by Debbie Burke
Halloween is spooky.
Fear can be real, as in these true crimes that occurred on Halloween.
Fear can be from scary movies like these perennial favorites.
Spooky movies can trigger phobias like:
Optophobia – Fear of opening one’s eyes, especially when the sinister organ music gets really loud.
Pediophobia – Fear of dolls…like Chucky.
If you’re a vampire, you might suffer from:
Spectrophobia, the fear of mirrors and one’s own reflection; or Alliumphobia, fear of garlic.
If you’re an author, you worry your readers will develop logophobia (fear of reading) or hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia (fear of long words).
Some phobias are head scratchers.
Ompholaphobia: Fear of belly buttons
Lutraphobia: Fear of otters
Anatidaephobia– Fear of a duck or goose watching you
Arachibutyrophobia: Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth. Our last dog, a German Shorthair, developed this phobia after I fed him an open-faced peanut butter sandwich. While watching him trying to lick it loose, I dissolved in helpless laughter. Come to think of it, maybe he didn’t have arachibutyrophobia, after all, but rather katagelophobia (fear of being embarrassed).
Wishing you a safe and happy Halloween–just don’t answer the door or look under the bed!
TKZers: What’s the weirdest phobia you’ve heard of?
Debbie Burke’s new thriller Stalking Midas contains no belly buttons, otters, ducks, nor peanut butter. But it does include a scary mountain lion. Check out the Kindle version – FREE today through November 2.