A few things that creeped me out as a kid…
[li]On The Electric Company there was a little musical cartoon that scared the hell out of me. I forget most of the song, but part of it went:[/li]
“…you feel pretty silly
when you run willy-nilly
When a lollipop follows you!
When a big yellow lollipop, golly,
And throughout the cartoon this poor little girl was desperately trying to outrun a giant jagged-toothed yellow lollipop which, even as a little kid, I knew meant to kill her.
[li]The Abominable Snowman (the Bumble) from the old Rankin Bass “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”. I can’t be alone in this. The creature looked ten feet tall and had a mouthful of shark’s teeth. Watching it gave me a horrible mental image of the Bumble peeling Rudolph’s girlfriend’s skin off like a banana which lingered with me for years afterward.[/li]
[li]There was a show that came on after Sesame Street, I think it was called “The Body Carnival”, which was a child-centric introduction to human physiology. The opening titles featured illustrations of little rosy cheeked children cavorting with skeletons at a circus. One of the pictures showed a little boy accepting a red balloon from a skeleton, and that freaked my ass out!! As a kid there were two thinks I knew for sure: You don’t accept candy from strangers and you don’t accept balloons from skeletons! What’s worse was the lady who was the host was very skinny --almost skeletal.[/li][/ul]