There are some urban legends that have permeated our collective consciousness and are just universally accepted as creepy. But none is quite so universal at the haunted doll. Be it the influence of Chuckie and Annabel, the uncanny valley, or simply the fact they're just a little bit weird - dolls have a real power to make us feel uncomfortable.
But the latest creepy doll to hit the headlines has us covered in goosebumps. Read on for the "haunted" Elsa doll guaranteed to give you nightmares.
Feeling creeped out is something of a universal human experience.Try as we might to be brave, we're all afraid of something, right?
And that's ok!Being fearless is just an unrealistic goal, after all.
But something that's strange?There seem to be certain things which we basically all find scary.
From ghosts, to monsters, to things that go bump in the night ...We all seem to share particular universal fears. Whether it's a hangover from our monkey-brains, or simply that certain things are objectively frightening, we tend to get creeped out by similar things.
And one of these things?A haunted doll. Who knows why they scare us so much - but it's safe to say, they do.
But there's one creepy doll story in particular ...That has the whole internet talking this week.
And it involves a fairly unlikely player.Everyone's favorite badass female, Elsa from Frozen. She'd never do us wrong, right?
Wrong.Turns out, Elsa can use her powers for good and evil - and this story has more than a hint of the malevolent about it.
It involves a particular Elsa doll.
via: AmazonAfter the massive success of the movie franchise, these dolls became pretty ubiquitous in many households.
But one family noticed a problem with theirs.No matter how hard they try, they can't seem to get rid of this creepy doll!
The doll arrived in their lives in 2013.Emily Madonia's daughter received the doll as a Christmas gift - and in the beginning, things seemed totally fine.
But then Madonia started to notice odd things about the toy."In 2015, it started doing it alternating between Spanish and English. There wasn't a button that changed these, it was just random," she explained to click2Houston.com.
And that wasn't all.In spite of supposedly being out of battery, the doll would also, "randomly begin to speak and sing."
These unnerving traits caused the family to make a decision.They chose to part ways with Elsa, tossing her away in the garbage.
But, just a couple of weeks later ...The doll reappeared. "The kids insisted they didn't put it there, and I believed them because they wouldn't have dug through the garbage outside," Emily says.
Emily took to Facebook to tell her story."Ro recap for those of you who have not been following our Elsa doll saga, Mat threw it away weeks ago and then we found it inside a wooden bench."
The family were freaked out."So we were weirded out and tightly wrapped it in its own garbage bag and put that garbage bag INSIDE another garbage bag filled with other garbage and put it in the bottom of our garbage can underneath a bunch of other bags of garbage."
The doll was removed."[We] wheeled it to the curb and it was collected on garbage day. Great, right? We went out of town, forgot about it."
But the story took a frightening turn.
via: Facebook"Today Aurélia says "Mom, I saw the Elsa doll again in the backyard." HELP US GET RID OF THIS HAUNTED DOLL!" Emily pleaded.
"Most logical thinkers believe it's a prank, but I don't understand how or when it was done, especially because the garbage truck had taken it away."So Emily took more drastic action - sending the doll away by mail!
She posted the doll with no return address.
via: Facebook"My friend Chris Hogan received the doll today. 1500 miles from here. (He asked for it, don't be mean!)"