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Phobias: Why Halloween Is More Frightening For Some

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Phobias: Why Halloween Is More Frightening For Some While some may picture Halloween as being a time of fancy dress, trick or treat and ghoulish stories, for people who have phobias, Halloween can be a very difficult time. Let me illustrate this point by way of example. A friend of mine was telling me that her phobia of spiders was so strong that she avoids going into supermarkets around Halloween. All the display spider webs and plastic spiders bring her anxiety to such a point that she recalls walking into a supermarket once, spotting a display, screaming in sheer terror and running out of the store. Yes, she admits that it might’ve looked like she was crazy however around Halloween, I am pretty sure if you were to ask your friends, you’ll find at least one person you know who would agree with this experience. Considering that Halloween is meant to be about all those things that bring a sense of terror into our world, it’s easy to understand why there would be some things that may trigger a phobic response. There is even Samhainophobia, which is a fear of Halloween itself! The term Samhainophobia originates from ‘Samhuin’ meaning summer’s…

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