Top 10 Childhood Fears


The Top Ten

1 The Dark

I'm still afraid of the dark, but not as much as last year. - Luckys

I used to hate the dark as a little kid, now the effect flopped, one shining light in my room I tend to stay away from.

To me, it’s not about being scared of the dark itself, but thinking about what could be in it. This is why I hate the dark

The Dark always scared the crap outta me - TwilightKitsune

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2 The Monster In the Closet/Under the Bed

Fortunately this never happened and I didn't have a fear of these either The Boogyman, Clowns, Vampires (Twilight was after my childhood it was non existent in the 90s), Zombies, Frankenstein's Monster, Dolls, Spiders (I watched a cartoon called Spider: I'm only scary because I'm hairy), Teletubbies, Cartman and Barney The Dinosaur.

To get over this fear, just saw the legs off the bed - TwilightKitsune

I'm sure everyone had this fear once - bobbythebrony

I watched Monsters Inc. and felt better - PeeledBanana

3 The Boogyman

A monster that stalks children sleeping in their beds waiting to eat them for snacks. - Daviddv0601


4 Sharks Sharks Sharks are a group of fish characterized by a cartilaginous skeleton, five to seven gill slits on the sides of the head, and pectoral fins that are not fused to the head. Sharks have been around before the earth's first dinosaurs and even the earth's first trees.

Sharks are one of the reasons why I don't like oceans. Have you seen the goblin shark? No thank you. - Pegasister12

5 Clowns

When I was very young, I never used to be scared of clowns. In fact, I would always want to run up to one whenever I saw one. However, then I watched It. While it didn't scare me enough, it made me think twice before encountering a clown. Then I heard on the news that a psychotic killer was on the loose disguised as a clown, I became paranoid of clowns around me, in fear he was going to be the killer and kill me, my friends and family. To this day, I still think twice before encountering a clown. - Daviddv0601

Clowns never scared me for some reason. Sure there were creepy clowns like IT but it never scared me.

I like circus clowns but creepy clowns HECK NO

I watched It when I was 5. I have never felt the same way about clowns again... - Haumea

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6 Vampires

Same here bob

I sometimes wish I was a vampire - bobbythebrony

I come from a country that's believed vampired are from,and I never feared them,I actually wanted to be one lol

7 Zombies

I've had enough nightmares about zombies. - Daviddv0601

8 The Deep End in the Swimming Pool

My brother almost drowned - Luckys

I love deep water!

I always thought I heard screaming in there, to the point of my imagination picturing a dead girl ready to pull me under and drown me as she stares into my soul. - Daviddv0601

9 Frankenstein's Monster Frankenstein's Monster
10 Big Dogs

When I was 2 my aunt had a dog that tried to bite me. When I was 23 I visited my aunt again and she got another dog who also tried to bite me AGAIN...TWICE!

I now no longer trust any dogs that she owns because of my experiences.

I've been bitten in the face by dogs, and one of them completely split my bottom lip open which resulted in me getting stitches. I've also had bad times whenever I own one, and now my dad hates dogs

This is my childhood fear, now I don't walk past dogs if they bark at me. They have already attacked me twice, so I stay away from ones that bark at people - Martinglez

The reason why I dislike dogs is because once a dog attacked me and bit me really hard on my hand when I was 4, and I had to go and get stitches. - Catacorn

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The Contenders

11 Dolls

They are the reason why I keep stuffed animals instead of dolls. - Pegasister12

That word is scary!

I feak out so badly with there fixed stares

12 Daddy's Belt

THIS IS CHILD ABUSE! But still common, especially in black and even some Asian households.

13 Spiders

When I was 7 I saw a SUPER MEGA HAIRY spiderweb in my bathroom. I still have visions of it to this day.

Just the thought of lying casually in your bed and suddenly a spider crawls up to your neck is enough to prove you're scared of spiders. - Daviddv0601

I’m still scared of those to this very day!

I still have the fear to this day. - Pegasister12

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14 Toothpaste


15 Snakes

I hate them slippery bastards - bobbythebrony

16 The Original Night Stalker

I'm still afraid of him to this day Just Kidding - Seventies-Music-Fan

What’s that?

17 Thunderstorms

Once when I was younger a blackout occurred while I was in the bathroom during the middle of a storm and I screamed.

I always feel like a tornado will start.

18 Puppets

Since I was 5 years I am still afraid of puppets and they're like a lot of scary movies about puppets including child's play,Annabelle etc every time I used to see a puppet and my mom would want to buy it I would cry for my mom not to buy it

I blame Slappy from Goosebumps... - Daviddv0601

Daviddv0601 don’t blame Slappy he will kill you.

19 Dad

I love my daddy! He is awesome and he would NEVER hit me with a belt instead I got timeouts and my mom did spankings but very rarely

Especially when he's mad

20 Scary Logos

As an Asian, I grew up watching TVB programs with my family. When I was a toddler till about early elementary school-aged, the music from the TVBI logo (especially the rumbling sound at the end) would frighten me. I had to run and hide whenever the logo came on.

21 Claw Machine

When I was little I thought that the claw in those machines would randomly try to grab me.

22 Teletubbies Teletubbies Teletubbies is a British pre-school children's television series created by Ragdoll Productions' Anne Wood CBE and Andrew Davenport, who wrote each of the show's 365 episodes .

I only watched it because I thought Teletubbies where cute.

23 Cough Medicine

That cold hard discipline

THEY TASTED SO GROSS! (Especially the grape-flavored Triaminic)

24 Cartman
25 Big Roller Coasters

One of the ways to conquer this fear is to start small (kiddie coaster) and start working up to the bigger coasters (unless if you are a little kid and are not tall enough for huge coasters).

Well, actually, I wasn’t scared of any rides when I was little, so I went on a roller coaster with a lot of loops and almost fell off. Now, i’m scared of going upside down on rides!

26 Barney the Dinosaur Barney the Dinosaur Barney The Dinosaur is a purple dinosaur from the TV series "Barney and Friends", as well as the VHS series before that known as "Barney and the Backyard Gang". He was created by Sheryl Leach in 1987, to entertain her 2 year old son. He is infamously known for his "I Love You" song, and his TV series more.

I’ve absolutely HATED Barney since I was a kid. - railfan99

27 Dentist

Mine tied em down and puled out my baby teeth extremely hard...*shudders* :(

28 Your own family

When my relatives were mad I would get threatened with a spanking!

29 Teacher
30 Insects
31 School
32 Bullies
33 Slipper

Asian kids can relate to this

34 Coat Hangers

Asian kids can relate to this

35 Backscratcher

Asian kids can relate to this

36 Flyswatter

Asian kids can relate to this

37 Feather Duster

Asian kids can relate to this

38 Piece of Wood

Asian kids can relate to this

39 Chopsticks

Asian kids can relate to this

40 Your Mom's Hand


41 Animatronics
42 Bedbugs
43 Hot Sauce Hot Sauce

Common punishment torture method

44 Automatic Flushing Toilets

The loud sounds would jumpscare me when I was younger.

45 Doctor

When I was 2 I went to the doctor's for earwax removal and I freaked out and screamed my head off.

46 Jason Voorhees Jason Voorhees Jason Voorhees is a character from the Friday the 13th series. He first appeared in Friday the 13th as the young son of camp cook-turned-murderer, Mrs. Voorhees.
47 Thunder
48 Lightning
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