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what scares my toddler

Here's a quick overview of my 3-year-old's attitude towards various aspects of life this Halloween. I don't know how her brain works, so it's interesting.

"Nightmare Before Christmas" - not scary. Just awesome. She knows all the songs by heart and bounces around the house singing "THIS IS HALLOWEEN EVERYBODY MAKE A SCENE HALLOWEEN! HALLOWEEN! HALLOWEEN! HALLOWEEN!"

"Coraline" - also not scary. Scared me.

Falling off our banister onto the carpeted stairway below. Not scary. Also scared me... in fact I've been looking at the railing around those stairs for a while, wondering what would happen if she decided to skirt around the edge. I found out. She was fine. Can you say your kid "fell down the stairs" when she really only fell down the last three stairs, skipped all the others? She technically started at the same level as the top of the stairs, it was just more a "straight down" kinda fall. I said "JOSIE WHAT WERE YOU DOING?" and she replied, "being careful!" obviously not, otherwise I wouldn't have turned around to see the dangling feet right before you fell.

Zombies, spiders, convulsing bloody nurses, ax murderers etc at the halloween store all programed to spring to life when a litte kid walks by: not scary. she was grinning the whole time, screaming to act afraid, then laughing and going right up to the next monster.

Friendly party guest at our friend's house last week dressed up like a minion from "despicable me"?

scary as hell.

And she LOVES that movie, but she freaked out as soon as the guy walked in the door, ran to me and sat on my lap and said "mommy I don't like that" in her precious little voice. hell kid, really?


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Oct. 31st, 2013 02:00 am (UTC)
Lol. I feel the same way as you do about Coraline. Yikes.
Oct. 31st, 2013 09:55 am (UTC)
Have you seen "Spirited Away"? It's this anime about a girl whose parents are turned into pigs and she has to work for this huge creepy witch and there are evil spirits and it's also pretty freaky, but my kid loves it, go figure.

I think there's a Neil Gaiman interview someplace where he said kids only see one thing in those stories: hero kid saving her parents. We parents don't quite have the confidence that they do about handling the situations I guess.

Edited at 2013-10-31 09:57 am (UTC)
Oct. 31st, 2013 04:49 pm (UTC)
Coroline scared my youngest nephew who was seven or eight at the time... it is certainly creepy.

I agree that The Nightmare Before Christmas is just awesome; I love that movie.
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