Fancy yourself as a hard man or woman of steel? Well, we bet a fair few of these terrified you when you were a kid!
1. Cat’s Not On!
Next door’s mean-looking moggy who would sit on the fence and glare at you until you were forced to look away terrified you when you were a kid. You always ended up averting your gaze first!
2. The Old Git
The horrible old man who’d who’d come out and shout when you played outside his house. He’d always yell: ‘Go and make that racket in your own street!’ But he lived in a bigger road where there was more room to play. Meanie!
3. Sinister Stories
Those gruesome urban myth tales that friends told you had happened to ‘a friend of a friend’. The story that still haunts you now is the one about a cactus that was filled with baby tarantulas. Horrifying!
4. Creepy Crawly
You remember the tarantula story above so vividly because you hated spiders when you were little. You’re a bit braver these days, but those massive ones, with visible eyes, that run along the skirting board, still send a shiver down your spine…
Even though you watched it avidly, from behind the sofa, Dr Who gave you nightmares. There were evil Daleks, creepy Cybermen, not to mention freaky looking Zygons! The opening titles still send shivers down your spine…
6. Train Of Terror
Yes, it’s true that you went on the ghost train to get scared… But you weren’t expecting those cotton-wool cobwebs that hung down and brushed against your face in the pitch dark! They made you scream out loud!
7. Good Sport? No, Bad!
Some kids liked PE at school. You didn’t. Sports day terrified you when you were a kid. The other schoolkids were watching, along with families and friends. Hundreds of people to witness your humiliation as you fell over in your sack during the race! You did your best to laugh it off, though!
8. The Tooth Is Out There…
That moment when you suddenly noticed just how viciously sharp your otherwise cute hamster’s teeth looked. Better not get on the wrong side of him, eh?!
9. Turned To Jelly!
While on holiday, you’d hear that there were stinging jelly fish in the water and were so terrified of being stung you’d refuse to go in. You wouldn’t even risk a paddle.
10. Lock Shock
Hair-wash night was frightening enough. Shampoo always made your eyes sting. But then your mum would try to detangle your locks. The minute you set eyes on that evil-looking, fine-toothed comb, you’d start to tremble.
11. House Of Horror
There were so many myths surrounding the local ‘spooky house’ (there always was one that terrified you when you were a kid, usually situated near some woods!) Some said a murder had taken place there. Others said it was haunted by someone who’d fallen down the cellar steps and died. Then there were the supposed sightings of a woman wearing white rocking in a chair in the attic. All you know is that you always ran past it and tried not to get a glimpse of the inside!
12. Barking Mad!
Being in the park and noticing a dog had been let off its lead and is running free. As you got near him he’d start barking and baring his teeth. You’d desperately look around for the horrid hound’s owner, but they were always right over the other side of the park! You’d start praying that his bark is worse than his bite…
13. Mean Girls
They’d always hang out in a group of at least three and the mean girls all dressed the same. As you passed them, they’d whisper and point to intimidate you. Sometimes they’d laugh at what you were wearing or call you nasty names.
14. Exam Hell
It didn’t matter how hard you’d revised and how confident you felt beforehand, the second you stepped inside that sports hall to take an exam you could guarantee that you’d instantly forget everything you’d learnt and your heart would sink.
15. Black Looks
When there were no lights on, your childhood bedroom was a very different place. Lying in the dark everywhere took on a scary form as your eyes began to play tricks on you. A quick flick on of the light however would reveal that the monster in the corner is actually a pile of discarded clothes that you were supposed to have put away!
16. Dark Sounds
Another thing that would happen when you switched off your light, was you’d start to hear strange noises! So you learnt this Spike Milligan poem and would recite it out loud: ‘Things that go ‘‘bump’’ in the night, should not really give one a fright. It’s the hole in each ear that lets in the fear. That, and the absence of light!’ It really helped…
17. Getting The Needle!
Back when you were at school, there were compulsory TB vaccinations. All the kids had them. And those who’d had it before you, told horror stories about how much it hurt and how HUGE the needle was! As it turned out, this wasn’t true but you could barely breathe as you waited to get your jab. By the way, routine TB vaccinations in UK schools were scrapped in September 2005.
What terrified you as a youngster? Tell us below…