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Writing Workshop: Scared Silly… still

October 26, 2011

3.) Something that scared the Hell out of you when you were a child. (inspired by Mama Sick)

I chose this prompt and want to dedicate it to the 4th graders who, while in the girls’ bathroom, told T2 all about Bloody Mary and Chuckie… resulting in T2 having a sleepless night last night.

Scary movies. Two in particular. Poltergeist and Halloween 2. As much as I love Halloween and do enjoy a good scream in a haunted house, I cannot enjoy horror movies.

Cover of "Poltergeist (25th Anniversary E...

Cover of Poltergeist (25th Anniversary Edition)

I think we watched Poltergeist as a family. We did that back then—rented a VHS tape from VideoWorld. (How’s that for dating myself?) I think my mother was very cautious but I still insisted on watching. And yup, bad dreams abounded! (I still find myself shuddering when I see the commercials for Paranormal Activity 3 and the children moving all over…)

I was older when I saw Halloween 2. It was summer. I hadn’t even seen the first one. Maybe I was 6th or 7th grade… my neighbors had cable and one of them and I were done swimming for the day so I was invited over to watch it. What. Was. I. Thinking??? I spent the entire summer making sure I never had my back to my window—which was level with the ground as we had a partially sunk foundation—and left my closet doors open at all times, and every time I went into the bathroom I flung the shower curtain open. Not sure what I would have done if Jason was standing there but hey, at least I wouldn’t have been caught unawares. It was so bad that we children were playing hide and seek and I found my brother in the shower, looked at him, was about to say “Caught ya!” and he goes “Boo!” and I screamed so bad I probably burst a blood vessel or two. (But this is why I love haunted houses—to get a scream like that again!)

Stephen King’s It also scares me. I do NOT like clowns. That is like the ultimate haunted house scare for me. And they know it, like I have a big ol’ bull’s eye on my forehead or back or whatever. I’m an easy scare.

Writing Prompts:

1.) Last week we wrote about what we have never done…this week write a list of 22 things you HAVE done. (inspired by Sellabit Mom)
2.) Write about the last item you looked for. Why did you need it?
3.) Something that scared the Hell out of you when you were a child. (inspired by Mama Sick)
4.) Describe something you did with your spouse when you dated, but that you’re now “over”. (Inspired by Scary Mommy)
5.) Do you have little ones dressing up for Halloween? It’s time for a costume share! What are they going to be?

If you want to know more about Mama Kat’s awesome Writing Workshop, click on that trophy over there….

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2 comments

  1. I remember watching Poltergeist on HBO over and over again. The first time I saw it, my mouth was open the whole time, it was the most shocking thing I had ever seen. I made my boyfriend walk out of a movie called The People Under the Stairs and I saw Pet Semetary alone in my dorm room. Big. Mistake.


  2. OMG I’m still FREAKED out by it too! In fact my daughter LOVES horror/scary movies. I told DH the other day he’s going to have to watch it with her b/c I’M NOT! 🙂 She saw Pet Semetary the other day with him and loved it. She is not my child 😉



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