Nickelodeon’s ‘The Splat’ programming block is reviving the ’90s Nick or Treat contest on Oct. 26
On Oct. 5, Nickelodeon launched The Splat programming block, which features shows like “Rugrats,” “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” and “Welcome Freshmen,” in an effort to serve ’90s nostalgia.
Nickelodeon parent company Viacom sent out a press release that explained it all about the block’s lineup, themed programming and promotional emoji keyboard, but buried beneath the deluge of information was an announced revival of Nickelodeon’s Halloween call-in contest, Nick or Treat.
The Nick or Treat contest, which was held every Halloween from 1992 to 1997, allowed wild and crazy kids to call in, pick from six doors and win prizes. Each caller was given 40 seconds to choose as many doors as possible for a chance at coveted ’90s toys like Game Boys and Super Soakers.
It may sound easy, but callers had to have the guts to face spooky physical challenges out to slow them down, like witches and killer cacti. The calls were broadcast during segments hosted by Radar the Bat, Joey the Werewolf and Fred Newman the Regular Man.
According to Viacom, The Splat plans to revive Nick or Treat during the week of Oct. 26. The block, which runs daily from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. on Teen Nick, will give viewers a second chance at the contest in the exact format it was presented 20 years ago. There’s no word on what prizes will be offered during Nick or Treat 2015, but be sure to utilize a touch tone phone for an authentic ’90s experience.
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