Children are innocent and almost believe anything told or shown to them. While most of the time, they watch cartoons and shows of superheroes, a few scary shows might significantly impact them. Here are a few disturbing children’s franchises that left most children’s lives scarred. These shows create a significant phobia or fear of something that takes years to overcome.
Are you afraid of the dark?: Scariest of all
This show is the gold standard for all the dark children’s franchises so far. A few of the episodes contain horrifying visuals such as children freezing to death in the woods, rotting corpses, demons, monsters, and whatnot. This show aired on Nickelodeon from 1990 to 1996.
Goosebumps: Disturbingly Dark
This show is based on the book of the same name written by R. L. Stine. The show aired from 1995 to 1998 and created a sense of fear for ventriloquist dummies. The Headless Ghost, Stay out of the Basement, The Werewolf of Fever Swamp are a few horrifying episodes. As for the titles, the episode’s story is quite explanatory yet scary enough to give children nightmares.
Scariest places on the earth: Left the family Scarred
The Fox Family developed this as a family show. Fox Family was known to create family-friendly shows so that all the people in a family can sit together to watch it irrespective of their age. In this show, the creepy history of particular places worldwide is explained, and then they make a family enter these places at midnight with flashlights.
Courage the Cowardly Dog: Instills courage
While the character “Courage” may seem cute and funny, it really experiences alarming events. The isolated farmhouse, the old couple, and the way they overcome monsters is actually inspiring. However, the children relate to the character “Courage” and experience the same level of stress and anxiety during the episode.
Animorphs: Left the mind scarred
Animorphs is a sci-fi thriller where a group of teenagers come across a dying alien that bestows them with the power of transforming into any animal they touch. The show is based on K. A. Applegate’s series of novels. However, the visuals are a bit scary for a children’s franchise.