Kids Say the Scariest Things... | Confessions of a Stay-At-Home Mom

June 11, 2012

Kids Say the Scariest Things...

Scary movies aren't really my thing.

I'd like to think it's because I'm terribly empathetic and compassionate, but I've never been able to watch a horror movie without it completely screwing with my mind. Ok, if we are honest, I also have an overwhelmingly active imagination, which doesn't help either.

I remember being a small child, and my parents allowing me to watch movies like Gremlins and Killer Klowns from Outer Space. Have you seen them? I don't care if they are labeled "Comedy Horror."  To a 5 year old, they are sheer terror.  Do you know how many nights I laid awake, wondering if there were gremlins wreaking havoc in my closet? Or that I might wake up to a Killer Klown just staring at me, all creepy and and ready to attack, from the corner of my room?

I admit, I am the only one to blame for picking books such as  Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz out at the library.  People, those stories are creepy. The titles do not lie.  Some of those stories still haunt me to this day.

See? I'm a total lame-o.

But this is why I avoid scary movies like the plague.  When The Ring came out in theaters, I went with two of my guy friends to watch it.  Well, that's not entirely true. I believe I had been under the impression we were seeing a different movie, and they did the ol' switcharoo on me once we arrived at the theatre. Since they drove me, I was kind of stuck with no choice but to watch. I figured I was there with 2 strong men, so how scared would I really get?

Apparently, paralyzingly so.

Within the first 5 minutes, I was near tears and watching through my fingers as I held my hands to my face.  After the movies, the guys dropped me back at home (I was living with my mom at the time). I could not convince myself that the long-haired freak girl would not climb out of the TV. So what did I do? I did what any sane and rational person would do: 

I climbed into bed with my Mom.

Did I mention I was 22 at the time?

Total. Lame-o.

So then enter Parenthood. I have been blessed with 2 daughters.  

Two sweet, angelic little girls. 

Have you noticed how the theme in movies recently is to take sweet angelic children and make them horrifyingly supernatural? They become possessed, psycho-killers who commune with dead people.

Kids will be kids.  So, sometimes? My kids say weird crap.  In the past year, Chica began talking about Yugi.  Yugi is her imaginary friend. Who is a dragon. Who sometimes frightens her in the middle of the night.

I know all kids have imaginary friends. But I can't help the fact that when my daughter starts talking to an invisible entity that is lurking somewhere in the room (who may or may not be a fire-breathing dragon), the hair stands up on my neck.

Some nights we can hear Chica calling down to us from the monitor after we've tucked her into bed. A few weeks ago, I hear Chica calling out, so I go up to check on her. This is the conversation that follows:



"Who was that?"

"Who was who, sweetie?"

"Who just walked by my door?"

(I confirm the fact in my head that, yes,  Hubby and I had been watching TV downstairs during the time in question)

"No one. Go to sleep."

(I edged my way down the stairs with my back against the wall just. in. case.)


Or the middle of the night wake up where I walk into Chica's room, and she is sitting up, wide-eyed, pointing at her wall.

"What's up, love?"

"There are scary things on my wall."

(I slowly turn around to look at the wall she is pointing to. Nothing is there).

"Sweetie, there is nothing on your wall."

"YES there is. RIGHT. THERE." She asserts as she repoints to the same wall.

"It's nothing. Go back to sleep."

(I edge my way up the stairs to my bedroom just. in. case).


Then the other morning I go into to get Chica out of bed.  I cheerily welcome her Good Morning! She is sitting in the corner of her bed warily eyeing her window.

"The curtains are looking at me."

(I stop dead in my tracks, frozen smile on my face, and move only my eyes in the direction of said curtains).

"Lovebug, nothing is there. What do you mean?"

"My curtains. They look at me when I'm sleeping."

(Bravely going over to the window in question, I reach up to shake the curtains to show her [and me]  there is nothing to be frightened of).

"See?  Silly girl, curtains don't have eyes!  How can they look at you."

"They look at me, mommy."

"It's nothing. Let's go eat breakfast."

(I grab a hardcover book to defend us just. in. case)


See? Sometimes the things my kids say seem like the perfectly-written plot twist in an upcoming horror film. I know, I know. I'm letting my imagination get the best of me. Kids have growing imaginations that they need to exercise. And I need to get a hold of myself and grow up.

But the day a creepy possessed girl climbs out of my TV, I'm coming to sleep in your bed for the night.

Do your kids ever say things that creep you out?  If so, share it below!  Also? We should get together, write a scary movie script, and make a bajillion dollars.


  1. Dude...last year Mitch woke up in the middle of the night and screamed a scream we'd never heard before. Pure fright. I raced into his room and he was freaking out because he told me he saw a ghost. I, like you, surveyed the scene, assured him there was no ghost there and tucked him back into bed. The following morning when I asked him if he recalled anything from the previous night, he launched into full out descriptive detail of the "small white ghost." Not only did he remember it, but he could describe it. Maybe it was dream, who knows. But I was upset for him for a few days.

  2. Okay, so my daughter isn't even two yet so I can't directly contribute to this conversations. However, I've been privy to some crazy stories involving kids and paranormal activity. Now, I understand this is a hard pill to swallow and a lot of people flat out refuse to believe in the paranormal. That's completely fine and their prerogative. But the stories I've heard were from very reliable people who wouldn't lie about those types of things. Besides, I've read articles that state children under 5, I believe, have the ability to see what adults can't see. In any case, I know if the day ever comes when my daughter says she saw a ghost or something of the sort I swear we're moving!!

    1. My daughter saw "ghosts" when she was small. She has not seen anything for about a yr now (She is 13). Unfortunately, most of the time if a child sees spirit, moving will not help.

  3. Ack! This is scary and spooky--go you for grabbing the book. Have no doubt that if necessary, you would have totally wielded that weapon ;)

  4. About 1 year ago my son asked me "Mommy, who was the man with the green face who stared at me in bed all night when I was little?" Too which I replied "What are you talking about?" and he replied "You know, that funny looking man with the green face who would stand at the end of my bed every night and watch me." TOTALLY.FREAKED.ME.OUT!

  5. 2 years ago my daughter asked me if she could sleep on our living room and I said yes, the next morning while we were at breakfast I asked her if she had slept good and she thanked for looking after her last night and I freaked out cause I hadn't !

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