This year our 8-year-old daughter told me she wants to dress up as “something scary” for Halloween. I guess I knew that her affection for sweet Tinkerbell and Disney Princess costumes would not last forever.
To this day I still call her “Pumpkin” after a cute outfit she wore on her first Halloween when she was just 3 months old. Since then she’s been a bevy of cute characters, even Chinese Takeout one year!
To help with her costume selection, I looked up what scares people the most? Here is a list of the Top Ten Phobias people report. Oddly, Coulrophobia, the Fear of Clowns, didn’t make the list?
- Acrophobia – Fear of Heights
- Claustrophobia – Fear of Enclosed Spaces
- Nyctophobia – Fear of the Dark
- Ophidiophobia – Fear of Snakes
- Arachnophobia – Fear of Spiders
- Trypanophobia – Fear of Injection/Needles
- Astraphobia – Fear of Thunder and Lightning
- Nosophobia – Fear of Having a Disease
- Mysophobia AKA Germophobia – Fear of Germs
- Triskaidekaphobia – Fear of the Number 13
Do any of these bother you? Not me! Well . . . except maybe taking a dark elevator to the 13th floor with a coughing clown holding a spider and a syringe?
My daughter and I are dressing in coordinating scary costumes this Halloween. I’d tell you what, but then our 8-year-old would have to kill you, so I’ll save the reveal for after Halloween.