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15 Things That Have Terrified Kids Through the Ages

By Kacy Faulconer |

What scared you as a kid? Do the same things scare you now?

It’s been interesting to talk to my kids about what they find most scary around Halloween. Even though they are growing up with cell phones and Facebook profiles, it’s the same good old-fashioned (sometimes downright medieval) creatures and entities that have scared kids for generations that still really get to my kids, and to me.

Some things are so frightening that they’re timeless and have been causing nightmares for years.

What you are about to see isn’t something cute that you can pin and cross stitch later, unless you are seriously deranged. These are serious spooks with staying power. You are about to look upon the face of pure unadulterated evil. Do you dare? We’ll see, after the jump.


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15 Things That Have Terrified Kids Through the Ages

Evil Spirits

I was never afraid of ghosts in general. Casper was downright friendly, after all. But evil spirits? Those were the ones you had to watch out for. Whether they were Satan's minions or simply avenging their own untimely deaths as independent contractors, you didn't want to raise the wrath of one.
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7 thoughts on “15 Things That Have Terrified Kids Through the Ages

  1. Crystal T says:

    I am ashamed to admit this, but at age 31 I am still terrified of most of these things.

  2. DeathMetalMommy says:

    Clowns are always scary, that is not relegated to Halloween.

  3. Tamsin says:

    The unknown is filled with clowns.

  4. Melissa C says:

    Your link for the black rubber suit made me LOL.

    1. Kacy Faulconer says:

      Who buys a rubber suit at Sears!

  5. robin says:

    when i was a kid, i was certain that there were two scary men under my bed. one was big and fat and his job was to drill a hole through my mattress to get to me. the other was very skinny and his job was to squeeze between the wall and my bed to get me. i am still afraid of the monster under my bed. i still jump onto my bed at night. i’m 33.

    1. Kacy Faulconer says:

      That sounds like an episode of X-Files.

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