8 – The Addams Family Cartoon: This show was a lot of fun, though the characterization of the Addams were a bit off (Pugsley and Wednesday were basically just Bart and Lisa Simpsons clones) but the one thing they nailed was the opening and its trademark theme.
7 – Eerie, Indiana: A short lived but memorable show about a boy who moves to a strange town and investigates all of the weird happenings there has one of the creepiest and descriptive openings ever.
6 – Goosebumps: The TV show based on R.L. Stine’s hit book series was one of the best of it’s kind. It regularly brought iconic stories like ‘Night of The Living Dummy’ to life in ways we never though possible as kids and it had an awesome intro to get you in the mood for some terror.
5 – The Grim Adventures Of Billy And Mandy: This show is just a lot of fun. It had a lot of great references to cult and horror movies and had the funny premise of The Grim Reaper being forced to care for two troubled kids after losing a competition for their sickly hamster’s soul. Its intro was shockingly gory and dark for a kids show at the time.
4 – The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo: The paring of Scooby-Doo and Vincent Price is a match made in ghoulish heaven. In this show Price helps Scooby and his newer Freddy and Velmaless gang trap the 13 ghosts they mistakenly released. The intro features Price as well as some great visuals.
3 – Aaahh!!! Real Monsters: This brilliant show about a group of young monsters attending a school that teaches them to scare people (Pixar only steals from the best) was beloved by so many kids who grew up with Nickelodeon. Its intro did a great job setting up all the strange visuals the show had to offer.
2 – Beetlejuice: Hands down one of the best cartoon adaptations of a movie ever, Beetlejuice the cartoon saw the title character living his after-life in a town of other ghoulish creatures and going on adventures with his best friend Lydia, which was a little confusing at first given their relationship in the movie. Its second intro was nothing short of creepy artistic genius.
1 – Are You Afraid Of The Dark?: This show was such a big part of so many horror fans my age childhoods. It told a new scary story every week led by one of the members of its ‘Midnight Society’ which was a kind of creepy ‘Mickey Mouse Club.’ They sat around a camp fire and told their creepy stories usually featuring an ill fated child. The intro was hands down the scariest part of this show. I had friend who would have to run out of the room when it came on out of fear of never sleeping again. Its beyond chilling music and visuals make it an easy pick for the number one shot on this list.