The specific fear of Friday the 13th is Friggatriskaidekaphobia (or Paraskevidekatriaphobia, depending on if you go Greek or Norse for your fifth-day naming). But it’s associated with thirteen, which sparks Triskaidekaphobia, fear of the number 13. So this week, as we all start amping up for Halloween, let’s look at some socks that’ll push your phobias. If cats, spiders, blood, beards or bees squick you out, then tread carefully!

Let’s start out with a softball. Pogonophobia, the fear of beards. I’m not certain if this includes moustaches, but if so? That means these styles are terrifying.


Mustache Tights
Argyle Mustache Midcalf


Cats. You either love ‘em or you’ve got Ailurophobia (or you could just moderately dislike them, or feel indifferent, whatever).  That’s totally understandable when clearly, based on socks, they are plotting something devious and gathering in upsettingly large numbers.


Winking Cat Knee Highs
Feline Festival Printed Trouser Socks


More terror after the jump!

Two more common fears are bees (Melissophobia) and blood (Hemophobia). Possibly painful flying things with movement patterns you can’t predict. Ack! What’s fascinating about fear of blood is that the fainting often associated with it (or with needles) is actually related to an autonomic nervous system trigger you have no control over! File under: things I didn’t know were going to make me faint until they totally did.


Bumble Bee Knee High
Bloody Zombie Thigh Highs


Okay, here’s a biggie. If these long-legged creepy crawlies and their architectural wonders of homes give you Arachnophobia, then these are definitely not styles for you.


Top Row: Micro Net Black Widow Tights, Sheer Spiderweb Arm Warmer
Bottom row: Spiderweb Thigh High, Spiders! Knee High, Spider Lace Pantyhose  


Now, for the topper. The number 13 and Triskaidekaphobia. I was looking at our products that are $13 (scary savings!) and check this out: when you’re looking at the $10-$19 range, the $13 items show up on the thirteenth page!!



For more spooky styles, check out our Halloween section. Sure it’s a month and a half away, but that gives you time to get into the spirit and scare up some socks for the season.