A Brief History of Why I Don’t Do Horror

Posted October 20, 2017 by Amber in Memes / 19 Comments


Once upon a time there was a little girl who thought her father spoke only very serious truths.  She listened to him with rapt ears and unwavering attention, taking careful note of each story and fable he fed her.  She swallowed the morals like sweet, small chocolates.  She was naive.

This girl is me.

When I was a little girl, my father used to tell me stories.  Some of these were to teach me things like “clean your room” and “eat your dinner”.  Others were for fun.  And some were meant to scare me.  For whatever reason, I latched on to the ghost stories and let them bury themselves in my heart.  I was fantastically inclined.  I wanted to believe in faeries, dragons, princesses and towers.  Why not ghosts?  So when I sat beside my father in the famous “house of a thousand haunts”, I was utterly terrified.

I was thrilled to be in Disney World.  I wanted to go on Space Mountain.  Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride was awesome.  I did not want to go into the Haunted Mansion.  As a popular ride, the wait was long and my father had spent much of it filling my head with fantastical stories about sitting still and being quiet or the ghosts would get you.  Be nice to your brother or the ghosts will take you away.  Be perfectly behaved or they’ll turn you into a ghost, too.  I don’t remember being particularly bad, but I do remember that the ghosts were almost definitely going to get me.

I didn’t want to be haunted or spooked.

So by the time I climbed into the doom buggy, just me and my father in that one, I was a bundled of mortified eight-year-old.  I was almost definitely going to die in this house, and it would absorb my soul, and then it would be the house of a thousand and one haunts.

“Look there,” my father pointed at a group of dancing ghosts.

I looked, then whimpered and looked away.  Ghosts were real.  He wasn’t lying.  What if there was a ghost sitting next to me right now?

We passed a mirror.  There was a ghost.

“There’s a ghost sitting next to you,” my father said.  I suppose his eyes were laughing, but I was frozen in fear.

I closed my eyes.  This was what I did when I had nightmares.  Close my eyes and tell the evil things to go away.  They can’t hurt me.  There’s no such thing as ghosts.

If there’s no such thing as ghosts, why are there ghosts?!

Eight-year-olds are not the cleverest of creatures, no matter how smart they think they are.

For the duration of the ride, my father delighted in showing me all the ghosts and describing what they were doing.  What they were haunting.  Who they were going to haunt next (me).  When the doom buggy stopped and we got off, I ran to my mother and buried myself in her hug.

“What did you do?” she demanded of my father.

Laughing, he said, “I just spooked her a little.”

I imagine my mother must have given him a dirty look, but I didn’t see it.

This was neither the first or last time my father twisted my tendency to believe the fantastic in order to scare me.

When The Sixth Sense came out, he allowed me to stay up late to watch it.  My imagination took care of the rest.  The little girl who died of poisoning haunted my dreams for a month, my own personal ghost.

Even though I was a child, the laced edge of fear of things that go bump in the night still remain.  It’s ridiculous – I am an adult and I know there isn’t vampires or ghosts or zombies or any of that…

What if there is?

So, to this day, for my own peace of heart and mind, I don’t do horror movies.

This week’s Book Blogger Hop topic was:

Off the book topic – What is your favorite scary movie?


My short answer is, clearly, none make them stop nonono.

As an adult, I’ve gone on the Haunted Mansion ride and enjoyed it very much.  I have not watched The Sixth Sense again.

For those who’ve never been to Disney for Christmas, you must see the makeover they do for the Haunted Mansion!


Which stories would you like to see continued?  Sometimes, it’s so hard to say goodbye!  Let me know in the comments!

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19 responses to “A Brief History of Why I Don’t Do Horror

  1. Going to Disney for Christmas is high on my To Do list. We were just there for Halloween season and loved it. I love a little spookiness but I know people who are similar to 8 year old you and try not to tease them too much! And for the record the child who died from poisoning haunted me WAY more than just about any character from any scary movie I’ve seen before or since.

    • Amber

      THANK YOU.

      Seriously, every time I bring up that movie to a friend they tell me it’s not scary at all, etc., etc., and I just… no. It’s so horribly sad and she was so creepy.

      I really, really want to go to Mickey’s Spooky Halloween Party. Did you have fun? It must have been a blast! I’ve never seen what they do to dress up the park for Halloween. 🙂

  2. Ahahaha Amber I went to Disney World in Florida this summer and I thought the Haunted Mansion’s a really spooky haunted house. But then I saw a lot of 5-year-olds lining up (I’m 14) and started being not so scared. I actually really enjoyed the ride. I found “ghosts” cute, lol. I’m not a big fan of horror! I haven’t read/watched IT, and I watched a part of Rings with my parents (it totally freaked me out). No thanks, horror!

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    • Amber

      Oh, I definitely think I would have enjoyed it as a kid if I rode with my mum and not my dad. My dad just liked to spook me and knew I was naive enough to believe him. 😛

  3. Danielle

    Same girl same!! I don’t do horror, gore, etc. anything scary. I watched Paranormal Activity with my nieces (they practically forced me!) and I was terrified. Even though I’m sure it was for show and those people were idiots for staying in that house, I was terrified of big houses since that movie. SOO Yeah NOO horror or gore for me. That probably makes me boring AF but whatever lol.

    • Amber

      Thank you! It’s just… why? Why do I need that seed planted in my mind that I might be murdered by a ghost as I try to sleep! 🙁

  4. Oh my goodness I can definitely see why that impacted you haha. I’m not into horror either – while I’m usually not that easily scared I don’t find them enjoyable and I don’t want to take the risk that they DO terrify me and haunt me for many nights to come 😂

    • Amber

      Good policy! Because you never know what you’re walking into! I have a buddy that LOVES the horror genre, really enjoys the gore and the monsters and everything… but is TERRIFIED of ghosts. More than me. You mention them, and his face pales and he gets all silent. So even if you were totally immune to it all, you could still find something that freaks you out.

  5. I totally don’t do horror either! I scare waaayyyyy too easily for that!
    Although for some reason the haunted mansion never scared me… Which now that I think about it, is rather odd… I’m pretty sure I was seven or eight when I first went on it… but I’ve always liked the ride. But no, instead I was terrified by the Winnie the Pooh ride… (When I was three, but STILL!).

    • Amber

      What I’ve been told probably contributed to my scare (besides my dad being a jerk) was we went in through the handicap entrance because my grandfather was in a wheel chair, so we missed the whole beginning – the stretching room, the pictures, etc. There was no preface. So being told I was going into a real haunted house had no other context. 😛

      Actually LOADS of people have been freaked out by the Pooh ride. That was originally built to be a scare ride – it used to be Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. Fortunately the last time I went there it broke down six times while we were on it, so I don’t think it would be as scary anymore. 😛

      The newer Little Mermaid ride is kinda freaky though. Not because the ride itself is freaky, but those new animatronics look like they could gobble you up.

  6. Great story. I feel you. I had a brief flirtation with the horror genre in my early teens, but then watching the original Japanese version of The Ring scared me out of it for good. LOL.

    • Amber

      Oh I’ve heard that’s terrifying! Would not touch that with a ten foot pole. :(. +10 points you for bravery. 🙂

  7. I’m hitting the Magic Kingdom (and the Haunted Mansion) on Monday! So excited… 🙂
    I don’t enjoy scary movies, and as an adult I avoid them, but I do enjoy the ‘family friendly’ Halloween movies like Hocus Pocus and Casper.

    • Amber


      Hocus Pocus is the best. I’ve got my list of “every October before Halloween” and that’s on it, along with Beetlejuice, Ghostbusters, Shaun of the Dead, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Hocus Locus is the ONLY one I absolutely CANNOT miss. 🙂