8 Creepy Things Kids Say About Their Imaginary Friends

I’ve asked her about it today. She’s 24 now. She told me that Emily used to tell her to do horrible things to herself. She actually used to wake up on the roof and not remember how she got there. I’m not kidding. Apparently Emily absolutely hated my parents, so she turned my sister against them. She hates talking about it, so I never brought up that specific night.

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When I was 16, I babysat twins who were in the third grade at the time. They always spoke of a man in an Easter Bunny costume, and they were terrified of him. One day I was babysitting, and one twin was in the shower. His brother and I were sitting downstairs watching television when all of the sudden, he said, “you need to go check on Matt.” Seconds later, Matt yelled, “He’s in here!!! He’s in here!!!” I ran upstairs, and I had to check every room before he would calm down. I’m not sure which part of the experience freaked me out the most.

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My imaginary friend was actually Mr. Peanut, the Plantars mascot dude. I only ever talked to him when I was sitting on the toilet. I remember having a conversation with him about a chick on Sesame Street that I had a crush on.

FURTHER READINGS

Marjorie Taylor, PhD: (1) Imaginary Companions and the Children Who Create Them. (2) Imaginary friends last into the school-age years. January 2005, Vol 36, No. 1

Susan Newman, Ph.D.: Imaginary Friends: Should Parents Worry?

Psychologist Jerome Singer: The House of Make-Believe Children’s Play and the Developing Imagination.


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