20 Things That Scared Us As Kids


From movies and cartoons stretching their PG ratings to games with unintentional horrors, we count 20 of the creepiest things in media ever to scare the bejesus out of our younger selves.

20 – The Goosebumps Opening


  • This was based on the fantasy horror book series by R.L Stine
  • And while the show itself had a lot of scary moments like the living dummy, it was the opening that really set the mood for the series
  • Creepy music, the woman at the billboard and the dog, THE DOG and his glowing eyes
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXj9QGz06kk

19 – The Skeksis


  • These are vulture-like creatures from the movie The Dark Crystal
  • What’s really horrifying about them is the way they shamble along, big husks with skeletal hands, TRIAL BY STONE and the infamous noise one of them makes “MMMMMMMM”
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57vaKllPg7k

18 – The Springfield Files


  • This is an early episode of The Simpsons, a spoof of The X-Files still running at the time
  • Homer finds a glowing green ghost in the forest with a high voice that says “don’t be afraid”
  • So, naturally, kids everywhere shit their collective pants
  • Easily the most terrifying Simpsons episode by far, though nowhere near as scary if you’re an adult
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MQ356o5nCk

17 – King Ramses


  • This is from an episode of Courage the Cowardly Dog, ridiculously horrifying show for any kid
  • And this scene shouldn’t be as scary as it is, but it’s just the way Ramses delivers his line and how he’s animated
  • When a stone tablet his removed from his tomb, he shows up to say “return the slab, or suffer my curse” in a slow creepy voice
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3tVfs7jU2k

16 – The ReDead


  • This is from the game The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, though you can still find them in other games from the series
  • They slowly walk around like zombies, their faces covered by a wooden mask with a suction hole like that of a Dementor
  • What’s really creepy though? When a ReDead is defeated, the other ReDeads in the area will approach it, crouch down beside and silently look – but nobody knows why
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONkbc5Narlg


  • Creepy (39%)
  • Epic (24%)
  • No (15%)
  • Wat (13%)
  • Lewd (10%)

6 thoughts on “20 Things That Scared Us As Kids

    1. Thanks to ReDeads, Dead Hand, Wall master, and various other Zelda enemies, I refused to play any of the games for three years. Then there was my first experience with Zelda enemies ever. Ocarina of Time… scared of a Deku Baba…

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