8 Things That Can Terrify Your Children At The Grocery Store

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fish headEvery weekend, my daughter and I head to the grocery store. She’s my helper on our weekly trip, deciding whether she wants green beans or asparagus this week, sweet potatoes or regular. I like to help her pick out my produce with him, so she feels like she has some control over her diet. It also gives us a great chance to talk about healthy food versus choices that don’t help us grow strong.

Somehow, in all our trips to the grocery store, my daughter had never noticed the whole fish available for purchase, sitting there with their mouths open and their eyes bugging out. It might be because my mother is allergic to fish and I’m not very good at cooking it, I tend to stay away from seafood in general.

Today, as I was grabbing some salmon, I wasn’t so lucky. Suddenly, my daughter was transfixed by the whole dead fish staring at us. And she was asking questions. Loudly.

“Mommy, why is it’s mouth open?”

“Mommy, are it’s bones still in there?”

My daughter didn’t just get herself worked up and upset about the dead fish. She informed every child within hearing distance that there were dead eyes staring at us.

In that moment, I realized that there are plenty of things to terrify a young child at the grocery store. The most wholesome of errands actually holds of world of fright for your little ones. Seriously!

Have your kids been scared by fish heads or lobster tanks? Here’s a few scary grocery features that I picked out. Let me know what I missed.



  1. Katie

    April 14, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Now im quite terrible at readin sarcasm and humor online… this is tongue in cheek right?

    If not, damn, im glad my little girl isnt precious enough to be bothered by these things.

  2. Clare

    April 15, 2012 at 11:54 am

    As a little girl raised in the south, our grocery stores always stocked pig’s feet. My younger sister and I were both entralled and creeped out by their cloven feet wrapped up in cellophane. Ugh.

  3. Jessie

    April 15, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Yeah… Not one of these things ever creeped me out as a child, and I was a weenie of a kid. Please tell me this is sarcasm.
    In fact, I was always quite fascinated by the whole fish, and lobster tanks were my favorite things to go and look at even though I know people were only buying them to eat them.
    Although the Wal Mart greeters might have scared me because I have always had severe social anxiety problems, Wal Mart wasn’t really present in my area until I was around 10 or so, and by then I had learned to tune out the random greetings of strangers to avoid a panic attack so I can’t really speak on that one.

  4. K.

    April 16, 2012 at 1:40 am

    (I too, am hoping this is written in jest!)

    I grew up going on regular marketing trips to Chinatown and never thought anything about the animals in the tanks or hanging in the windows. In fact, I remember being surprised when we brought a friend once and she thought the Peking ducks were “gross.” My mouth was watering, I’m pretty sure.

    …Actually the only thing that scared me about the store was our local butcher and that was because he didn’t like kids.

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