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.

    2. Or that ghost train episode of Hey Arnold?

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

    4. Not a TV show or movie, but..."Charlie the Unicorn" always scared me.

    the other unicorns saying "goodbye charlie" as he goes into the dark cave

    5. And don't even get me STARTED on "Salad Fingers."

    Salad fingers holding up a finger

    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.

    Carl and the other llama with hats on next to the dead guy

    7. Nor was that commercial where the zombie pops up.

    blurry zombie over a picture of a countryside

    8. Or the fucking Maze Game. :(

    level 2 of the maze

    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!!

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

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

    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.

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

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

    Sigourney's character opening the fridge to see a dog-like demon and screaming and closing it

    15. ...and the library scene.

    the ghost librarian turning into a scary ghost as the ghostbusters scream

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

    as they're pursued, the kids try to play piano, with Andy saying she's not positive what a certain note is, then pushing it on the keyboard

    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.

    the leeches attack the boat, where the Baudelaires and Aunt Josephine are inside

    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.

    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.

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

    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.

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