There was a story I read once, where this woman was taken to a tower and locked away so long that her hair grew...
Her lover found where she had been locked away and the two planned her escape. But the girl was weak willed and told the evil stepmother/witch about the plan.
So the evil witch cut off the girl's hair and when the lover/prince came back to rescue her, he called out:
"Repunzel, Repunzel, let down your long hair."
The witch dropped the hair and the lover climbed it until about halfway, when either the witch dropped the rope, or he saw her and jumped off (I forget).
ANYWAY, the creepy part was that after he fell from the tower, he landed in a thicket of thorns which tore his eyes out and he was blinded.
Ever since then, I've had a real problem with thorny bushes and falling.
Sure, childhood fairy stories are all fun and games until someone loses an eye.