As Halloween approaches, you’ll start seeing ghosts, goblins and a whole host of assorted weird and scary creatures roaming the streets. How do you react when you see them?

Do they fascinate you or freak you out? If seeing them tends to make you jumpy, you might be the kind of person who spooks easily!

If you are, don’t worry. Everyone is afraid of something. In fact, most of us are afraid of many different types of things.

There are so many fears out there in the world that our language has evolved over the years to account for the multitude of reactions people have to their fears. Do you get frightened? Alarmed? Scared? Terrified? Startled? Unnerved? Petrified?

Here are some other interesting words and phrases we use from time to time to describe our reactions to things we fear:

  • scared stiff
  • scare the living daylights out of
  • make your hair stand on end
  • make your blood run cold
  • throw into a panic
  • jump out of your skin
  • gives you goosebumps

Have you ever had times when one or more of those phrases applied to you? That’s OK. We’ve all been there at one time or another.

Besides Halloween ghosts and goblins, what sorts of things make you scared? Storms? Pop quizzes? Oral book reports in front of the class? A bully in the hallway? The pressure of a big game?

Even if you’re a brave soul, you probably fear certain things every now and then. Whether it’s snakes and bugs or heights and roller coasters, we all have certain things that make us feel uncomfortable or afraid.

Here are some of the things that kids list as their top fears:

  • Scary television shows and movies
  • Nightmares and bad dreams
  • Bad weather, including thunderstorms, hurricanes and tornadoes
  • Terrorism and war
  • Unidentified sounds in the night

Fear isn’t always a bad thing. Sometimes fears keep us safe and healthy. A fear of snakes, for example, can keep you from getting bitten by a venomous snake. A fear of a painful cavity might inspire you to take better care of your teeth.

For some people, a little fear can even be fun. Watching scary movies and riding roller coasters can get our blood pumping in ways that makes us feel good…even if we are scared out of our wits for a brief time!

If you’re tired of feeling afraid in certain situations, here are a few things you can do to try to conquer certain fears:

  • Remove yourself from the situation! Go do something else to take your mind off of whatever is bothering you.
  • Talk with a parent or a friend. Sometimes an encouraging word is all you need to feel better!
  • Learn more about whatever you fear. Sometimes fears are based upon not knowing enough about something. Once you learn about it, you often realize there’s nothing to fear!

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  1. I thought today’s video was spooky. I do get spooked easily.

    I think tomorrow’s wonder will be about a cheese cake factory or a cheese store. The wonder might also be about a cheese cake or a cheese pizza.

    • Hi there, Jack M! We are glad you’re WONDERing with us today– we hope the video didn’t spook you too much… just enough to make you smile! :) Thanks for sharing all your SUPER guesses about our cheesy Wonder tomorrow… we can’t wait to see you again! :)

  2. BOO! ha ha!

    Hi it’s Wednesday!

    2 questions!

    What’s your biggest fear? (we will not laugh)

    Do you think monsters are real?

    My biggest fear is ghosts!

    I think monsters are real!

    • BOO to YOU, Wonder Friend Laserdudle!! We’re glad you’re here on this WONDERful Wednesday!

      We like your very own Wonders… we think ghosts are scary, but we don’t believe in monsters. We think it’s fun to use our imaginations to Wonder up a fun and friendly monster– with lots and lots of fur! :)

  3. Some things we are afraid of are; spiderwebs, monsters (even though we know they are not real), spiders, the dentist, needles, and stitches.
    We think tomorrow’s wonder will be about mac and cheese, a mouse eating cheese, or a cheese sandwich.

    • OOOOOhhhhh, spiderwebs, monsters and stitches– oh MY! :) We think Ms. Bayko’s class could write a scary story with all those sPoOkY ideas! Nice work!

      We like your cheese guesses for tomorrow… we hope you have a SUPER Wednesday! :)

  4. We loved learning about all the scares out there. We were wondering where the house in the video is and whose house is it?

    • WOHOO, our Wonder Friends in Mr. Colombo’s class are here to Wonder today– HOORAY! We aren’t sure if anyone resides there, but the video portrays a house located in Coudersport, Pennsylvania! We think it looks old, dilapidated and abandoned… how about you, Wonder Friends? :)

  5. Hi wonderopolis I love Halloween it is the best thing ever because of the candy. I always get spooked by a show called Pretty Little Liars. Like last night the Halloween special was on it was soooooooo scary I slept with my mom. Also Hi Mrs. Albani you rock!

    • OOOhh, we like your excitement, Gob gymnast! We hope you have a fun time trick-or-treating… do you have a favorite type of candy? We hope you had fun watching your television show… sometimes we can get so spooked that we need great people, like mom, to help us remember that the scary stuff is usually in our minds. Thanks for sharing your comment, Wonder Friend! :)

    • WOW, you’re a BRAVE Wonder Friends, Snailbob! We had some Wonder Friends that said today’s video gave them the chills! Thanks for sharing your comment and visiting Wonderopolis today! :)

    • Hi there, Wonder Friend F– not to worry, we all get scared from time to time! We’re glad you liked our Wonder today… and we hope you have a WONDERful Wednesday! :)

    • WOW, it looks like you and Wonder Friend F really like the Detroit Red Wings! We think this is a great Wonder Friendship, don’t you, Snailbob? Have a super day! :)

  6. We liked today’s Wonder! Garrett says he was scared for his Super Bowl football game because he was feeling a lot of pressure to win. Macey says she is a little freaked out about her first cheerleading competition coming up this year. Nico is afraid of spiders. Becca thinks clowns are scary. JP has a lot of bad dreams about Elmo.

    We think tomorrow’s wonder could be about mouse traps, swiss cheese, mice, or how cheese is made. Riley and Madie actually looked this up earlier this year when we read The Underwater Wibbles by Jack Prelutsky and learned about a lot of different kinds of cheese!

    • Thanks for sharing all your sPoOkY and realistic fears with us, Wonder Friends in Mrs. Ski’s AM Class! We think that fears can come in all shapes and sizes– and for different reasons, too! We know that as long as you try your best and remember that you’re a SUPER WONDERful person, it’s all going to be okay. We are proud of Garrett, Macey, Nico, Becca and JP for sharing their fears with us today!

      Riley and Madie did a SUPER job of making a connection to tomorrow’s Wonder! Thanks for joining the fun today! We’re so happy you are here! :)

  7. Dear Wonderopolis,

    The video was really not too spooky. We are scared of many different things here in 4th grade.

    We think tomorrow’s wonder will be about cheese.

    Thank you for the wonders,
    Mrs. Tillman’s 4th graders

    • We’re proud of all our Wonder Friends in Mrs. Tillman’s 4th grade class for watching our eerie video and reading about sPoOkY things today at Wonderopolis! Nice work, Wonder Friends!

      We can’t wait to see you again tomorrow… have a WONDER-iffic Wednesday! :)

  8. Our classroom had fun talking about getting spooked. A few of our friends here like to go Trick or Treating with costumes. We were wondering a few things…What will your costume be this Halloween? What will your tail look like if your costume has a tail?

    Thank you for all you do each day at Wonderopolis!

    • HOORAY! Our Wonder Friends in Mrs. Utter’s Kindergarten class are WONDERing with us today! We think it’s cool to use our imaginations to imagine haunted places… but it’s important to remember it’s all for fun!

      We STILL haven’t decided what to be for Halloween yet… but some of us are thinking of dressing up as a wizard, a narwhal, a flying pig and cockatoo! We think the tail of the flying pig will be very curly and short… but we’re not sure what color it should be… can you help?! We Wonder if you have decided what to be for Halloween?

      Happy Wednesday, Wonder Friends! :)

  9. I get spooked SO easily!!! Some non-scary things even scare me sometimes!!I have a fear of spirits, scorpions, big spiders, drowning, and MANY MORE…..

    • Not to worry, Stella, some of our Wonder Friends get sPoOkEd by the thought of something slightly creepy! You’re not alone! :) We are proud of you for sharing your fears… but we hope you keep up the great WONDERing today! :)

  10. We really liked talking about what scares us. We all get spooked by something- haunted houses, haunted hayrides, and abandoned houses.

    This Wonder made us excited for Halloween!

    • We’re proud of our brave Third Grade All-Stars! We think you’re an adventurous group to Wonder about lots of haunted places! :) We hope you have a fun time preparing for Halloween! :)

  11. We’re BACK!
    The movie was really scary. It was as scary as Halloween night. We wrote about our fears in 3rd grade.
    – Big bears
    – stage fright
    – spooky houses
    – dark rooms
    – strangers
    – night
    However, we learned everybody has a fear of something including the TEACHER!

    • Yippee, we get to Wonder with the Third Grade Braves today! :) We are glad that you thought today’s video was fun and a little spooky, too! We are really proud of all our Wonder Friends for sharing their fears… we think all those fears sound scary to us, as well!

      We hope you have a SUPER day full of Wonder! :)

    • We’re glad you liked today’s sPoOkY Wonder, Bryleigh! We think it’s fun to Wonder about haunted places like the house in the video! Thanks for joining the fun! :)

  12. I’m not really scared of anything and I believe in ghost because one time in my grandma’s house there was a ghost smoking a cigarette.

    • WOW, Tynil, you are a brave Wonder Friend! We think your ghostly story sounds SpOoKy!! Thanks for sharing your story with us today, Wonder Friend! :)

    • Not to worry, Lauren, we have LOTS of Wonder Friends who get spooked easily, too! Thanks for sharing your fears– we’re proud of you, Wonder Friend! :)

  13. I get scared of lots of things: the dark, going out by myself, fear of somebody taking me away from my mom not getting to see her again.

    • WOW, we think you’re one brave Wonder Friend, Dazgomez! Thanks for sharing your very important fears– we hope that you have a great time using your SUPER imagination to Wonder some more! :)

    • We’re sorry to hear that our Wonder wasn’t one of your favorites, Royce! We appreciate your comment and we hope you’ll come back to Wonder with us soon! :)

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Spongebob! Sometimes we are spooked by the thought of monsters, but it’s reassuring to remember they are just something we imagined! :)

    • We think you’re a brave Wonder Friend, Kelby! We hope that your friends who get scared from time to time enjoy WONDERing with you– and we hope that if you spook a friend, it’s just for fun! :)

  14. I can get scared real easily but it’s fun to watch some scary movies! I’m so excited for the next wonder of the day! I hope it will be exciting. Good job on everything and happy Halloween!!!

    • oOoOoOhHhHh sometimes scary movies can give us chills, too, Julianne! We think it’s fun to Wonder about other not-so-scary things about Halloween… like trick-or-treating and dressing up! Thanks for being a great Wonder Friend, Julianne! :)

    • Sometimes, there are certain things that give us the chills, Andrew! Anytime we hear something behind us or around us in the dark, but we can’t see it, makes us scared. We don’t like when things sneak up on us! We hope you have a great time WONDERing today! :)

  15. Dear Wonderopolis,

    We enjoyed the video today. We think tomorrow’s wonder will be about cheese its, a cheese factory, or cheese pizza.

    Thank you for the wonders,
    Mrs. Witkowski’s 4th graders

    • Well thanks, Wonder Friends in Mrs. Witkowski’s 4th grade class! We sure are glad today’s Wonder made you smile! Thanks for sharing your SUPER guesses for tomorrow’s cheesy Wonder… we can’t wait to see you tomorrow! :)

    • Oh no, Keenpup! We bet that’s no fun– we hope you and your dog can get along soon! We hope you have a fun time WONDERing with friends today! :)

  16. We think tomorrow’s Wonder might be about cheddar cheese.
    Some of us get spooked easily but a lot of us don’t! We are having a Haunted Hallway at our school this year- Whoooooooooo so Spooky!

    We have a wonder to submit from Zach our technology wizard-
    How many LED lights are in a 55 inch t.v.?

    • WOHOO, our Wonder Friends are doing a great job of using your imaginations today! Thanks for sharing your comment and guesses with us today. We think your Haunted Hallway sounds like a SpOoKy place to wonder! YIPPEE!

      We are also excited to Wonder about LED lights with you, Zach! Have you checked out this Wonder from the past?

      Wonder #695– What Are LEDs? http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/what-are-leds/ :)

    • We’re glad you are a brave Wonder Friend, Danielle! Hopefully you are getting ready for Halloween! Thanks for joining the fun today– we are oh-so-glad you’re here! :)

    • Hi there, cheeze puffs! We hope you are only spooking your Wonder Friends for fun! :) We Wonder if you are heading to any haunted houses this Halloween? :)

  17. Hey! Can you make a WONDER about fusionfall? It’s a game. That would be totally awesome. The WONDER could be about video games but the video could be a trailer of the game release. I think there is one on youtube. It would be awesome if you did.
    L8tr,
    cheeze puffs

  18. I’m afraid of tornadoes… they freak me out. I kind of like scary movies… but sometimes I feel spooked right after seeing them. I like most roller coasters but I am still a little afraid of going on the really big scary ones!

    • WOW, natural disasters are a scary thing to think about, Patrick R! We’re proud of you for sharing your fears– it’s not always easy! We are glad you’re here today, Wonder Friend! :)

    • Very cool, Mad gear scooter! We’re really excited that you’re WONDERing with us– it’s fun to make new friends, like you! :)

    • Hey there, Super Star44! We sure are glad you’re WONDERing with us today! Thanks for sharing your comment and your guess for tomorrow’s Wonder! We hope to see you very soon! :)

    • Hi there, Nick! We think everyone has fears of their own, big and small! It’s important to be aware of our surroundings and travel with a friend or an adult. That way, you feel safe. Thanks for joining the Wonder fun! :)

  19. OHHHHHHHHHHH YES I GET SO SCARED THAT I ALMOST WANT TO SCREAM. BUT SOMEHOW I OVERCOME MY FEAR BY JUMPING AROUND IN CIRCLES. WEIRD RIGHT? HAVE A WONDERLOPOLIS DAY WONDEROPOLIS

    • WOW, we think you must have a very great way for dealing with your fears, Marissa R! We think that as long as you get rid of those fears, it doesn’t matter if you jump around in circles! Have a very WONDERful day, Wonder Friend! :)

    • OOOoooh, great question, Logan! One of the scariest experiences here at Wonderopolis occurred not too long ago… our Wonder Pet, Wooly, was supposed to be taking a snooze in his bed. We went to find him, so we could play fetch, but he was nowhere to be found. We searched all over Wonderopolis, calling his name out “WOOLY! WOOOLY!” but it appeared that he was lost. We were all so sad to think about Wooly, out on his own. Thankfully, we heard him from far away– a WONDERful “woof” in the distance! One of our Wonder Friends had left the Wonder gate open and he had gotten out! We are happy to report that he is back at Wonderopolis, safe and sound! Phew! :)

    • Hey there, Hayleigh… we think you mean, “Is this site cool or what?!” ;) We hope you’re having a great time WONDERing, we sure are! :)

    • Halloween is a very fun holiday, we agree with you desiree! We hope that when you get scared that you have a friend or an adult near by to remind you that it’s going to be okay! We all get scared from time to time! :)

    • Hi there, Desiree, great Wonder! We shared this story with another Wonder Friend earlier today… One of the scariest experiences here at Wonderopolis occurred not too long ago… our Wonder Pet, Wooly, was supposed to be taking a snooze in his bed. We went to find him, so we could play fetch, but he was nowhere to be found. We searched all over Wonderopolis, calling his name out “WOOLY! WOOOLY!” but it appeared that he was lost. We were all so sad to think about Wooly, out on his own. Thankfully, we heard him from far away– a WONDERful “woof” in the distance! One of our Wonder Friends had left the Wonder gate open and he had gotten out! We are happy to report that he is back at Wonderopolis, safe and sound! Phew!

      And as for ghosts, we have never seen one in person, so we aren’t too sure if they’re real or not! :)

    • Hi there, Wonder Friend Wow! We are glad you enjoyed WONDERing about spooky (and not-so-spooky) things today! We’re sorry the video is not working for you. Sometimes videos are unable to be viewed if you are on a school computer. We hope you will keep on WONDERing today– use your SUPER imagination! :)

    • Hey there, Piper! We really appreciate your suggestion to interview Josh Hutcherson from the movie “The Hunger Games”! We Wonder if you have read the books or have seen the movie? We LOVE to read, Wonder and use our imaginations! We hope you have a SUPER day… one more day until Halloween! HOORAY! :)

    • Hey there, Cadence A! We’re glad that you shared your comment with us, and we are very proud of you for not getting spooked easily! Some of our Wonder Friends aren’t as brave as you, but that’s okay! :)

  20. That house is pretty creepy. I’ve seen worse. You should do one about bigfoot or the lochness monster. That would be a good one.

    • Hey there, Famous! It’s okay that haunted houses aren’t your favorite thing, we are proud of you for WONDERing with us! :)

  21. I’m scared of big dogs because I once saw a huge pit bull attack a tiny puppy and I was afraid that would happen to me.

    • Oh no, we’re sorry to hear that Hadley H! It’s very understandable that you would be scared of big dogs after seeing that! We’re proud of you for sharing your fear with us. Perhaps you, and a parent or adult, can visit a place where the animals are trained. You might begin to feel more comfortable around animals, if you’d like to overcome your fear! :)

  22. Hey there I am in Mrs. Hess’ class we have never seen this video but I know who gets spooked easily… My teacher Mrs. Hess I got on youtube and typed in world’s largest snake she screamed so loud then I typed in videos of terror she yelled like she was bungee jumping P.S. she would never do that see you later me and my class love WONDERing with you see ya later.

    • Hey there, Maria, we think you’re brave for WONDERing about sPoOkY things! It sounds like Mrs. Hess is a good sport– we get spooked easily, too! Thanks for sharing your awesome comment with us! We think you’re WONDERful! :)

  23. Hey there wonderopolis you’re my favorite website can you send my class, Mrs. Hess’ class, one of your favorite videos please?

    • We’re so glad you visited us today, Ms. Kraemer’s Group 1! Our Wonder Friends get spooked from time to time, especially inside haunted houses! Thanks so much for sharing your comments, Wonder Friends! We will see you soon! :)

    • What a great Wonder! We look forward to WONDERing about the body and how we grow as humans, Ms. Kraemer’s Group 2! We are glad to have great Wonder Friends like you! Keep up the WONDERing! :)

  24. Dear Wonderopolis,

    That is a cool article and my biggest fear is horror movies.
    What is your biggest fear?

    Your reader,
    Raymond

    • We’re glad you enjoyed this Wonder with us, Raymond! We are proud of you for sharing what spooks you– horror movies give some of us the chills, too! Some of us here have overcome our fear of heights, flying and speaking in public! :)

  25. I need help with being haunted. Whenever I say ghost three times at night I see a human formation that’s outlined with light blue and the rest is white so how can I get rid of them?

    • Hey there, Romano701! Ghosts are no fun, unless they’re kind! We’re sorry to hear about this spooky sighting that you have encountered at night. We always feel better when we share our feelings with a parent or an adult we trust. Sometimes talking about what we see helps us solve the problem together. We hope that formation stops happening! :)

    • You’re not alone, Zak M! We are proud of you for making it that far– we got chills from watching that video, too! We hope you have a SUPER day, Zak! :)

    • Not to worry, Chris, we get spooked from time to time, too! Our imaginations can trick us into believing things that are not real. We’re proud of you for WONDERing about a spooky topic with us! :)

  26. I don’t get spooked at all……I don’t like that….I want to find something that scares me. It is weird because my best friend gets spooked very easily yet I don’t.

    • We think it is because you are very brave, Ray! It may be hard to scare you, Wonder Friend! Thanks for sharing with us today! :-)

  27. I get spooked when I hear things at night and I don’t know what they are and spiders. What are you scared of Wonderopolis?

    • Agreed, Genevieve V, those things can be pretty spooky! Sometimes we get spooked at night when we hear an unfamiliar noise, but we assure ourselves that there’s no need to worry, and that those noises are just the creaks and cracks that homes make! :D

  28. Hm… I can get spooked easily. I don’t like spiders that much, I think that they are creepy. They are interesting…. but creepy. Do spiders scare you? I know that they sure do freak me out!

    • Thanks for WONDERing with us Gwen H., and sharing this great comment! We agree with you, spiders are interesting. We have learned they play an important role in the environment, so we respect them. We’re not exactly afraid of spiders, but we also don’t want to come in close contact with them! We like to observe them from a good distance! ;)

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