Cast your mind back a bit… what bizarre, completely unreasonable, yet utterly horrifying fears did you have when you were young?
Heaps of people have taken to Twitter to share their own terrors that plagued them in childhood, and while it’s a little mean to take pleasure in someone’s old pain, some of them are side-splittingly hilarious.
These are some of our favourites!
When I was a child, I was so afraid that I would die on the Titanic. I was also terrified of someone poisoning the water system. I was also scared of quicksand but let’s not get into that. What was your odd childhood fear?— Sofie Hagen (@SofieHagen) March 18, 2018
Once when we were 9, we looked through the window of a class room and saw the cleaning lady pour something into a sink. We managed to convince each other that it was probably poison and we ran around the school SCREAMING, knocking cups of water out of people’s hands.— Sofie Hagen (@SofieHagen) March 18, 2018
That my teddy would suffocate in my bed if his head went under the covers....— Louisa (@loobeyloobey) March 18, 2018
I used to be really careful to give my dolls/animals equal attention so that none of them would feel excluded. I don't think it was a fear but I definitely made sure heads were above blankets too. (I still do this w my kids' dolls...)— Janine Fowler (@dopemamapdx) March 19, 2018
I was also "afraid" that Toy Story was real and so I slept with every single stuffed animal that I owned. I didn't want any of them waking up in the middle of the night sad that they were left out.— Samantha Plasky (@Pandette52) March 19, 2018
I would cry if I was still awake past 11pm because I needed to get to sleep faster than everyone else in the house. Comforted myself by remembering that nurses were still awake in hospitals.— Karen Marston (@karenmarston) March 18, 2018
I did the same! I also couldn't handle sleepovers until I was in like 6th grade because of it. Everyone would fall asleep and I'd freak out. So I'd think of all the places that were open 24 hours, because that meant people had to be there and awake.— Squiggy🌺 (@Squigigers) March 19, 2018
That if I didn’t sleep with my baby blanket around my neck, a vampire would murder me.— potato battery not a lemon? (@wonderingwest) March 20, 2018
Anxiety over animals
Dogs. Even little dachshunds. I was definetly a cat person as a kid.— Sarah🍳 (@Sarah__egg) March 19, 2018
I had to be maybe 5 yrs old and I was horrified that a giant octopus 🐙 would take me out! My older brother had a book 20,000 Leagues under the sea and I would always stare at the cover in horror. For years I was terrified of giant octopus! 😳😂— My (@MyMy6381) March 19, 2018
We were afraid of a camel 🐫 in my neighbor's garage. We never saw it, but we knew it was in there. When we walked near their driveway, we would yell 'the camel', then break into a run.— Bflo Skeptic (@skeptifan) March 19, 2018
Baby sharks coming out of the filter in the swimming pool!— Nadja Mattata 🦄 (@yaynadja) March 20, 2018
Pop Culture concerns
The whole H.R. pufnstuf cast! Especially the witch! Yikes!!! 🤤 pic.twitter.com/KOg2aYmSfr— Rod Rodriguez (@RodFromBurbank) March 19, 2018
Ever since I watched that episode of the Magic School Bus where Arnold takes off his helmet on Pluto anything pertaining to space scared the ever-living FUCK out of me— The Krey Sage, equal in virtue to the Duke of Zhou (@splendid_ssbm) March 19, 2018
I thought scolding was scalding and Enid Blyton was a mad bastard— Jenna isn't sad anymore y'know 🍷 (@Jennaweir) March 18, 2018
I thought if I stared into the mirror too long my reflection would start to do stuff I wasn’t doing.— Suzie Dooré (@suziedoore) March 18, 2018
that i would look in the mirror and my own face would melt off and my reflection would be a skeleton and then the skeleton would come out of the mirror and kill me— I bless the rains down in Castamere (@Chinchillazllla) March 19, 2018
whenever i went to pee as a kid i was certain a giant planet-sized eyeball was rushing towards me, and if i didn't finish in the bathroom soon enough. it'd crash into the earth, killing everyone.— Jacob Mills (@JacobWMills) March 18, 2018
no idea why.
I used to think electricity pylons were going to come to life and follow me down the road. Still don't really like being around them.— Jim Gardner (@JimGardnerSNCLP) March 19, 2018
What are your kids afraid of?
Gastro-phobia: My fear of a family outbreak
Shevonne Hunt shares her dread of a family trip to Brown Town.
Night terrors: how to treat them and beat them
A paediatric sleep specialist tells us how to tackle the terrors.
5 expert tips for dealing with kids' nightmares and bedtime anxiety
A paediatric sleep specialist explains how to manage those monsters under the bed.
6 ways to avoid daylight saving messing with your child's sleep
The change to daylight saving time can really interrupt your child's sleep routine, but it doesn't have to.
The Santa dilemma: "Will I ruin Christmas?"
To Santa or not to Santa?
Dear pregnant mum. Let's talk about all the GOOD stuff coming your way!
There's a lot of talk about the tough stuff coming new parents' way, but there's so much wonderful stuff, too!
"Give us both six weeks" – the sweet open letter every new parent needs to read
Spoiler alert: it's from the point of view of your baby.
To the father of my children, here's what I don’t tell you enough
Kids change things, but you're still my big love.