I don’t know about you guys, but growing up, I was a huge wimpy baby. I was afraid of everything and anything and I crept around the world waiting for bad things to happen to me. I mean, let’s be real, I’m still like that. The other day I was home alone and wouldn’t let my dog leave my side.
Anyway, I was worse when I was a kid. I was afraid of the dark, I was afraid of falling asleep, I was terrified of cartoon characters, I couldn’t even think about a dog without crying (I obviously am not afraid of dogs anymore)… I was even afraid of that scene from the movie Beethoven, when the dog comes in and shakes all the water off of him and it gets everywhere. It made me cry and I HAVE NO IDEA WHY BECAUSE IT IS NOT SCARY.
My point is, there are plenty of legitimate things to be scared of in this world, like natural disasters, rapists, serial killers and death. Then there are the irrational things that kids are scared of that make no sense. We’ve all been a kid with a weird fear before, so let’s talk about it. Here are 16 things we were irrationally afraid of when we were kids… and please don’t tell me it wasn’t just me.
E.T. the Extra-TerrestrialE.T. was - supposedly - a really good movie. I wouldn't know because I was terrified of it. It was mainly about E.T.'s creepy long finger... and then it evolved into a full-blown fear of aliens. I know a ton of kids who were scared of E.T. as well. It's just creepy!
JumanjiI loved the movie Jumanji... but it also scared the crap out of me. I thought I was fine until I went to play the actual game and doubts started going through my mind. Like, what if the stuff in the movie actually happened in real life? It was kind of terrifying.
Bees because of My GirlThanks to My Girl, I had a seriously irrational fear of bees and bee stings. I mean, honestly, who thought it was a good idea to put that scene in that movie?? It was one of the most traumatizing moments of my entire life. I can't even think about it. I was so scared of getting a bee sting that when I finally got my first one, at 13-years-old, I passed out.
All Dogs Go To HeavenI have no idea why I was afraid of this movie, but all I know is that I was so scared, my parents had to hide the VHS because every time I saw it I literally wouldn't stop crying. When I tell people about this weird fear, they try to justify it by saying it was a little traumatizing since the dogs died. I honestly don't know the reason behind this fear, but I have a feeling it had something to do with my other paralyzing fear of dogs in general.
Disney VillainsI guess it's not that irrational for a kid to be afraid of Disney villains... they're evil. But now that I look back on it, it seems irrational. As an adult, I can appreciate how great these characters are - evil, yeah, but also funny and kind of awesome.
Looking Under The BedTo be honest with you guys, I STILL hate looking under the bed. This fear started when I heard a terrifying urban legend scary story called "Humans Can Lick, Too" (read that here if you want to get the shivers). It was incredibly terrifying. It only got worse when I saw the movie The Sixth Sense and had to deal with Mischa Barton's terrifying ghost character. Beds = monsters.
FurbiesI know Furbies have made a huge comeback and you all love them, but can we be honest for a second? These things are really actually very creepy. I mean, LOOK at it. I've never owned one, even when they were popular when I was a kid, because I hated them. Their weird little voices and bulging eyes... ick.
Visible PlanetsLike I said before, E.T. instilled in me a fear of aliens. So I guess that's why I was scared of visible planets - you know, when the sky is really clear and other stuff is going on in the galaxy and a really, really bright star is actually a planet? Yeah. I was scared whenever that happened. It creeped me out, like we were closer to that planet and aliens were going to hop off it and invade Earth. I don't know. Source: ShutterStock
Getting DrunkI know this sounds weird, but as a kid, I was really scared of getting drunk. I actually know a lot of other kids who felt the same way. My fear started when I was really young and was eavesdropping on my mom on the phone. She was saying she drank too much and lost a shoe and my dad got mad at her (sorry, Mom). I was like OMG LOOK WHAT DRINKING DOES TO YOU. Then later in life, I had a slightly more traumatizing experience. I was innocently at the beach with my family when a rather large drunk dude whipped off his bathing suit and started dancing with his penis flopping around. My mom said he was drunk and I was like, that's it. Never, ever drinking. Ever. Source: ShutterStock
Claymation Christmas - The California RaisinsDo you guys remember the Claymation Christmas movies? I liked some of them, like Rudolph The Red-Nose Reindeer, but I hated those freakin' California Raisins. HATED them. I don't know why. They were wrinkly and weird and they shouldn't have been doing human things because they were raisins.
Ren & StimpyThese is only one thing in this world that scares me more than Ren & Stimpy and that is spiders. I know this sounds ridiculous and everyone always laughs at me, but guys... I am beyond terrified of Ren & Stimpy. I actually had to make my sister look up this photo and put it in here for me because I can't. I can't think about them, I can't hear them and I definitely can't look at them. I don't know why, but I literally have a paralyzing fear of them.
The Big Baby from RugratsI really don't like a lot of cartoons in general (something about them freaks me out), but few characters scared me more than the Big Baby from that one Rugrats episode where Angelica dreams she isn't an only child anymore. This baby was HORRIFYING. Horrifying. I can't even... ugh. No.
The Brave Little ToasterOh, man. The Brave Little Toaster. While I watched this movie a few times, I could never really get behind it. It scared me! The whole thing freaked me out. I'm starting to think I just don't like inanimate objects acting like humans.
The Music From The Wizard Of OzThe Wizard Of Oz on it's own is a pretty creepy movie. There is a lot of weird stuff happening and it's scary for a kid! But what really put me over the edge was the music. So creepy!
Y2KIf you guys thought doomsday stuff was bad before 12/21/12, you should have seen it before Y2K. Even though I rationally knew that the world wasn't going to end, I was still scared. Sitting at my New Year's Eve party that year, I couldn't help freaking out, as if at midnight exactly, the Earth would open up and swallow us all. Yeah. It didn't happen.
Getting LostI know a few kids who had this similar fear of getting lost. When I was younger, I was so freaked out by the idea of being lost. When I would go on drives with my parents and they would even hint that they didn't know where they were, I would have mini panic attacks and cry. We could have been in the middle of Manhattan with thousands of resources all around us and I still wouldn't feel safe. What can I say? I was a weird kid. Source: ShutterStock
What were you afraid of when you were a kid? Which of these things do you agree or disagree with? What did I miss? Tell me in the comments.