Skip to comments.Halloween Too Scary for Some Kids, Study Finds
Posted on 10/27/2005 4:34:09 PM PDT by Kjobs
It is the adults who should be afraid this Halloween. Not of ghouls and goblins, but of permanently scarring their children.
In a recent study of six- and seven-year-olds in the Philadelphia area, Penn State psychologist Cindy Dell Clark found that most parents underestimate just how terrifying the holiday can be for young kids.
Halloween has been scaring the heck out of kids of all ages for centuries.
Two thousand years ago, Celts living in what is now the United Kingdom celebrated their new year at the end of October. During these days of transition from the end of summer harvest to the beginning of winter, spirits were thought to roam among the living.
The modern customs of candy and costume are rooted in medieval England. To avoid being recognized by the visiting spirits, people would dress up in masks whenever they left home. Bowls of food were placed outside to keep the ghosts happy. The practices have morphed into Halloween as it is known today, with parents encouraging their own little ghosts and goblins to haunt the neighborhood.
There have been few studies to examine how the holiday affects children. Child psychologists generally caution parents that the fright of some aspects of Halloween can be too much for the very young, and advise adults to keep a close eye on children and remind them of what is real and what is not.
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Heather dear....get a grip and by the way:
Well, I guess this means we all grew up scarred. You would think we would have noticed before now.
..every year the study this,it's scary they spend the money.
Parents, it is pretty easy to work this out. You know your own child. Keep with cute costumes and candy for the little ones, steering them past any scary displays. You can also have a tremulous tot stay home with one parent and hand out candy, or even go to bed early. Once the kids start WANTING to be scared (this WILL BE OBVIOUS), and dress up scary, they will let you know. Oy vey.
Keep 'em home and let 'em watch Robot Cop.
There was that one homeowner who played her part just a tad too well - spooky candles and strange music in the entryway - but how could anyone be so stuck-up as to psychoanalyze Halloween?!
It's *meant* to be scary.
I think what scares most children is sick videos and photos that are shown now with total abandon on NETWORK NEWS. As an adult, I'm much more offended now by tv news than ever before.
Halloween is nothing in comparison.
Apparently it's too much to expect anyone nowadays to confront, deal with and overcome their fears. Criminy, we're turning into a nation of wimps!
Xena, changed your costume a bit?
Yes, the world is the scary thing. let kids be kids. Little costumes that are darling and carrying little bags for their Trick or Treating. It's cute. It's fun. It's Halloween and...it's HERE TO STAY!!!
These kids need to be told to "Man up, Nancy!"
I'm still cleaning my pants from last year's scary
That's what I thought. What they see on the news is way worse.
This exact [load of crap] study has been filed every year for about the last 40.
Always someone trying to find a way to explain why our children are so 'scarred'....its like the others on this thread are saying, just use common sense...if your child is really afraid of some sights or costumes, just steer them past those houses, and go to other more 'friendly' looking homes...dress the little ones in cutesy costumes...or if it is all just too much for some little ones, just stay home...its all common sense...
Heck, if all this hype were true, my younger boy should be scarred for life...the first time he had to sit on Santas lap at Christmastime, when he was 1 1/2yrs old, he cried and screamed the whole time...I guess that big fat man dressed all in red, scared him...the pic I have of him with Santa, shows a crying upset little boy...
Then there was the time a new McDonalds opened near my moms house, and Ronald McDonald was going to make an appearance...so my mom and dad took my two boys to meet Ronald Mcdonald(I was at work at the time)...dad took pics of again, my younger boy, at around age 2...the pic shows my mom holding my terrified 2 yr old, and trying to hand him over for Ronald Mcdonald to hold him...my son is holding onto his grammie for dear life, and the look of terror in his eyes, tells me he greatly feared the big clown, Ronald Mcdonald...
Children have real life problems to worry about....I just dont see Halloween, with its costumes and decorations, as being one of those problems...let your child be your guide...if hes scared, ,stay home...otherwise, enjoy the Halloween nites activities...
When some people started to stop score-keeping in kids games I knew 'studies' like this weren't far off."
Exactly we've got some parents who can't separate themselves from the game and treat it like life and death and others who are so afraid of kids competing at all they totally wimp the game out... where is sanity and moderation?
We set up speakers hidden in the shrubbery, and had "monster movie" sounds and music playing through them; we also built a "cave" leading to the house entrance with the usual scary critters, spiders, webs, lizards, bats hanging from the ceilings, and a witch sitting near the front door who was a real person in makeup... Long story short: the number of kids visiting plummeted from an average of around 80-100 to 6.
The smaller kids would actually cross the street rather than approach the house. Too much of a good thing.
This helps explain Barney Franks.
Oh man.... Now you are going to give me nightmares after looking at that face.
Heather Whipps is a "travel reporter"
Post a picture of Looter Man, of Hurricane Katrina fame. He should be the costume of the year.
We must stop it for the sake of our children!!!!!!!!!!
Clowns are scary. Almost as scary as mimes.
I do know that many people find clowns to be very scarey...
I am always reminded of Kramer on 'Seinfeld'...he greatly feared clowns, and Jerry, Elaine, and George could always make Kramer do what they wanted, by threatening to get a clown after him...
they get use to it, almost to the point of ignoring it
Suicide Mistaken for Halloween Decoration
Oct 27 3:43 PM US/Eastern
The apparent suicide of a woman found hanging from a tree went unreported for hours because passers-by thought the body was a Halloween decoration, authorities said.
The 42-year-old woman used rope to hang herself across the street from some homes on a moderately busy road late Tuesday or early Wednesday, state police said.
The body, suspended about 15 feet above the ground, could be easily seen from passing vehicles.
State police spokesman Cpl. Jeff Oldham and neighbors said people noticed the body at breakfast time Wednesday but dismissed it as a holiday prank. Authorities were called to the scene more than three hours later.
"They thought it was a Halloween decoration," Fay Glanden, wife of Mayor William Glanden, told The (Wilmington) News Journal.
"It looked like something somebody would have rigged up," she said.
When I was five, this guy, skeletons and tarantulas literally left me with wet drawers. Traumatic?
I never had more fun having the beegeebuz scared out of me than during Halloween.
If stuff like this "ruins" a kid for life, they have more serious issues than things that go "bump" in the night.
Lots of anti-halloween madness from idiots this year.
GREAT Uruk Hai!
Yeah! So scary that kids keep asking their parents "how many days til Halloween?" and can't wait to show off their costumes to friends. Yeah. Real scary.
Just steer clear of the GLBT Halloween Parade in Greenwich Village. That is scary.
Now that is scary.
My husband hates clowns. We tease him no end about it.
On another note. My youngest son refused to go Trick-or-Treating when he was about 6. Absolutely refused. When we asked him WHY, he said "because I don't like candy". Never did and still doesn't.
What a bunch of wussies....and I'm not referring to the kids
(looking for a place to bury my underwear)
White House counsel Harriet Miers smiles and waves as she walks into the White House, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005, in Washington. Miers withdrew her nomination to be a Supreme Court justice Thursday in the face of stiff opposition and mounting criticism about her qualifications. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Wow. What a story. Thanks for posting it, sf.
Well, the freakiods have already taken Christmas away from us. Now they're after hallowen--what's next--the 4th of July????
These pukes want our country to be just like the hildebeast want's it--a socialist state--and the sheep will let it happen!!
Now that would be an awesome costume.