If you're creeped out by dolls, it's safe to say you're not alone. Dolls are terrifying and pop culture isn't doing them any favors. There are a lot of movies and books about terrifying dolls; movies like Child's Play, Dead Silence, and everyone's childhood nightmare, the classic Goosebumps: Night of the Living Dummy. What's even scarier than those movies and books is the fact that there are actual dolls that are allegedly haunted. Or at least just creepy AF dolls that should never be owned. Movies like Annabelle are based on real-life haunted dolls, and a museum in Key West has one permanently on display. People even pay a load of money for dolls that might be haunted in order to bring one home. And to that—I have one question for those people: WHY?
If you're not quite fearless enough to buy a haunted doll, check out this list of 15 of the creepiest and most well known haunted dolls.
Reader beware, this doll is pretty intense. Peggy, who looks like the most normal and totally un-haunted doll I've ever seen, is supposedly so haunted that just watching a video of her can make people sick. Allegedly, 80 people who have watched videos of Peggy had headaches and felt nauseous. Crazy, right? Most haunted dolls have a story about their past that explains a little bit about why they may be haunted, but Peggy's entire legend is simply about the way she affects people. If you're brave enough, there are videos all over the web of Peggy and paranormal investigators spending time with her trying to see if she's truly haunted or not. Personally, I don't really want to be haunted by a doll through my computer screen so I think I'll pass...
14 The Okiku Doll
In 1918, Eikichi Suzuki bought a doll for her sister, Okiku. The doll wore a kimono and had a blunt black bob and Okiku loved the doll so much - she named it after herself. A year later, the girl became ill and passed away due to complications due to her illness. The family took the doll and put it on display forever in the memory of Okiku. Shortly after, they noticed something strange about Okiku (the doll). The short bob she had when Eikichi bought the doll was suddenly long and shaggy. Although the family would cut it, the doll's hair would grow back and become long again, as though they had never cut it.
The Okiku doll, which still stays on display in the Mannenji temple, has never been explained. Is it a hoax or does her hair really grow? Is the spirit of her owner trapped inside? Who knows, but this sure is creepy.
In 1970, a girl named Donna was gifted a Raggedy Ann doll by her mother for her birthday. A few days later, they noticed the doll was moving on its own (UH, WHAT!?). First, she would just slightly change her position, but after a while, her movements became more and more obvious and she would be found in a completely different room than where she was left. They also began to find messages written on paper saying things like, "help us" on a type of paper Donna and her mother had never kept in the house.
If Annabelle's name or story sounds familiar, it's because a movie about her and the Warrens' investigation of her was made into a movie of the same name. Allegedly, the real doll is haunted by the spirit of a girl named Annabelle Higgins who lived on the grounds of their apartment building and was found dead when she was seven. Annabelle's spirit apparently felt comfortable with Donna and her mother and decided to live with them by inhabiting the doll.
12 Pulau Ubin Barbie
The picture above is a shrine in Singapore dedicated to a doll called "German Girl." According to the legend, she was allegedly a young girl living with her family in Singapore in 1914 when her family was investigated as potentially being undercover spies. The girl escaped their home when her parents were caught, but she fell off a cliff and died. A man from Pulau Ubin had a recurring dream involving a young girl leading him to a store to buy a Barbie Doll for her. After having the dream multiple times, he went and purchased a Barbie from the store to create a shrine for the young girl in his dreams. Now, tourists visit and leave makeup or perfume as a gift to the spirit.
Although it's unclear if the dream was actually at all related to the supposed "German Girl," it doesn't stop people from visiting the site.
11 Voodoo Zombie Doll
In 2004, a woman in Galveston, Texas bought a doll on eBay. The seller's listing claimed that the doll was "very active" and "almost alive." When the woman received it, it was in a silver box with a list of directions for safely caring for it. The list said that the most important step was to never, ever remove it from its metal box. The new owner ignored that step and took the doll out of the box to get a better look at the doll. The woman claimed the doll attacked her and she would have nightmares about it. After her negative experiences, she tried re-selling it on eBay to another horror enthusiast, but the buyers would receive nothing in the mail but an empty package and she would find the haunted Voodoo Zombie Doll back at her house. Eventually, it sold and didn't come back to her. Umm, can I have my money back!?
In the 1920s, a young girl in Italy got a doll that was made to look just like her. The doll is made mostly of felt and is just over a foot tall and is called Pupa, the Latin word for "doll." The doll's hair is made of real human hair, which people believe was hair the doll maker bought, although at the time that it was made, items made with the owner's hair or a loved one's hair wasn't unusual. Pupa's owner often claimed that her doll had a mind of its own and that it wasn't just a doll.
Since Pupa's original owner's death in 2005, the doll has been kept on display in a cabinet. The family has heard tapping coming from the glass and when they go to see what the noise was or make sure nothing fell, Pupa has changed her position.
This is Gertrude The Haunted Doll resides in Ed and Lorraine Warren's haunted museum collection. Not as popular as Annabelle but a strong presence this Doll gives off. Would you take it home for a night if asked? #strange #stories #sad #dark #history #greed #vintage #horrors #interesting #tales #murder #mayhem #weird #wicked #past #followme #instascary #scary #creepy
Although Ed and Lorraine Warren's Occult Museum has gained fame for having another haunted doll named Annabelle, this doll is apparently named Gertrude and has also made her home in their museum. Finding any information about Gertrude, even on the Warren's website, is nearly impossible - so it's unclear what her history is or what kind of experiences people have had. Based on the old looking "DO NOT OPEN" sign and the fact that she just looks unhappy to be in that box, I'm going to assume it's for the best. Although Annabelle may be the more famous haunted doll out of the two of them (and one of their most famous artifacts in general), Gertrude is scarier looking. Whatever her story is and however she wound up in their museum, I wouldn't want to open her case. Ever.
8 The Devil Baby Of Bourbon Street
In the 1800s, after a man's ex lover got married, he became incredibly jealous. He went to Marie Laveau, one of the most famous practitioners of Voodoo to get revenge for what she had done to him. She put a curse on the bride, who later died during childbirth. And the creepiest part is, the baby allegedly looked less like a baby and more like the devil himself. According to the legend on the doll, Laveau brought the baby home and cared for it herself and after she died, it died too and was buried next to her. People in New Orleans at this time would carve small wooden dolls that looked like it to hang outside their homes because, according to local folklore, the baby would hide in dark corners of New Orleans and attack anyone who came near it. Many people who have purchased these dolls claim they're haunted, attack the owner, or move on their own.
Robert the Doll is one of the most famous haunted dolls in the world and lives on permanent display at the Fort East Martello Museum. In the late 1800s, a boy named Robert Eugene Otto, who went by the name Gene, was given Robert. The story says that whenever Gene would misbehave, he would insist he did nothing wrong and that Robert had done whatever was being blamed on him. Some people claim that the Otto's home would have objects move by themselves, Robert would move by himself, or Gene would be left with mysterious scratches that were attributed to Robert.
Since putting Robert on display at the museum, they've reported that electronics malfunction around him and people need to ask his permission before taking his picture or you'll be cursed with bad luck. The museum says Robert gets letters every day apologizing to him or asking him to curse someone they don't like.
In 1991, Mandy was donated to the Quesnel and District Museum, British Columbia. The person who donated it said the doll was 90 years old and had belonged to her grandmother. She said she was donating it because the doll was fragile and she didn't want her own children to damage it by playing with it since it was so old. The museum curator said that being around Mandy left herself, along with other people who were in her presence, feeling sick and uneasy. When Mandy was left alone, objects in the room moved around by themselves. Photographs taken of Mandy wouldn't turn out right, and people felt sick if they looked at her display. Finally, the museum locked her in a glass case by herself instead of having her out in the open.
5 Patty Reed's Doll
Although Patty Reed's Doll isn't known for being haunted or doing anything terrifying to its owners, it still has a rather creepy history. Patty Reed was eight years old when she was traveling with the Donner Party. If that name sounds familiar to you, it should because the Donner Party was a group of travelers who became stuck in a blizzard and ended up having to eat each other due to starvation. Along their journey, Patty was told to get rid of all her toys and unnecessary items because they needed to lighten their load in order to keep going. Patty agreed, but she secretly kept her doll after she got rid of everything else. The doll, along with Patty Reed and her entire family, miraculously survived the journey. Now, Patty's doll is on display at Sutter’s Fort State Historical Park Museum.
4 Chrystal, True, Monika, Sharla, Isaac, Lilly, Ashley, And Cameron
As if having one haunted doll isn't enough, a family in rural Pennsylvania is home to not just one, but eight. Yeah, Chrystal, True, Monika, Sharla, Isaac, Lilly, Ashley, and Cameron are the names of dolls that a couple of paranormal investigators purchased, fully knowing they were haunted. They even set up a web cam of their collection of haunted porcelain dolls, but it doesn't appear that their website or camera are still running. People who frequented the website to watch the dolls reported seeing orbs and even an apparition of a young boy once on the stream.
Was it real? Is their collection of dolls really haunted? Who knows, but this is one scary collection. Good for them adopting all these creepy dolls to give a loving home, though.
Letta, the Gypsy Doll, was discovered in 1972 by Kerry Walton. Kerry was visiting his hometown in Australia for his grandma's funeral when he decided to take a trip to a creepy abandoned house he had been afraid of since he was a child. When he got there, he found a doll underneath the porch and decided to take it home with him. According to a medium he spoke to (to investigate the doll and tell him more about it), Letta was allegedly made 200 years prior to him finding it by a Romanian man whose son had drowned. The man was very superstitious and believed that the doll would hold the spirit of his son. The doll was made with human hair, which revealed (what looks like) a carefully carved brain if you move it.
Walton's business apparently became more successful after finding Letta, but that doesn't mean he's still not scary. He allegedly gives people an eerie feeling when they come in contact with him, makes dogs become agitated and start barking when they come near him, and moves on his own.
There isn't a lot of information about Harold's origins. What people know about him is that he was made around the turn of the century, has had a lot of different owners and, as you can see just by looking at him, has had a pretty rough life. Harold's previous owners have reported feeling headaches, back pain, unexplained injuries, and two deaths have even allegedly been connected to Harold; although those have never been proven to be related to the doll. Anthony Quinata bought Harold on eBay in 2004 and after experiencing some strange things himself, he put Harold into storage until 2013.
Paranormal investigators met with Quinata and Harold to do an EVP and Ovilus session. The investigators claim to have heard several screaming and laughing voices coming through on their EVP machines and their Ovilus machine brought up the words "worry" and "guilt" repeatedly.
1 Isla de las Munecas (Island of the Dolls)
If you're scared of dolls, I would check Isla de las Munecas in Mexico off your travel bucket list. The legend of Isla de las Munecas says that a young girl drowned there. The caretaker at the time said he found a doll float by some time later and assumed that it belonged to the young girl. He picked the doll out of the canal and hung it on a tree as a tribute to the girl who lost her life there when he was unable to save her. The caretaker, Don Julian Santana Barrera, was apparently haunted by the spirit of the little girl and he began hanging more dolls around the island in her memory to try to please her spirit. Barrera spent 50 years hanging dolls around the island before he was found dead in the same place as the girl. Since then, the island has become a tourist destination and people bring their own dolls to hang from the trees as an homage to the girl and to Barrera.
People who visit, claim the dolls move their heads and open and close their eyes or follow visitors around with their eyes as they're exploring the island. Creepy!