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1st Generation of the Midnight Society

The Midnight Society is the secret and selective group of friends who gather together in a hidden clearing in the woods to tell their best scary and horror stories. The location of the place is hidden and each member is bonded to keeping the secret of where the location is. Not very often, but usually when one existing member leaves or moves away a new person can take their place.

The way a new member is nominated, and given his or her chance to join is for an existing member to get the unanimous approval from the whole group or to just be brought in and nominated by a member with seniority. The nominee is lead to the clearing with their vision concealed (usually with a blindfold or with a bag over their head). It is usually kept on until the end of the story, but sometimes it is not. Once they’re brought in, the leader explains the rules to the nominee.

  1. The location of the clearing is still kept secret to him or her unless he or she makes it in.
  2. The nominee has to tell the group a great story. Then afterwards the Midnight Society all votes on how well the story was and whether or not they’ll let him or her join, and the vote has to be unanimous meaning every current member has to say yes.
  3. If the nominee doesn’t make it in, their vision is concealed. That way they won’t know where the location is when they are taken back to town. Usually they are not given another chance, although occasionally some Nominees who almost made it in, get another chance to try and join.


The very first Midnight Society was formed in 1937 by Gene along with his friends Laing Candle, Bruce McGorrill, Donna Tilton and Eleanor Gregory. Gene and his friends cleared away the trees and built the campfire pit, the original seats and the Storyteller's chair which is a solid stone pointed arm chair. The Campfire pit and Storyteller's chair was always used from that time from then on, unlike their wooden stool chairs that were eventually replaced with rock and log seats. Unsure if Gene's group did this but, usually before a beginning a story, the storyteller would throw a handful of non dairy creamer dust into the campfire, to make the fire burn more intensely.

Eventually, Gene married a woman named Aggie. Then as time went on had a son or a daughter, who would grow up to be the mother or father of Gary and Tucker. This remains unknown if the son or daughter had their own Midnight Society. Or if it's just passed down from Grandfather to Grandson.

In the early 1990's Gary formed his own Midnight Society. His first members were David, Kristen, Kiki, Betty Ann and Eric. Then in 1992 David brought in Frank as a nominee. In order too join, Frank told his story "The Tale of the Phantom Cab" and got his approval and became a member for a few years. Then about a year later, Eric left with no mention or reason for what was said for his departure. Then in late 1993, both David and Kristen's families moved away.

Kristen was replaced by Sam. Originally, she was Betty Ann's best friend who heard about the Midnight Society from her, and was very eager to join. Everyone thought she was a boy, until the bag was taken off of her head. She told her story "The Tale of Watcher's Woods" and got her approval and joined until the group parted ways. Also she eventually became Gary's girlfriend.

David was replaced by Gary's younger brother Tucker. He was at first, a really immature prank playing brat. He was mostly teasing his brother about his crush on Sam, and had a constant conflict between him and Frank. He was usually the one to get Frank going. Eventually Tucker matured a little bit and he did nice things like buy Gary rare concert tickets for his birthday, and asked Sam to join Gary on the outing.

Then in late 1995, Frank left The Midnight Society because he and his family moved away. Frank was replaced by Tucker's friend Stig. It was because of his lack of good hygiene and odd habits, he was strongly disliked by the other members. Mostly by Kiki whom he seem to have attraction and feelings for, which Kiki certainly did not reciprocate. He almost didn't make it into the group after he told his first story "The Tale of the Dead Man's Float" because he tasted some of the campfire dust which grossed everyone out. Then he got a second chance and joined after telling his second story "The Tale of Station 109.1" and remained until the groups disbandment. Gary's group disbandment was likely due to them growing up and moving on with their lives.

Then in late 1999, Tucker decided to bring back The Midnight Society. He formed his own Midnight Society with his friends Andy, Quinn, Megan and Vange. Megan wasn't sure about being out in the woods at first and wanted to do it in her own backyard, but she gave it a chance and came around. The group went on for about two years.


Character Generation Year
Gene Original 1937
Laing Candle Original 1937
Bruce McGorrill Original 1937
Eleanor Gregory Original 1937
Donna Tilton Original 1937
Gary First 1991-1996
David First 1991-1993
Kristen First 1991-1993
Kiki First 1991-1996
Betty Ann First 1991-1996
Eric First 1991-1992
Frank Moore First 1991-1995
Sam First 1994–1996
Tucker First/Second 1994–1996, 1999-2000
Stig First 1995–1996
Andy Second 1999-2000
Quinn Second 1999-2000
Megan Second 1999-2000
Vange Second 1999-2000
Gavin Third 2019
Akiko Third 2019
Louise Third 2019
Graham Third 2019
Rachel Third 2019
Luke Fourth 2021
Jai Fourth 2021
Hanna Fourth 2021
Gabby Fourth 2021
Seth Fourth 2021
Connor Fourth 2021
Kayla Fifth 2022
Leo Fifth 2022
Summer Fifth 2022
Ferris Fifth 2022



  • Originally the Midnight Society Members were just individual random people. They didn't know, or see each other away from the clearing. They also didn't go to the same school. We saw that this eventually changed. Beginning in the third season. Gary recruited his younger brother Tucker and Betty Ann recruited Sam, who was her friend from school. Also the group started mentioning that they went to school together. Also that they socialized and did things outside of the clearing. These changes were made to possibly show children that the Midnight Society was not just a group of strangers, especially not a group that would only see each other late at night in the middle of the dark woods.
  • According to an interview, D. J. MacHale said that:
  1. Bethanny Nurse, was originally cast to portray Kiki in the Pilot. However she was replaced by Jodie Resther right before the episode was finally filmed.
  2. The entire midnight Society (all with the exception of Ross Hull) were replaced. However, Ross Hull switched from the role of David to the role of Gary. This was finalized right before the Pilot episode was filmed.
  3. He was not involved with hiring Joanna Garcia. Since he was on vacation in Italy at the time. When he came back he took Ned Kandel's word when he promised him that she was good.
  4. Originally he had Ryan Gosling in mind to portray a Midnight Society Member. However Ryan Gosling turned it down to appear in the New Mickey Club.