What are your biggest fears?
I’m afraid of horror movies.
My three-year-old granddaughter Chatty Girl is afraid of some of her toys. These are the ones that are banished to the closet:
Are you surprised a cute baby doll is scary to a child? That adorable doll and all dolls creep out my son-in-law Bryan and probably a lot of other people, too.
My oldest daughter, April, will sometimes prank Bryan by hiding a similar doll in conspicuous places, like on top of the shower head so that when Bryan tries to take his morning shower, he endures a heart-stopping moment to kickstart his day.
This doll below, Charlotte, is my mom’s. She keeps it for her great-grandchildren to play with when they come to visit:
Chatty Girl isn’t afraid of this doll and loves to play with it, but my sister Cindy thinks the doll looks like Chucky.
Mom isn’t amused. “Charlotte is an expensive doll,” she says, “from Germany, 1962, a limited edition.”
Still, people who have a fear of dolls don’t care how valuable they might be. Gives them the heebie jeebies, regardless. If the doll wasn’t a collector’s item, I’d ask Mom if I could have it to wrap it up as a gag gift for my son-in-law. Gee, I wonder where April got her jokester genes?
Bryan gets annoyed at such antics, but overall he’s a good sport.
In addition to having an aversion to certain dolls, Cindy also has a fear of clowns. Our mom is a bit of a prankster, or at least she used to be. She once wrapped up a clown doll for Cindy’s birthday when she was maybe 14 years old.
Cindy flipped. Mad, mad, mad! That didn’t stop Mom, though. Another time, she put the clown doll on Cindy’s bed under the blanket. She freaked out again.
Did these pranks damage Cindy for life? You betcha.
She turned into a bigger prankster than our mother. Read my post from 2012, Mom Pulls Scary Prank or watch my YouTube video where I tell the story:
I showed the clown below to Cindy at a family get-together a few years ago. It’s probably the scariest, ugliest toy clown in the world and has an evil laugh when you squeeze it:
Her reaction? In a stern voice, “Put it away.”
I myself am a clown lover. I collect clowns, plus I was a clown at my son’s birthday party when he turned four.
None of my kids are afraid of clowns, but all of them are part prankster. I’ll save those stories for another post.
I have a friend, Annie, who’s afraid of sock monkeys. Every time I see one in a store, I’m tempted to buy it for her. So far, I’ve restrained myself for fear of ruining the friendship.
For those who love scary stuff, especially spooky dolls, my friend Maria Cisneros Toth made a video of 13 scary dolls:
Not for the faint of heart, that’s for sure.
What are your thoughts? Do you like jokes and pranks? Do you have a lot of fears, or do you like spooky stuff? I’d love to hear from you.
Photo credits: Clown doll – Alexas Fotos; sock monkey – HomeMaker – Pixabay