The "fear" instantly left my body as i approached Cookie Monster. "Cookie Monster?" i said. He tilted his head in a questioning manner. "Can i have a hug?" I asked. He shook his furry blue head in a yes motion as his googly eyes danced in opposite circles. He opened his arms and i hugged him hard. The "fear" was gone. I stayed at the party and completely forgot about whatever had been troubling me earlier.
I've told this story to a few of my friends who had been at that party. None of them remember seeing anyone dressed as Cookie Monster.