What is the psychology behind kids seeing a Mascot of their favorite television character, and then being terrified of it?
Furries are scary?
No, but seriously, it’s an interesting question. I’m assuming you mean seeing a mascot in person? I’d imagine that could be scary just because on TV the characters are small and at a distance, so actually seeing them life-size could be startling. Those costumes are often pretty bulky, so mascots are essentially an extra-huge stranger.
And they’re odd looking. Their features aren’t like human features. Sometimes, depending on the costume, their mouths don’t move as they talk (if they talk). Their painted-on eyes don’t move. They’re kinda uncanny. Any of those things could be scary to a kid.
When I was a kid, I found it unsettling because even though I knew I liked that character, the illusion fell and I realized it was fake. I think some kids respond to that fear because they sense it isn’t real.