What Scared You When You Were a Kid?

scary clown in woods

When I was growing up, I couldn’t help but notice that some of the other children around me had a range of phobias, including snakes, getting any report card grade less than an A, zombie movies, fish, and lightning, just to name a few. I was a pretty fearless kid who wasn’t creeped out by movie monsters and creepy crawlies, but according to all of the people who shared their stories below, I might be the odd one out:

Do you think they saw the remake?

Aman Anand wrote: “I watched the adaptation of Stephen King's ‘It’ when I was around eight, and it put me off clowns for life.”

“Even when I see harmless Cameron in 'Modern Family' don his clown suit, it still makes shudder ever so slightly.”

Extremely sad, but I’ll bet this is a common one…

“As a child,” Neha Jha said: “I thought that it was my fault that my parents fought, and I believed that I did something wrong to get beaten up. Also, if I would tell it to anyone else, I will be laughed at.”

“When I grew up, I learnt that it is called domestic violence and you are not supposed to keep quiet.”

IT’S ALIVE!!!

Dan Birchfield wrote about how a classic movie monster creeped him out since childhood:

“What scared and terrified me the most as a child was ‘The Frankenstein Monster.’ Horrifying, is he not? He is from the 1931 movie starring Boris Karloff as the monster, an adaptation loosely based on the 1818 novel by Mary Shelley.”

“I watched the movie on TV with my older brother during a ‘Friday Night Frights’ thing," Birchfield wrote. "I was probably around 7 or 8. The movie gave me nightmares. I dreamed I was on our front porch when the Frankenstein monster came shuffling down the sidewalk in his slow, ambling gait, with his arms outstretched before him.”

Dan continued: “He stopped in front of the house, turned, and looked right at me. He raised a gnarled hand and menacingly pointed his finger at me. Nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide.”

“My heart rose up hammering into my chest. I couldn’t breathe, and woke up shrieking in mortal terror. He raised a gnarled hand and menacingly pointed his finger at me. Nearly 50 years later that nightmare still haunts me.”