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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!"

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

Characters Present


On Halloween night, 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.


On Halloween night, a small human boy named Nicky is taking out the garbage. He spots a little monster, who startles him. Nicky alerts his older brother Jake of this monster, who thinks Nicky is crazy as he saw the monster as a "bunny rabbit". Nicky is now angered, but continues with his chores also thinking about the little monster who scared him. 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". Three of the monsters are disappointed, as they were planning on escaping to the human world. After school ends and they are in their room, the little bunny monster doesn't want to disobey the Gromble so two convince him.

Nicky, the human that the monster scared the night before, dresses up as him for Halloween, which makes 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 ruining the neighborhood with eggs and toilet paper. Nicky nearly wanders off into the woods without the others knowing. One of Jake's friends mistake the little monster for Nicky, and and the other two mistake Nicky for as the little monster. He passed out after the one scared him and took him away.

Nicky is taken back to the trio's dorm where they find out it is Nicky in costume as he wakes up. Nicky was freaked out by this but they introduced themselves that goes by the names Oblina and Krumm. They demanded to know what he has done with Ickis, a little purple imp they were with. Nicky recognized him and he said that he made the costume to look like him. However, if Jake comes home without him, he will be grounded for life. Oblina agreed with Krumm and they must find Ickis and return Nicky.

Meanwhile, Ickis was taken to Jake's house. Jake still thought that Ickis is Nicky still wearing his costume. So Ickis gets in Nicky's clothes to fake himself. 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 his friends go back to the house to trade Halloween candy, so Ickis suggests to flush himself down the toilet. But when Jake rips off Ickis' hat, they both get into a fight; triggering Ickis' jumpscare 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 reunited 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 punishment #3, "You Don't Want To Know" is, so the door opens revealing a black screen with someone screaming.

Home Media


  • Aaahh!!! Real Monsters: Monsters' Night Out


  • Aaahh!!! Real Monsters: Season 1


  • Aaahh!!! Real Monsters: Season 1
  • Nickelodeon Rewind, Volume 1


  • In this episode, until the Snorch is introduced, it is revealed that The Gromble has 3 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.
  • This episode was released on the VHS release, Monsters' Night Out.
  • This episode re-aired on November 22, 2007 during the Super Stuffed Nicktoons Weekend.

Voice Cast


See: The Switching Hour/Gallery


See: The Switching Hour/Transcript