The UK’s Ultimate Halloween Character

Halloween is a time for sweet treats, crazy costumes and, of course, a multitude of horror films playing on loop. 

Bringing to life YouGov’s survey, the team at Goodrays has discovered the UK’s scariest Halloween characters across the generations. What’s more, we’ve culminated the nostalgic features of each to create the ultimate character that will leave anyone of any age trembling this spooky season.


The Halloween Horror Character The UK Finds Scariest

When surveying 1,745 adults across the UK, the data revealed the top five feared horror characters were:

  1. Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs) 

  2. Pennywise the Clown (It) 

  3. Freddy Kruger (A Nightmare on Elm Street)

  4. Chucky (Child's Play) 

  5. Damien (The Omen)

Scariest Halloween Character Through The Generations

The data highlighted a significant difference between age generations. 

The younger generations, for example, were most fearful of Pennywise the Clown from Stephen King’s It as almost a fifth of those aged 18-24 voted him the scariest, whilst over a quarter [26%] of 25-49-year-olds agreed.

The older generation, however, aged 50+, were most scared of Hannibal Lecter with almost a third [29%]  of 65+year-olds voting him as the scariest. 

Whilst only a mere 9%, those aged 65+ were the only generation who voted Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s Leatherface as one of their top five scariest characters. With the original film being released in 1974, it seems this generation has been scarred by the cannibalistic villain.

The Ultimate Halloween Character

Getting creative for this holiday, we’ve pieced together the iconic features of each of these notorious villains to create the scariest character that you can view at your own peril. 

Complete with the unmistakable auburn hair from the doll of Chucky, the scorching eyes of Pennywise the Clown which sit boldly above the metal muzzle of Hannibal Lecter. All of this sets ahead the body of a suit fit only for Damien, the child antichrist from The Omen and completed with the spine-chilling claw glove from Freddy Kruger. 

So, why is this so significant to us as a wellbeing brand? 

What is the fear of Halloween called?

Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween itself. This is when the thought of anything Halloween related - horror character or not - instil a sense of anxiety and dread within someone. 

Originating from the celtic word ‘Samhuin’, which means the end of summer, the fear of the day of the dead has crept through decades of pagan festivities.

How To Overcome Anxieties At Halloween

Whether you suffer from the fear of Halloween or if this time of year simply triggers fight or flight responses, there are ways to dilute your anxieties this season.

Normalise Your Feelings

Anxiety is a common undercurrent of Halloween as unfortunately, at this time of year, there’s often no treat without a mind trick or two. By reminding yourself that the way you’re feeling is a normal reaction this can help keep some of your anxieties at bay.

Practise Mindfulness

Learn what works best for you when it comes to mindfulness and self care, whether this is meditation, yoga, peaceful walks or a thought diary - try and get the practice in early so you can reflect more on why you’re not enjoying Halloween as much as you want to.

Reframe Your Fears

Halloween is designed to trigger our fight or flight response. Reminding yourself of this and reiterating that horror films, scary costumes and ghost stories are works of fiction designed to cause these anxieties can help you regain some power over the fear.

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Finally, our CBD gummies are the ideal sweet treat this Halloween. Infused with natural CBD, these gummy treats can help take the edge off of your anxieties and can promote a calmer sense of being - especially when taken alongside the other practices.

CBD Gummies For Halloween

Put the treat into trick or treating this Halloween and learn more about our CBD Gummies from Goodrays, designed to calm anxieties in an easy-to-consume way.