Sometimes it’s not just ghosts and vampires that make one jump for Halloween. Sometimes there’s little else more frightening than faerie tales. And I’m not talking about the Disney kind. Carlo Collodi’s original PINOCCHIO talks about the wooden boy getting lynched and murdered for being a bad kid. The best quote from that linked article –
The moral of the [Disney] film is that if you are brave and truthful, and you listen to your conscience, you will find salvation. Collodi’s moral is that you if you behave badly and do not obey adults, you will be bound, tortured, and killed.
Yay for children’s stories! And we can’t forget Grimm’s stories, where Cinderella’s sisters chop off body parts to try and appease a prince, or Rumplestiltskin ripping himself in half. And a stepmother poisoning her daughter out of jealousy? Or a witch that lured children to her home with candy and then bakes and eats them? And these aren’t out of Stephen King novels!
Those innocent faerie tales told to children while they’re falling asleep are far more sinister than Disney gives them credit for. They were never meant to entertain children; they were meant to scare the everloving shit out of them to make them behave. And they say children’s stories are too dark now. Perhaps we should reinstitute the old ways . . .