Beards, boiled eggs and bagels - children’s 40 biggest fears

Partick Thistles terrifying mascot Kingsley in pursuit of Pudsey Bear  (Pic: John Devlin).
Partick Thistles terrifying mascot Kingsley in pursuit of Pudsey Bear (Pic: John Devlin).

Spiders, dogs and the dark are among British children's biggest fears - while beards, boiled eggs and bagels are among the most peculiar, according to new research.

Other common phobias in the top 40 include monsters under the bed, clowns, going to the loo and the tooth fairy.

More than 1,500 parents with children under 16 were questioned as part of the research.

What are your little ones afraid of?

TOP 40 FEARS AMONG CHILDREN:

1. Spiders

2. The dark

3. Monsters under the bed/in the cupboard

4. Thunder and lightning

5. Wasps

6. Being alone

7. Loud noises

8. People wearing masks

9. Dogs

10. Strangers

11. Dentists

12. Clowns

13. Ghosts

14. Needles

15. Snakes

16. Moths

17. Death

18. Costume Characters (eg Football mascots, characters at theme parks)

19. Heights

20. Zombies

21. Doctors

22. Toilets & Bathrooms

23. Blood

24. Sharks

25. Loneliness

26. Bears

27. Cats

28. Loss

29. Ants

30. Santa Claus

31. Flying

32. Worms

33. Dolls

34. Water

35. Birds

36. Cars and other vehicles

37. Butterflies

38. Fish

39. Forests

40. Tooth Fairy