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13 things that utterly terrified you as a kid

And maybe still do a little bit.

1. Being the last one to turn off the downstairs lights

And legging it up the stairs because there’s a ghost behind you.

Flickr/竜次 ryuuji (via @Jaskahlon)

2. Losing your mum while out shopping

Flickr/Danny Nicholson

3. The monster lurking under the bed


4. The dark, dark water


5. This woman

From Roald Dahl’s The Witches.

6. When your mate’s dad lost the head with you

SO MUCH WORSE than your own parents.

Dad photo via Shutterstock

7. The thought of this happening


8. Or this


9. (Or this)


10. Accidentally swallowing an apple pip

And thinking a tree would grow inside you.


11. This unholy creation from Toy Story


12. The boiler noise


13. And worst of all, the wooden spoon


Nothing was more terrifying than the wooden spoon.

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Michael Freeman

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