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My grandma used to tell me that if I went to bed with my socks on, a monster would cut off my right foot. It was the same monster that stole socks out of the dryer so we were always short one when we were folding.
When I was little (mid 1980's), I used to beleive that the boogie man was green, and wore a "Saturday Night Fever" type outfit and a hat with a feather in it so he could Boogie! I wasn't scared of him cause I thought, "What harm can he do? He just wants to Boogie!" And I liked to Boogie too!
-Susy in NM
When i was really little, about 3 years old or so, we lived across the street from a cemetery. There were these little mausoleums with stained glass windows, one of which was right across from our front door. One evening i was looking out the front window watching for my grandparents' car, when i saw a light come on inside the mausoleum. I completely flipped out. I was positive that corpses has risen from the dead and turned on the light in their little house. Turns out it was just our porch light, which my dad had switched on when he saw me staring out into the darkness, reflecting off the stained glass.
when i laid down to go to slept my mom would tell me to close my eyes, i thought it was beacuse the monsters had no eyes and if they saw yours they would try to take them.
i used to believe that a monster lived in the garbage disposal. i would never go near the sink
I live in Boston, Massachussettes if you have ever been there, you know there are bridges with views of the city. At night this can look quite eerie and mystical, especially if you are a kid.
When I was young, I believed a dragon would some day appear over the dark roof tops and set the city on fire. Oddly enough, it never frightened me..just gave me this delicious shivery feeling. To this day I love looking at that sky line at night.
On my playground there were a few power boxes with a warning sign that looks like an angry electricity bolt. I was convinced that if you got too close to a transformer a monster would come out and shock you.
I used to believe that an atom bomb was a dragon in the sky.
I always believed that gremlins lived in the bushes near my porch. I had gremlins under my bed and in the closet too but the bush gremlins were the worst. I would run up the walk and jump onto the porch from as far away as I could so the gremlins wouldn't reach out and grab me.
At the age of 3 I believed in the "doorknob people". I could see an evil, grinning "face" in the doorknob at night with the way the light reflected off the knob & surrounding area and I thought they were watching me. I thought they would come "get" me at night when I was sleeping, but there were two ways to keep them away. (1) If you pretended to be dead, they'd leave you alone. (2) If you made use of --*ahem*-- autoerotic practices (naturally I didn't have a word for this at age 3!!) it would form a protective shield around you that they could not break through. I used both methods routinely at that age. ;-)
I saw the movie Amazon Women On The Moon at a very early age, and for years I thought Jack the Ripper really /was/ the Loch Ness Monster.
I used to believe that Water Towers held sleeping dragons in them, and that the long pipe coming from the bottom was where they'd tuck their tails.
When I was really little, I played a video game where a dragon appeared in a desert, so for some odd reason, I started believing that dragons lived in deserts.
I had some pajamas that had the little mermaid on them and My sister and brother used to tell me that it would come out of my pjs and eat me if i slept in them
When you are riding an escalator, look carefully when you're at the very bottom and there is a flash of greenish light.
I used to believe that magic alligators lived under the escalator. They kept it going around, and were basically friendly creatures, unless you failed to jump as you got off the escalator. Then, they might come up out of there and bite your feet.
I tell my 3 year old kid now that there's alligators under there. He says hi to them every time.
I used to believe that my friend was a zombie in third game, and would run away from him. I do not remember why I thought this, but we became friends again later.
When i was younger i had,for some reason a very intense fear of the dark. when turning of the light and running into bed fast as i could failed to relieve these fears,i turned to leaving the light on to sleep. this ended very quickly when one night my mother came to my room and said "you know, leaving the light on wont keep away the boogiman, it will only make it to where you can see his face when he comes to eat you." From then untill this very day i sleep in total darkness. because you see. ;-) if i cant see the boogieman, mabey he cant see me either.
I used to believe that whenever you used Irish Spring soap, you would automatically turn Irish and the banshees would come after you.
I used to believe that as long as I slept with the blankets pulled up completely over me, I would be safe from monsters. I don't know HOW I survived the lack of oxygen.
I used to believe that monsters could not "get" you if you sang. Must have been true since I always sang (in whispers) and I was never once attacked by a monster.