What Is Blue Afraid Of?


Season 1, Episode 18 (18 overall)
Monday, October 27, 1997
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Boo's Haunted House
1. A Feather
2. A Shadow
3. The Sound (hoo-hoo)
Wrong Answer
A Shadow Dancing Feather
Answer to Blue's Clues
An Owl

What Is Blue Afraid Of? is the 18th episode of Blue's Clues from Season 1. It was the 19th episode to be aired.

Characters Present


Steve and Blue teach the viewers on some not-so-scary things.


Steve invites the viewers inside. Steve was looking for Blue. Blue was under the blanket. Blue was scared. They play Blue's Clues to figure out what Blue has a fear of. Steve gets the notebook from Sidetable Drawer. Steve goes to the kitchen and a feather floats about on its own. Steve draws the first clue, a feather in his notebook. Soon after, Shovel and Pail were outside in the dark. Steve's shadow appears. Steve says "Bleh bleh bleh!", scaring Shovel, Pail and Blue. Shovel and Pail had shadows of their own. And so did Blue. They see a shadow of a tree and a birdbath. Steve finds a clue on another shadow that was on a branch. The shadow disappears but Steve had to draw the second clue in his notebook. Then, Steve hears pots and pans banging and clattering. Steve goes into the kitchen to see Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper. Steve asked them where Blue was. Blue was nearby banging on the pots and pans like drums. After that, Mr. Salt showed Steve and Blue three photos that were taken up close. Every time Mrs. Pepper sees them, she gets in shock. They figured out that the up close photos were different kinds of food. The first one was a graham cracker, the second one was a raisin and the third one was celery. In the Mailtime segment, Mailbox tells Steve a knock-knock joke. After that, Mailbox gives Steve his letter. Steve opens the letter. The Video Letter segment featured three kids making shadow puppets. Soon after, Steve sees a ghost on the picture frame. Blue appears and was too scared to skidoo into a spooky haunted house alone. Steve suggests that he and Blue skidoo together. Blue happily agrees the idea with Steve, along with a high five. After that, they look for the little ghost. They find him and told them his name was Boo. Whenever he hears his name, he gets startled. Suddenly, they heard a thump thump thump thump sound. It was the sound of footsteps. A kitten came down the staircase. Soon after, Boo yells and his kitten scampers back up the steps. Then they heard a loud boom sound. It was thunder. And then they hear banging. It was the sound of pots and pans. Boo's dad was making dinner for Boo in the kitchen. Boo thanks Steve and Blue what those so-called spooky sounds were. Blue and Steve skidoo back home. Immediately after that, Steve gets startled of the ringing sound. Steve realized it was the telephone. Steve answers it and all he hears was a hooting sound. There a pawprint on the hooting sound. Steve hangs up the phone and has to figure out how to draw the third clue in his notebook. After that, he goes to the thinking chair to put all three clues together. The clues were a feather, a shadow and a hooting sound. Steve thought it was a shadow-dancing feather. That wasn't the right answer. The viewers thought it was an owl. Because an owl had feathers, it's shadow matches the owl's shape and hoots. After figuring out Blue's Clues, Steve and Blue go into the bedroom to see the owl. Blue was still scared but after a matter of minutes, they introduced themselves and now Blue overcame her fear of owls. Mr. Salt, Mrs. Pepper, Shovel, Pail and Boo came to see the owl. After that, Steve goes into the living room and sings the So Long Song and the episode ends.


  • This is the first episode with Boo.
  • Even though this episode centers around Halloween, Halloween wasn't mentioned in this episode.
  • This was the sixth episode to use the "No It's a clue" from Adventures in Art.
  • This episode was aired after New Year's Eve, but it is considered a Halloween episode.
  • This episode can be seen on the Nick Jr. Happy Halloween DVD.
  • The paw-print slowly fades out on its own.
  • In the Nick Jr. logo after the credits, a soft meow could be heard. This is only time where the Nick Jr. logo has its own sound.
  • In Boo's Haunted House:
    • The painting spotted Steve and Blue.
    • Every time Steve says out his name, he shouts thinking he scared him.
  • Blue and Steve skidoo together for the first time.
  • An organ plays when Steve skidoos back home.
  • Steve ends the Figured Out Blue's Clues song with the word brave instead of smart.
  • In the Mail Time segment, Mailbox uses the old boo hoo knock-knock joke on Steve.
  • This is the first episode that Sidetable Drawer said "I just love Blue's Clues!" line.
  • In the Mailtime song, the footage was the same as Blue Goes to the Beach, Blue Wants to Play a Song Game and What Does Blue Want to Make.
  • During a phone call, Mr. Owl pulls a prank on Steve by hooting, which is the third clue.
  • This is the only time where we hear Mrs. Pepper scream.
  • This is the first episode to have a feather being a clue.


  • The shadow of the branch holding the shadow of the second clue doesn't appear to be connected to anything.
  • Steve's arms go through some of the scenery throughout Boo's house.
  • At the end part of the episode, Boo appears out of nowhere before floating over to meet Mr. Owl with the other characters.


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Blue's Clues Season 1
Snack Time | What Time Is It for Blue? | Mailbox's Birthday | Blue's Story Time | What Does Blue Need? | Blue's Favorite Song | Adventures in Art | Blue Goes to the Beach | Pretend Time | A Snowy Day | The Trying Game | Blue Wants to Play a Game | The Grow Show! | Blue Wants to Play a Song Game | What Does Blue Want to Make? | What Story Does Blue Want to Play? | Tickety's Favorite Nursery Rhyme | What Is Blue Afraid Of? | Magenta Comes Over | Blue's News