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24 Creepy, Bizarre, And Terrifying Characters Who Ruined Your Childhood

"Jim Carrey was the root of all my nightmares."

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We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about their childhood fears. Here are some of the movie and TV show characters that gave them nightmares:

1. The pool monster from Are You Afraid of the Dark?


"After watching that Are You Afraid of the Dark? episode with the monster in the pool, I would NEVER swim by myself. I still don't like being in a pool alone."


2. The Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz


"When I was a kid, I was terrified of the Wicked Witch of the West. I was convinced she lived in my closet, and I would have dreams she'd grab me and pull me into the closet!"



11. The Martians from Mars Attacks!

Warner Bros.

"I was TERRIFIED of the Martians in Mars Attacks!. To this day I won't watch the movie because they freak me out so much. I thought one was hiding in my closet and I had recurring nightmares about it."



13. Slappy the Dummy from Goosebumps

Columbia Pictures

"I was afraid that if I didn't turn the bathroom light on before I went in, Slappy the Dummy from Goosebumps would come out of the toilet and attack me."


15. The leprechaun from The Leprechaun

Trimark Picture

"My dad let me watch The Leprechaun when I was in third grade. I had a nightmare about it when I stayed at my grandma's so I thought he lived in her basement. It took me years to be able to go down there without fearing he was going to come get me." —vsturgeon


17. Captain Hook from Peter Pan


"I thought Captain Hook was going to come out of the toilet when I flushed it. But I knew I had to flush, so I would flush the toilet, sprint out of the bathroom, and lock my bedroom door."


18. E.T. from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Universal Pictures

"As a kid, I was terrified of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. His long fingers and extendable neck freaked me out. I ended up putting 'No Alien' signs on all the windows and doors, praying he wouldn't show up at my house. I had nightmares for years."


19. Harry Wormwood from Matilda

TriStar Pictures

"I was scared of Danny DeVito. I watched Matilda all the time and had a nightmare that he snuck into my room, bleached my hair, and glued his ugly hat to my head."



20. Gengar from Pokémon

Cartoon Network

"I loved Pokémon as a kid and the Pokémon Gengar scared me so much. The moment I saw him I was terrified. I was even scared to go to the bathroom because I thought he'd grab me through the toilet."


22. The aliens from Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

Paramount Pictures

"After watching Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, I was terrified my parents were going to get abducted by the aliens. I wouldn't let my mom out of my sight for over six months."


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