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What objects do you remember being scared of in childhood?

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wanderings Wed 19-Sep-18 10:34:06

Rationally or otherwise? Some of mine were:

Seeing a toilet with the seat up - it looked like an open-mouthed monster, and I remember it being at my eye level too.

Shoes with buckles, especially when someone else was fastening them on to my feet, because I couldn't get them off myself. Velcro ones were OK though.

Lifts, especially the old-fashioned ones with metal gates instead of sliding doors, now quite rare.

Balloons. Even now they bring me out in a cold sweat, because they might burst.

MorningsEleven Wed 19-Sep-18 10:43:52

The toilet.

I'm still scared of lifts. I had a lift-based misadventure when I was four and I'd rather walk on hot coals than go in a death box.

vampirethriller Wed 19-Sep-18 11:48:48

Mirrors at night, I felt like they were watching me. And I was terrified of people looking at me through windows for some reason. Even if I knew the person! That lasted til I was nearly 20.

TheFaerieQueene Wed 19-Sep-18 11:51:49

Nuns. Convent educated!
They still terrify me.

spaceraidersrock Wed 19-Sep-18 11:52:18

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elQuintoConyo Wed 19-Sep-18 11:58:47

From being around 4-9yo:

Excavators and other heavy machinery. Weirdly not snowploughs hmm

Massive lorries (still wary of them).

The lectric box in my boxroom - especially if there was a storm, i was conviced it would blow up if lightning hit it (i was 5yo).

The u-bend in sinks, i didn't like the fact that you could see water when you were brushing your teeth. I got scared of drains later, aged around 12yo, because i was reading Stephen Ling's IT grin

Our shed, it was just sinister and smelt horribly of creosote and there were always earwigs around it.

One of the upstairs windows at primary school as someone said you could see the ghost of the headless butler walkkng about.

We lived next to a graveyard, never once felt spooked about that.

ArtemisWeatherwax Wed 19-Sep-18 12:01:38

Oh god yes the pressure cooker - it was terrifying.

Also escalators.
And train lines. Johnny won't need his trainers anymore.

BeyondAnOmnishambles Wed 19-Sep-18 12:01:50

Bertie Bassett <shudder>

BeyondAnOmnishambles Wed 19-Sep-18 12:03:02

(specifically, I had a cuddly one and would be convinced it moved)

ArtemisWeatherwax Wed 19-Sep-18 12:04:44

And bridges with slats in so you could see what you were going over.

My mother is scared of some of these ^^ and also spiral staircases and a whole bunch of other things and "made us" scared of them by her total overreaction to them. I mean - stairs, really - which in turn has made me not want to pass any anxiety onto my children. Oh lets go and look at that huge dog that could eat you in one gulp, kids grin

shitwithsugaron Wed 19-Sep-18 12:10:46

Those ginormous glass bottles in the Boots shop window, filled with blue liquid blush

wanderings Wed 19-Sep-18 12:15:27

Seeing someone with their face partly or fully hidden. For example: people in Santa costume with mouth hidden under their beard; crash helmets; swimming caps (someone's appearance changes completely if their hair disappears); even other kids blindfolded for playing games. I didn't mind when it was my turn though.

Luminous hands on alarm clocks, or those with bells on top. I think I would have found Gro-clocks freaky!

LongSummerDays Wed 19-Sep-18 12:15:40

Escalators.

Gilead Wed 19-Sep-18 12:17:40

Agree with Nuns and Lifts!
Where I lived there was a path that had a light on it. The light was a square shaped thing behind a grille, rectangular, looked like a robot coming to life. Terrified a small child in the 1960s!

Leland Wed 19-Sep-18 12:19:46

I think these are all from the toddler years.

My mother's dressing gown hanging on the back of my bedroom door -- which looked like the silhouette of a witch at night in the dark. Never occurred to me to take it down during the day, though.

An ad for fabric conditioner which featured a woman wrapping a toddler in a bathsheet, which used to terrify me for reasons I'm unsure about.

The theme tune to 'Black Beauty', 'Galloping Home'.

A cheap colour print of a (probably 19thc?) painting of a little girl dancing forward out of a dim background with her dress full of flowers. It hung in the very dark hall of my grandmother's house, and was hard to make out, and I found it absolutely terrifying.

UrbaneSprawl Wed 19-Sep-18 12:20:27

I have really vivid memories of being terrified walking down the underpass from South Ken tube to the Science Museum etc. - I was convinced that a tube train was going to come down the tunnel any moment.

Purplehammer Wed 19-Sep-18 12:23:34

The dark.
Sweeping brushes.( DM used to put one at the foot of the stairs I daren’t go past it.)
Santa ,DM couldn’t take me anywhere where there might be one.
Apparently I was told he would never come to our house,when I was under 2. I was terrified.

BeyondAnOmnishambles Wed 19-Sep-18 12:23:38

My nan has paintings up in the bedrooms and I was always convinced they were alive and moved at night.

bearhug Wed 19-Sep-18 12:25:04

My grandparent's pendulum clock. The ticking, so loud! Still not keen on noisy clocks now really and would never have one in the house.

fantasmasgoria1 Wed 19-Sep-18 12:26:57

Mannequins. I used to have nightmares about them. I used to feel they might come alive and get me! I still eye them suspiciously!

iklboo Wed 19-Sep-18 12:27:47

Clowns (still am). Screamed the circus down and had to be taken home.

Porcelain dolls.

Sand. First beach holiday was not a success. Still not a fan.

Mirrors at night.

Deep still water (pretty sensible I suppose but I always used to feel like I was in it looking up at myself).

villainousbroodmare Wed 19-Sep-18 12:29:18

Gratings in the pavement, especially large pnes with narrow wobbly bars.

TerfsUp Wed 19-Sep-18 12:30:26

Basements. And furnaces. The house I grew up in had a furnace in the basement, which was the pinnacle of terrifying for me.

CakeNinja Wed 19-Sep-18 12:30:47

A blue plaster on the finger of the waiter in Pizza Hut. I remember hiding under the table in sheer terror at the blue plaster confused

Also my cousins rubber witch. He used to put it in front of his bedroom door so i wouldn’t go in and annoy him grin

Iamagreyhoundhearmeroar Wed 19-Sep-18 12:31:36

A wicker work monkey with glass eyes, that sat on my Granny’s bookshelf. Actually had nightmares about the sinister little bastard, long after she’d passed away and the house had been sold confused

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