The Switching Hour is the first episode of Aaahh!!! Real Monsters from season one and the first episode of the series overall.

The Switching Hour
Episode 1 (Season 1, Episode 1)
Airdate October 29, 1994
Directed by Jim Duffy
Written by Marcy Gray Rubin
David Adam Silverman
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
"Monsters, Get Real!"

Characters Present


On Halloween, Ickis, Oblina, and Krumm go out after the Gromble told them not to. Little do they know, Nicky, the human that Ickis scared the night before, dressed up as Ickis for Halloween, resulting in Oblina and Krumm thinking that Nicky is the real Ickis.


A small human named Nicky is taking out the garbage. He spots Ickis, who startles him. Nicky alerts his older brother of this monster, who thinks Nicky is crazy as he saw Ickis as a "bunny rabbit". Nicky is now angered, but continues with his chores. At the Monster Academy, the Gromble announces to all of his monster students that it is Halloween and that monsters are banned from walking out of the dump. He tells them that he has three punishments for anyone who disobeys him: "bad", "really bad", and "you don't want to know". Ickis, Krumm, and Oblina are disappointed, as they were planning on escaping to the human world. After school ends and they are in their room, Ickis doesn't want to disobey the Gromble so Oblina and Krumm convince him.

Nicky, the human that Ickis scared the night before, dresses up as Ickis for Halloween, which makes Nicky's brother Jake and his friends laughing at him thinking Nicky's a purple bunny rabbit. The monsters escape from the dump and see kids getting candy. All three monsters try to scare the kids, but the kids think that they're humans in costumes, not real monsters. The monsters have reached two houses and a party; after the monsters leave the party, Jake (Nicky's brother) and his friends start egging and T-P-ing the neighborhood. One of Jake's friends mistake Ickis for Nicky, and Krumm and Oblina mistake Nicky for Ickis.

Nicky is taken back to the trio's dorm where they find out Ickis is Nicky in costume, and Ickis gets in Nicky's clothes to fake himself as Nicky. Nicky as Ickis is taken to Monster Academy, and Ickis goes to Nicky's school, when Nicky's teacher asks him to describe his house to the class, but instead of describing Nicky's house, Ickis describes the dump; resulting in him getting detention. After school: Nicky Ickis, Jake, and Jake's friends go back to the house to trade Halloween candy, so Ickis suggests to flush himself down the potty. But when Jake rips off Ickis's hat, they both get into a fight; triggering Ickis's scare mode and chasing Jake's friends away.

Nicky gets home safely (where he taunts Jake, who is hiding under the bed after the traumatic scare) and the monsters are united back together. Back at the Monster Academy, the monster trio, thinking they're not being punished by the Gromble, are being treated like royalty, although they did disobey him. So they have to choose which punishment. Ickis asks what number three, You Don't Wanna Know is, so the door opens revealing a black screen with someone screaming.


  • In this episode, until the Snorch is introduced, it is revealed that The Gromble has three different punishments for any monster who disobeys him:
    1. Something Bad
    2. Something Really Bad
    3. You Don't Want to Know
  • The scene in which Ickis dances at the Halloween party is featured in a Nicktoons commercial advertising Rugrats, Rocko's Modern Life, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters and Hey Arnold!.
  • This is the first episode in which Bradley does not appear.
  • Before Jake pins Ickis to the floor, Ickis was in his Nicky disguise, but when Ickis is on the floor the disguise clothes disappear.
  • This is the only episode to make it into the "Top 100 Greatest Moments In Nicktoon History", when it was ranked #53.

Voice Cast

  • Charlie Adler as Ickis
  • Christine Cavanaugh as Oblina
  • David Eccles as Krumm, Snorch
  • Gregg Berger as The Gromble
  • Steven L. Hartman as Nicky
  • Andrew Leedy as Jake
  • Susan Blu as Mom, Hair, Kid #4
  • Gabrielle Boni as Kid #2, Girl
  • E. Faye Butler as Teacher, Monster #1
  • Jim Cummings as Herb, Monster #3
  • Debi Derryberry as Little Girl, Kid #5
  • Pamela Hayden as Alice, Teen, Tough Girl
  • Jarrett Lennon as Kid #1
  • Aaron Michael Metchik as Kid #3, Kid #9
  • Ron Taylor as Monster #2
  • Erik Von Detton as Vic, Tough Kid


See: The Switching Hour/Gallery