23 Things That Personally Scarred Me For Life As A Kid


“Floop is a madman! Help us! Save us!”

Maybe I am just a scaredy-cat, but there are MANY things I saw growing up that just freaked the hell out of me. And I’m not just talking about that time my dad let me watch The Blair Witch Project when I was 4.

I’m talking about shows, videos, and movies MEANT for kids. Since some of these still haunt me at night, here’s a full list of scenes, shorts, and moments that truly scarred me for life:

1.

When the lizard crawled into Meredith’s mouth in The Parent Trap.


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This quickly became an irrational fear of mine.

2.

Or that ghost train episode of Hey Arnold?


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That shit stays with you.

3.

I’m sorry, but the sand lion thing from Aladdin does NOT belong in a film meant for kids.


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It literally swallows a dude!! God, this movie freaked me out.

5.

And don’t even get me STARTED on “Salad Fingers.”


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I still see this dude in my nightmares.

6.

“Llamas With Hats” is funny and I still quote it, but…seeing a stabbed dude with his arms eaten off was probably not the best thing for 7-year-old me.


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OK, I lied. This came out when I was 14, and it still freaked me out.

7.

Nor was that commercial where the zombie pops up.

9.

Everyone kept talking about Lord of the Rings like it was similar to Harry Potter, so let’s just say I was NOT expecting everything that went down on Mount Doom!!


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Did anyone else develop an irrational fear of lava after this?

10.

Although the scene of Harry killing Quirrell in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was pretty traumatizing, as well.


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Honestly, I think this is one of the most disturbing moments in the entire series. And it’s never brought up that 11-year-old Harry straight-up killed a man again.

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But nothing matches the horror of the ice cube death scene in Agent Cody Banks.


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Never forget that one of the freakiest movie deaths of all time was at the hands of Hilary Duff. 

12.

I know I’ve talked about this before, but seriously. The live-action gorilla suit in that SpongeBob episode is still one of the top-10 scariest things I have EVER seen.


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Who came up with this?? I just wanna talk.

13.

This was a tiny moment in Lord of the Rings, but when Bilbo’s face changed…I, too, changed.


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I have never been the same.

14.

I used to literally fast-forward through the part of Ghostbusters when Sigourney Weaver opens the fridge to see that freaky monster.

15.

…and the library scene.

16.

That Goonies scene where Andy has to play the piano correctly or they’ll all die still gives me stomach knots.


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I still hate this scene, because it’s so damn stressful.

17.

I literally thought you would get eaten alive by leeches if you went into the water too soon after eating for years after seeing this scene in A Series of Unfortunate Events.


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I know they didn’t *show* Aunt Josephine’s death, but still, it was way too disturbing.

18.

The whole “return the slab” Courage the Cowardly Dog episode was freaky…

19.

But the episode where the ghost came out of the record player literally made me afraid of music. OF MUSIC.


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Courage the Cowardly Dog was pure nightmare fuel, and it should NOT have been classified as a kids’ show. 

20.

The Fooglies in Spy Kids were literally terrifying, and I don’t get how parents were OK with that show, even in the fictional world of Spy Kids.

21.

And when they played the theme backwards so it said, “FLOOP IS A MADMAN! HELP US! SAVE US!” I almost burst into tears.


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Also, remember all those, like, “hidden demonic messages in songs” videos about, like, “…Baby One More Time” and “Revolution 9”?? I used to click those out of morbid curiosity and then not be able to sleep due to nightmares.

22.

I’d also like to give an honorable mention to the thumb thumbs from Spy Kids.


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I swear I kind of look like these things when I wear my hair in a low ponytail.

23.

And finally, the Star Wars prequels came out when I was super young, and let me tell you something: Even when you have no idea what the hell is going on, seeing some screaming dude with red eyes and all his limbs literally burned off scars you. Forever.


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Somehow I conflated this fight scene, the Mount Doom AND the “you shall not pass” scene from Lord of the Rings, and the Quirrell scene in Harry Potter into some horrifying lava/fire-based film that I vaguely remembered seeing as a child. It wasn’t until I rewatched the full films as an adult that I realized my mistake.

Now it’s your turn — what kids’ video, show, and movie moments terrified you growing up? Let us know in the comments!

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