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Doll In The Hall Is Creepier Than Elf On The Shelf And That's Saying Something

Amy Pilkington 4 Oct 2019

When the Elf on the Shelf started becoming popular, I was among those people who thought the whole thing was a little bit creepy.

Not the idea itself, which I find fun and cute, but the actual Elf doll. On the spectrum of cute-to-creepy, that Elf leans way too close to the latter.

He is to cute Christmas elves what Pennywise is to clowns.

Which is why I really want Doll in the Hall to take off.

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If we're going to scar our children for life with a creepy, moving toy, we may as well do it on purpose, right?

From what I can tell, Doll in the Hall was started by Natasha Hudarovich in a viral Facebook post.

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Now, I'm sure that parents have been playing these pranks on their kids — and spouses — for a long time.

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But Natasha is the first I've seen to give it a name a connect it to the Elf on the Shelf craze:

"Instead of an Elf on the Shelf in December, I’m doing a Doll in the Hall in October. Basically you take a creepy Annabel porcelain doll that your kids already believe is haunted and keep secretly moving it around the house. For an extra festive touch I put the doll right in bed with one of the kids whenever they throw it in the trash. I it’s Day 3 and they want to move. #dollinthehall"

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No name-brand toy purchase required for this. If you don't have a creepy doll in the attic, the nearest thrift store is guaranteed to have one.

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Really, the older and creepier the doll, the better.

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While it's definitely not at the scale of that darn Elf yet, people are giving it a try again this year.

Of course, you know your kids best and if they're the type to never sleep again after a small scare, then maybe the Doll isn't for them.

If so, then your spouse or co-workers are fair game.

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