnight Society may just learn the answer to that question.



I received the epic chance to review this movie! Actually, when they asked me if I was willing to watch the new reboot and write about it, I jumped at the chance. Are You Afraid of the Dark? started my love for creature features and other scary movies. I had to see if the reboot did the original justice.


In the words of Akiko, a member of the Midnight Society, “Clowns Suck.” In fact, most scary movies that involve clowns…I don’t watch. Ever since I watched Killer Clowns from Outer Space, clowns have been a no-go. However, because this is an Are You Afraid of the Dark? mini-series/movie, I put my irrational yet fully rational fear aside and watched the film. Ironically, the other members of my family had me watch the movie first before they would even sneak a peek. There is nothing like being the guinea pig. Again, in the words of Akiko, “I hate clowns.”

On the plus side, the amount of clowns depicted in the Are You Afraid Of The Dark? mini series is minimal. I mean they are there, they are creepy (like the one without eyes…shiver), but they are also not that involved in the story. In fact, my fear for clowns quickly dwindled as Mr. Tophat took to the stage. So many scorpions…man eating scorpions. And I don’t mean large scorpions that eat people, I literally mean Mr. Tophat eats a freaking scorpion!

Scorpions…why did it have to be scorpions? Here is another of my irrational yet rational fears along with spiders and bugs. I could have lived without insects or arachnids featured in Mr. Tophat’s story. To be honest, I never really learned of their significance. They seem to be there just to creep the audience out. Since they were so prevalent, I really wish there was more about them, such as: why does Mr. Tophat eat them, why are they controlled by him, and what is the meaning of the scorpion coin? I guess I should be thankful that there weren’t more creepy crawlies, I was already squirming in my seat.

Although the ambiguity of the scorpion has left me with questions, the mini series itself is awesome. The creators continued the love for the original with a nod to the original music. It brought back so many creepy nostalgic moments of watching the 1990s series. We also have The Midnight Society and the iconic beginning to every story, “Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society.” When the fire blazed and this statement echoed through the forest, the audience knew the scary story would begin. However, with this reboot, once the fire goes out, the scary stuff just gets worse.

When the story becomes reality, the Midnight Society featuring Gavin, Akiko, Louise, Graham, and newbie Rachel must find a way to save their friends before it’s too late, even if that means they have to take a trip to the state of potatoes, Idaho. Yes, Idaho. I wouldn’t think Idaho would be the most scary state there is, but if a spooky carnival comes to town, I suppose any state can be scary. I do find it neat that the awesome showdown takes place in such an unused state in cinematic movies.

Epically, the showdown at the Carnival of Doom in Idaho is not mere potatoes. It sheds light on a dark past and an unfortunate prediction. While the whole flashback is fairly predictable, it does bring understanding to Mr. Tophat’s backstory. And let me just say…If you don’t figure it out while you watch Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Mr. Tophat is craaaazy….crazy scary.

Which leads me to the info about this crazy scary mini-series. For families with children, this series is not rated. While that may make some think it is safe for a younger audience, I highly advise against it. There are many scary moments, zombies, creepy clowns, kidnapped children, and dark forces at work. This movie also messes with our sense of reality. Make sure the child watching can tell the difference and handle intense situations like those in psycho-thrillers. I would say keep this at tween to teen. Common Sense Media suggests ages 11 and up.

A good rule of thumb is parents should screen the movie and decide if their child can handle such a film. Trust me, as an adult, you will enjoy the film. It gave me a fright, which is what Are You Afraid of the Dark? is all about. If you like scary stories you will enjoy this one. I give it 5 stars.

Be sure to enter the giveaway for this film. This will give you a chance to win a copy of the DVD. Many will enter only one will win! Click the image below to head over to the giveaway page and follow the instructions on the form. Good Luck!

SCOOB! and the Epic Printable Party Pack!

ZOINKS! I don’t know how, but I completely forgot to share a SCOOB! Printable Party Pack that should have been shared weeks ago. All I can do is bow my head in shame…Now that I am done with that, how about I share this epic printable pack with over 40 pages of activities and printables?



“SCOOB!” reveals how lifelong friends Scooby and Shaggy first met and how they joined with young detectives Fred, Velma and Daphne to form the famous Mystery Inc. Now, with hundreds of cases solved and adventures shared, Scooby and the gang face their biggest, most challenging mystery ever: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this global “dogpocalypse,” the gang discovers that Scooby has a secret legacy and an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined.

To celebrate the release of SCOOB! on Blu-Ray and digital, HANNA-BARBERA has created a gigantic party pack! This pack features over 40 pages of activities, printables, and crafts to play with before, during, and after the movie.

The printable pack includes:

  • Paper Cutouts featuring the gang and new characters
  • Food Recipes such as Monster Burgers
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  • Quizzes, which happens to be trivia questions about the movie
  • Mazes
  • Connect the Dots
  • Scavenger Hunt for items found within the movie
  • Crossword Puzzle
  • Mad Libs
  • Drawing Challenge
  • Word Search
  • Coloring Sheets of Scooby-Doo, Shaggy Rogers, Fred Jones, Velma Dinkley, and Daphne Blake
  • Mini Posters

To Download the PDF of awesomeness, click the image below and save the PDF to your computer. Then print and create for tons of SCOOB fun!

SCOOB! is now available on Blu-ray and digital. Click the image below to fly over to Amazon and get a copy for yourself. 🙂

Wizards Tales of Arcadia’s True Hero is Steve

Guillermo del Toro continues the Tales of Arcadia in a brand new series, Wizards, now on Netflix. The 10 episode epic story of Wizards Tales from Arcadia has sword fights, Trolls, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, and magic! (wink) It features Merlin’s apprentice, Douxie, who joins Arcadia’s heroes on a time-bending adventure in Camelot, where conflict is brewing between the human, troll, and magical worlds.



I will admit….I binge watched the entire 10 episodes in one sleepless night…no regrets.. I couldn’t stop. It was everything I hoped it would be with Jim, Claire, and all the rest of the cast coming back (including a friend from 3 Below) in one spellbound story. I want to say so much, release a ton of spoilers, and go through each episode in detail. But that would make this post a novel. It would be faster to watch the series yourself hahaha. I will say this, it is well worth the watch.

Of course, there are a few things one should know going in. This season is a bit darker than the rest. Be aware: death is no stranger here.. We have a suffering Troll-Jim who is facing the loss of himself, Claire who is trying to save her boyfriend, Merlin who wants to save King Arthur and the world, Douxie who would like to do one thing right, and Steve….oh Steve…Steve is the one and only plucky comic relief.

Humor is Steve’s domain. This buttsnack teasing, in fear fleeing, creep slaying knight may actually be one of the true heroes of the story. I shiver when I say this, but somehow in a realm of wrong, Steve does it right. He is also highly capable of taking a hit, making him exponentially helpful in battle. There is a scene where Sir Lancelot signs Steve up for a fight to try and win the right to take a Troll’s life. As the audience, we know this won’t end well, and we are soon proven right. Steve becomes the one hit wonder..meaning he takes the hit and is down for the count.

Thanks to Steve, the intense story line has a break here and there. However, he doesn’t take away from the drama as we learn how people are multi-dimentinal. A bad guy is not just a bad guy, there are reasons they end up making the decisions they do. In Wizards we learn about the choices each character takes and the journey they take due to those choices. Morgana,, King Arthur, and even Gunmar all end up at Killahead Bridge, and we get to learn how and why. We also learn that nothing is set in stone; our choices can mold our future. Surprise! There is a moral!

I give the series 5 stars and encourage all fans of Tales of Arcadia to watch it. Although, I do suggest watching it over a few days and not all in one night like me.

As a side note: TrollHunters Rise of the Titans has been announced to be coming soon in 2021. It will be a film that will tie up loose ends and perhaps end the Tales of Arcadia…tears with excitement. I have complicated feelings about this hahaha

Get Epic WizKids Games Delivered to Your Door from LootCrate

Stuck at home and looking for something new to play? Thanks to LootCrate, we can slay those quarantine dragons! t’s time to rise up and cause some mayhem with the new WizKids Medieval Madness crate!



WizKids Games Crate will upgrade your family game night with awesome tabletop games. This bi-monthly, mystery subscription crate delivers 3 WizKids tabletop games to your door every other month. Every crate is a surprise and can include card games, mini-games, strategy games and more!

When I receive one of these WizKids crates in October, I will be conducting a review. Keep an eye out for more information! I know, October is so far away, but don’t worry, LootCrate is offering expedited shipping for all those that order now. The crate can be out the door within 2 business days of your order. That means you will have your crate shortly there after.

These games are just an example of what could arrive.
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I would love to see what everyone receives so please share your pics below or on my facebook page. I am curious to see if each crate is random or if they mail out the same 3 games to everyone bi-monthly.

Details of WizKids LootCrafte:

For the gaming geek comes a new crate subscription from WizKids, delivering a mystery grab bag of 3 different tabletop games to your door every other month!

  • 3 WizKids tabletop games in every crate
  • Can include card games, mini games, strategy games and more
  • Every crate is a surprise!
  • $50+ MSRP value in every crate

    Cost: A single crate is $19.99 (plus shipping and handling), or opt for a six-month subscription which includes a free gift.

To receive a WizKids crate go to LootCrate and make an order.

Storybook Fun with Blaze & The Monster Machines!

It’s time to rev up your summer activities! In celebration of the DVD release of Blaze and The Monster Machines: Race for the Golden Treasure, we’re excited to share this super fun storybook activity pack featuring Blaze, AJ, and all their friends.



This storybook tells the story of Blaze and the Championship Race at the Monster Dome. Fans get to complete several tasks to help Blaze win his trophy, but most importantly have a wonderfully fun day! The tasks ate:

  • Maze
  • Draw mud balls
  • Which ramp?
  • Draw claws and wings
  • How many?
  • Draw a Trophy

To get this printable storybook go to nickelodeon parents‘ website and download the PDF or click the image below and download the PDF. Then simply print and have fun with an exciting story.

Be sure to enter our giveaway for a chance to win Blaze and The Monster Machines: Race for the Golden Treasure on DVD!

Are You Afraid of The Dark? DVD Giveaway

Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, I call this story the “Are You Afraid Of The Dark DVD Giveaway.”

Starting in the early 90s, Are You Afraid of The Dark quickly became an extraordinary success, earning several awards and gaining many fans. I just so happen to be one of those fans. I can remember tuning into the nick channel to watch the next scary episode. I will admit, I had a few sleepless nights.



I can remember an episode called “The Tale of the Hatching” (not included in this DVD). Two kids, Jasmine and Augie, were left at a boarding school while their parents went on a work trip. While at the school, Jasmine and Augie discovered a weird dessert called “Spunge”. This dessert somehow turned the kids into mindless robots as they cared for alien eggs. Since Jasmine and Augie never ate the spunge, they were privy to all the events happening below the school. This episode is like a kid version of Alien and it freaked me out,. It took me a while to actually eat sponge cake again. Of course, this episode and many others may also be the reason I love the Alien series and other scifi films and television..

The Tale of the Hatching

The new Are You Afraid Of The Dark, coming to DVD Aug 11, is a mini-series adaptation of the original series. The three-part limited series follows members of an entirely new Midnight Society, who tell a terrifying tale of the Carnival of Doom and its evil ringmaster Mr. Top Hat. Unfortunately for the new Midnight Society, they witness the shocking story come frightfully to life and prepare for an adventure beyond their wildest nightmares.

Are You Afraid of the Dark? Episodes:

  • Part One: Submitted For Approval
  • Part Two: Opening Night
  • Part Three: Destroy All Tophats

Along with the re-make, this DVD also includes classic episodes from the original TV series! The episodes are:

  • Season 1, Episode 2: The Tale of Laughing in the Dark
    A boy ignores a clown’s ghost in an amusement park exhibit.
  • Season 4, Episode 8: The Tale of the Ghastly Grinner
    Ethan and Hooper must stop an evil comic-book character from destroying the world with ghastly giggling.
  • Season 5, Episode 1: The Tale of the Dead Man’s Float
    A lifeguard-turned-janitor attempts to vanquish a sinister spirit lurking around the school pool.

Most of these deal with clowns…I will be keeping all the lights on while watching these classic episodes. They may be old, but they are still scary. hahahahaha

Are You Afraid of The Dark Remake will be available on DVD Aug 11, 2020/ If you want a chance to win this DVD, use the rafflecopter form below. Earn entries by tweeting, commenting, checking out pinterest, following on facebook, and more! Many will enter only 1 will win! Good Luck!

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I declare this meeting of the Midnight Society closed.

10 Fun Shimmer and Shine Printables from Nick Jr

With the Shimmer and Shine DVD giveaway active until Aug. 11, 2020, I thought it would be fun to share some of the awesome printables that “nickelodeon parents” has available for all their fans. What I share below are some of my favorite printables of Shimmer and Shine and represent just a small amount of the crafts, activities and printables available for parents to download, print, and create. Be sure to check out nickelodeon parents for more fun activities the family will love!



about Shimmer and Shine

Twins Shimmer and Shine are genies-in-training who grant wishes for their best friend, Leah. The wishes don’t always go as smoothly as they plan, though — after all, they’re still in training — and the girls must clean up the magical mess that results from the issues. When Shimmer, Shine, and Leah work together they are able to solve the problems that arise and make things right. Trying to correct their mistakes helps to teach young viewers about learning from mistakes and doing better next time.

The activities I chose from the Nickelodeon website are all printables featuring Nick Jr’s Shimmer and Shine. The printables include

  • A Fortune teller – ask yes or no questions and see how it responds
  • Paper blocks – build and stack
  • Mazes – solve the path
  • Activity Pack – features Spot the difference, connect the dots, Draw, maze, and two coloring pages of Shimmer and Shine
  • Guess Who Game – put together and play guess who
  • Matching – match the shells
  • Paper Dolls
  • Photo Props
  • Place-mat coloring Page
  • Popcorn Holder

To get these printables, head over to nickelodeon parents and save the PDFs to your computer. Then print and create for tons of family fun. Or click the images below, save the PDFs and then print and create.

Activity Pack
Paper Blocks
Fortune Teller
Guess Who
Paper Doll
Photo Props
Popcorn holder

Paw Patrol Dino Rescue DVD Giveaway

The Mighty Pups are back again, and this time they’re on wild adventures with some prehistoric pals in PAW Patrol Dino Rescue, arriving on DVD August 4th, 2020 from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment.

In anticipation of Paw Patrol Dino Rescue coming to DVD we are hosting a giveaway! Fans can enter for a chance to win Paw Patrol Dino Rescue on DVD by using the rafflecopter form below on or before Aug 11, 2020. At the end of the giveaway period, one random winner will be chosen!



More about Paw Patrol Dino Rescue

ROAR into a prehistoric land with the PAW Patrol in these six dino-mite tales, including two double-length missions. Join the pups as they roll into Dino Wilds to keep their new friends safe from an erupting volcano and a scheming dino egg thief. Then, the team gears up for a robotic dinosaur adventure. 

PAW Patrol: Dino Rescue episodes:
~Pups and the Lost Dino Eggs
~Pups Save a Pterodactyl
~Pups and the Big Rumble
~Pups Save a Big Bone
~Pups Bark with Dinosaurs
~Pups Save a Robo-saurus

To enter for a chance to win Paw Patrol Dino Rescue on DVD use the form below. You can tweet daily for extra entries, follow on facebook, follow on pinterest, or leave a comment. Many will enter only one will win! Good Luck!

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Blaze and Shimmer and Shine DVD Bundle Giveaway!

We are shimmering with excitement to announce a brand new giveaway featuring two of the cutest and coolest cartoons from Nickelodeon: Blaze and Shimmer and Shine! That’s right, this giveaway is for two DVDs!

DVD 1: Blaze and the Monster Machines: Race for the Golden Treasure!

Arrrgggh you ready for high-speed, high seas, treasure hunting? Set sail with Blaze and Pegwheel the Pirate-Truck to search for three keys to unlock the golden treasure. Then, use a treasure map to find the most amazing treasure, race to The Island of Lost Treasure for more riches and speed through an ancient racetrack in search of a magical Wishing Wheel.



Blaze and the Monster Machines are speeding back onto DVD for all-new high-speed, high seas adventures in Blaze and the Monster Machines: Race for the Golden Treasure! Arriving on July 28, 2020, preschoolers can race along with Blaze and his friends as they embark on epic action-packed treasure hunts.

Blaze and the Monster Machines: Race for the Golden Treasure episodes:
~Race for the Golden Treasure
~Treasure Track
~The Island of Lost Treasure
~Wishing Wheel

DVD 2: Shimmer and Shine: Glitter Magic

It’s time to glitter and glow in these seven sparkling episodes, including a double-length special. Join Shimmer and Shine as they meet the Glitter Genie, learn Glitter Magic, light up the world with Glitter Pets, save a glitter volcano and more.

There’s plenty of glitter to go around in the new sparkling DVD collection Shimmer and Shine: Glitter Magic! Arriving on August 4, 2020, preschoolers can join Shimmer and Shine for fun magic-filled adventures as they meet the Glitter Genie, learn Glitter Magic and more.

Shimmer and Shine: Glitter Magic! episodes:
~All That Glitters
~Glitter Glitch
~Zahra-glitter Zahra-glow
~Samira and Zeta
~Volcano Drain-o
~Grab That Gem
~Crystal Chaos

For a chance to win the DVD bundle, use the rafflecopter form below and follow the tasks to gain entries. You can tweet daily to earn an extra entry every day. GOOD LUCK!

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Make your Own Paper Dave From Dreamworks Kipo!

Ever since I saw Kipo and The Age of the Wonderbeasts on Netflix, I have been keeping a sharp eye out for fun official printable activities and crafts. Dreamworks, however, has shown no interest in creating Kipo printables, I was beginning to think that we would never receive a single craft…until now.



Finally, on Dreamworks’ Create site, we have the first Kipo printable craft! This craft features the immortal Dave! At long last we can make our own bug buddy. Thankfully this paper craft won’t go through all his stages of life.

To make this Dave Paper craft simply click the image below or go to Dreamworks Create and save the Dave PDF to your computer. Then print the craft and create Dave. A cool idea: Tape string to the paper Dave and turn him into an epic puppet that can follow you around anywhere. We all need a Dave sidekick…right?