Month of Scares: First Scary Memory!

As we hit our stride in this Month of Scares, let’s talk about what scared you the most as a little kid!

Well…are you?

I was scared by two very different things as a small Dork.  Firstly, when I was about 4 or 5, I firmly believed that our living room (where I wasn’t allowed to play because it was “formal”) was haunted by a vampire who hid behind the couch and would try and catch me as I was going to bed.

Secondly, I was really scared of Darth Vader.  Not on the whole, but just this scene:

Young Artdork: NOPE!

There was something about the way he emerged from the laser smoke that terrified me to no end.  My uncle (who is 10 years older than me) thought it was hilarious and would chase me around wearing the Darth Vader helmet he got for Christmas.  Jerk.

So what’s your earliest scare!  Let’s talk about it and together, we can get through it.

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Amanda is working on her PhD at Boston University, where she is educating herself out of any useful career. She enjoys art, cats, and arguing about historical figures.
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45 Responses to Month of Scares: First Scary Memory!

  1. taoreader says:

    Why are uncles the worst? Seriously!

    I was scared of so many things. When I was little I was scared of people talking to me. I don’t wanna talk people go do something else!

    I was TERRIFIED of the commercial for It’s Alive, and my older brother would laugh and laugh at it.

    • artdorkgirl says:

      AHHH!! This also reminded me of another childhood fear! So when I was probably 8 or 9 my parents took me to Silver Dollar City, which is like Six Flags but hillbilly themed. Some “hillbillies” in costume came up to me and said something about how I was a pretty girl and then they hid and jumped out and scared me. For the rest of the day I was convinced that they were going to follow me home and kidnap me.

  2. The troll in Ernest Scared Stupid.

  3. Spiders, always. And even though I watched Sesame Street, I was never on board with Muppets/puppets. Labyrinth scared the crap out of me when I first saw it.

    Speaking of Are You Afraid Of The Dark, all the episodes are (legally) on YouTube now!

  4. catweazle says:

    There was some news story about a guy in a red car abducting children when I was somewhere in the 6-8 age range that really freaked me out. I don’t remember if it was even something that happened locally but I was very freaked out by red cars. Our living room had a big picture window facing the street and whenever I was in there (usually practicing piano) I would hide if a car was driving past so they couldn’t see me.

    Also there was this adaptation of The Nutcracker that we taped off TV when I was a kid that had a dream sequence where Clara got bitten by a rat and it gave her a rat face which always scared the shit out of me and I would have to cover my eyes.

    • whatisabadger says:

      I WAS TERRIFIED BY THAT NUTCRACKER MOVIE TOO!!! I don’t think I watched past that scene, it was too much.

  5. Casey says:

    Okay, was anyone else here absolutely traumatized as a child by a book called “Tailypo?”

    My best friend used to have these pre-Halloween parties that his parents hosted that were very creepy where they would play spooky sound effects records and tell ghost stories and things like that, and at one they read this book and it just plain scared the living shit out of me.

  6. Oh, this version of The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow also terrified me and my brother when we were little, but we also LOVED it and made my dad check it out from the library constantly:

  7. flanny says:

    I was very scared of Large Marge from Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. My older brother used to pretend to call her to come get me whenever I was annoying him.

    Btw, I am currently at a conference and we’re on a break and instead of networking I am standing by myself commenting on Homeless Monsters on my phone. #Professional

    • artdorkgirl says:

      I can only hope I have your fortitude when I go to Cleveland next week. I even ordered business cards, just in case I have to interact with people!!

  8. Casey says:

    Man, it’s all flooding back now. The final scene from the Garfield Halloween Special was among the scariest stuff ever, as I recall. They land on that lonely island where they meet this guy:

    Who then disappears just before that freaky scene when the ghost pirate ship comes ashore and Garfield and Odie can’t escape from the manically scratchy pirate ghost skeletons that are seeking their cursed treasure.

    This was not only profoundly scary to me as a wee one, but also a sort of betrayal. Garfield was a safe place for me, god damn it!

  9. I was afraid that at night our furniture came to life and would eat me if I wasn’t asleep. Also I was scared of the movie The Burbs (which is a comedy). Finally, I was afraid that my family would all be killed in a fire or a tornado or something terrible. Yikes!

    • Casey says:

      “The Burbs” was kind of scary! Also, your fear of the furniture eating you if you *weren’t* asleep is so, so perfect!

  10. welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

    I don’t remember if it scared me, but the movie The Last Unicorn was pretty dark for a child…

    • Have you gone back and watched this movie as an adult? A few years ago my roommate and I were reminiscing about how much we loved it as a kid and watched it. We were so disappointed. The story was actually really messed up!

      • welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

        I found a few clips here or there as an adult, but never the whole movie. The story is definitely messed up!

  11. hotspur says:

    I loved scary stuff as a kid. The first R movie I saw, however, was John Carpenter’s The Fog, and YIKES. I was watching it with my parents and kept announcing I had business in the other room. “I just remembered, I need to check something in a book I’m reading,” and “I need to watch a scene on the Little TV for a minute, it’s in a different show that everyone in my class swore to watch.” Even at age 9 I realized they had to be on to me, but I couldn’t help it. The Fog was terrifying.

    Also: Our basement. Always unsettling, and once or twice I could not bring myself to go down into it at all. My sister would descend and return no problem, but I’d think, “No, that is just what they would do. They would leave her untouched in order to trick me.” They were insubstantial, made mostly of darkness themselves, but they could solidify and kill you with claws if they wanted. Sadly perhaps, I’m still not sure they weren’t real.

  12. I was convinced that axe murders (?? Wtf baby me??) were going to break into my room while I was sleeping and chop my head off. I would try to fall asleep with all the blankets over my head because then they would think my room was empty and leave. But then I realized they would just go into the next room and get my parents, who didn’t about the blanket over the head trick. So I would lay in bed and plan how I would escape to my neighbors to call 911.

    • flanny says:

      This is me with my head under the blankets because of three things. 1) Witches. 2) Ghosts from the Titanic. I had issues. 3) Ghosts in general would come and breathe in my ear. I still can’t sleep with my ears uncovered.

  13. Commentatrix says:

    I’ve left this here before, but here it is again in case some of you Gen X-ers want to relieve some memories. But having an older brother the right age for Pink Floyd fandom certainly wasn’t easy on Wee Trixie!

  14. taoreader says:

    I was terrified of a commercial for a stamp featuring the headless horseman chasing Ichabod Crane. It would come on TV and I’d get so scared my heart would pound and I’d have to leave the room. At some point I stayed through the whole thing and saw it was an ad for stamps, which made me feel better. But I still didn’t like it.

    I can’t find the commercial but here’s the stamo:

  15. The Grand High Witch from the Witches

    And the scene in Hook where they put the scorpion in the box always terrified me.

  16. taoreader says:

    Oh, to add to everyone’s bedroom fears–I was convinced aliens were going to kidnap me from my bedroom. If a car drove by at night, I would think it was the sound of a UFO landing in our yard.

    • Casey says:

      I think I posted about it before, but I had this exact same phobia, sparked by a sleepover viewing of “Fire in the Sky.” It lasted years.

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