Chosen One of the Day: The Midnight Society from Are You Afraid of the Dark

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Sep 3, 2019, 8:24 AM EDT (Updated)

If you were a nerdy kid growing up in the '90s, there was only one club you really wanted to belong to, and that was the Midnight Society.

After all, what could be cooler than belonging to a group of your adolescent peers who snuck out of the house on weekends and told each other scary stories in the woods? Who wants to go to an illicit party when there are trees and a fire pit just waiting to be sat around and stories about evil cab drivers and haunted arcades to tell?

This club had history. It was around since the 1930s, after all. And not only did you need to be invited to join, but you also had to pass a difficult initiation of telling a scary enough story to be allowed in. Not everyone made it, either. That's the mark of a truly authentic, respected, and totally cool secret society.

Plus, you got to stay out way past midnight in order to do it. Right? Oh, who are we kidding? It may have been called the Midnight Society, but you know those kids were really only out there until like 9:30. They may have been in an awesome secret society of preteen storytellers in the Canadian woods, but they still had parents. And horror fans or not, no one wants to risk the wrath of their mothers.

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