Dolls are one of the oldest types of toys. These toys for kids can be used for imaginative play, and they shouldn’t be something that should be feared…or should they?
As horror movies have shown us, dolls can be evil and sinister. From the collection of ventriloquist dummies in Dead Silence to the living dolls in the classic horror film Dolls or to the murderer trapped in a Chucky doll in the series Child’s Play, dolls don’t seem so innocent.
While these may be scary, they’re all just movies, right? In many cases, yes, evil, haunted dolls are fictional, cooked up by Hollywood writers and producers to bring in big box office numbers. However, some of these tales seen on the big screen, in TV, and in books are thought to be true, and owners of evil dolls have even turned to the experts to prove that haunted toys really exist.
Evil spirits taking over dolls who then haunt the owners seem like a figment of the imagination, but there have been some instances in history when unexplained things have happened and a haunted doll was to blame. These aren’t just your everyday children’s toys. Read on to find out more about 20 recorded cases of the most haunted dolls in history.
20. Okiku’s Hair Grows
Okiku is a doll that currently is displayed in a temple in Japan, and she is supposedly haunted because of strange activity with her hair. It is said that she was originally purchased by a little boy in 1918, who presented it to his very sick sister. One year after receiving the doll, the girl died from her illness. However, the family noticed that the doll’s once shoulder-length hair had begun to grow, and they saw it as a sign that the little girl’s spirit had inhabited the doll. Today, the doll’s hair has grown several inches and reaches her knees. No other strange activity from the doll has been reported.
19. Haunted Caroline Means No Harm
Not all haunted dolls are evil, as evidenced by a supposedly haunted doll by the name of Caroline. The origins of Caroline are unknown, but she was later found in a Salem, Massachusetts, antique shop. It is rumored the Caroline is possessed by not one ghost, but three who argue over who controls the doll. Caroline has moved things over the years and will whisper when held close to an ear. She was investigated by paranormal experts, who determined that she was haunted. After her last owner died, she is no longer as active as she has been in previous years.
18. Bebe May Hold the Spirit of a Murdered Girl
A doll by the name of Bebe is said to possibly hold the spirit of a murdered girl. When the owner first obtained Bebe, she noticed a few things were odd. The atmosphere of her home felt quite different, doors and windows opened and closed, and giggling was heard in an empty house. The owner had a dream where a man killed a young girl and beside the girl was the doll, Bebe. The owner has since begun investigating to prove that the doll holds the spirit of the young girl, as well as to find out the identity and details behind the murder of the child.
17. Elmo Knows How to Kill
When haunted dolls are discussed, Elmo, the bright red and lovable Sesame Street muppet, is the last thing that anyone would consider to be scary. However, in 2008, one family was completely creeped out by this children’s toy. Elmo Knows Your Name was a very popular toy, and like many families, the Bowman family purchased this for their son, James. What was so peculiar about this doll was that after its batteries were changed, it began to say the child’s name prefaced by the word “kill.” So the child’s toy was saying, “Kill James.” When hearing about the problem, Fisher-Price offered a replacement doll. No updates have been posted online as to what happened to this creepy toy.
16. Joliet Brings Along an Evil Curse
A doll by the name of Joliet has been in the same family for generations. It is said that the current owner’s great grandmother was the first to own the doll, and it was given to her by a jealous friend. Each generation of women in the family has had two children, one boy and one girl. On the third day, each boy has mysteriously passed away. Members of the family say that wails and cries can be heard coming from the doll, with many different sounds coming out at the same time, and they believe that it is hosting the spirits of the departed boys.
15. Mandy Isn’t Your Typical Porcelain Doll
A porcelain doll named Mandy is said to be one of the most haunted dolls in the world. The doll was originally made between 1910 and 1920 and now resides in the Quesnel Museum in British Columbia after being donated by her former owner. While she owned the doll, the former owner said that she would hear crying through the night. After giving Mandy to the museum, the crying stopped in the former owner’s home, but weird things began happening at the museum, including employees’ lunches turning up missing, office supplies mysteriously disappearing, and footsteps being heard through the hallways when no one is around.
14. Pupa Causes Mischief
Pupa is a doll that was first created in the 1920s for the original owner, who owned her up until her death in 2005. The owner of Pupa had many stories to share about the doll, including the fact that Pupa once saved her life. Pupa is a doll that has been known to cause mischief. Some people say that the glass display case she is stored in has been fogged up with child-like writing seen on the glass. It is also rumored that she moves other things around her case, and that she herself has been found in different places all over her case.
13. Emilia Misses Her Mommy
Emilia is a doll that is very old, one of the oldest haunted dolls in existence. This doll was first given to the king of Italy in the 1800s. Before death, he gave the doll to his closest friend, who presented Emilia to his daughter, Marie. After an explosion in WWII killed a woman supposedly trying to save the doll for Marie, it is said that her spirit took over the doll. The haunted doll supposedly opens and closes her eyes, and she can even be heard crying for her mama at night. What makes this particularly spooky is that the original voice box of the doll no longer works.
12. Haunted Doll Amanda Moves from Place to Place
Amanda is an antique bisque doll, a doll designed for collection and not for play. The origins of Amanda are not known, but she was first sold on eBay several years ago. Since that sale, she has been traded and sold more than 10 times, never staying in the same place for very long. Owners of the doll have said that when Amanda is not happy, she causes mischief in the home. She currently resides with an owner in Atlanta, Georgia, and it has been said that she can be heard scratching the inside of her glass case, trying to escape. Previous owners of the doll have said that she brought bad luck, and others have said that she moves from place to place on her own.
11. Don’t Remove Her Blindfold
In Singapore, a peculiar doll was found on the side of the road, with its eyes covered by a blindfold. The doll is thought to be possessed and has been seen moving around on its own. It is believed that the owner of the doll blindfolded the doll and abandoned it so it couldn’t find him or her again. The doll has been spotted moving its head from side to side and has even been rumored to speak in an adult woman’s voice. Rumors say that anyone that removes the blindfold will be followed by the doll. As of 2015, the whereabouts of this creepy toy are unknown.
10. Voodoo and a Haunted Doll
This doll is a little bit different from the rest, perhaps because it doesn’t resemble a typical child’s toy. The string and cloth doll originated in New Orleans and was sold on eBay to a Texas woman, along with a list of instructions. The instructions stated not to remove the doll from the silver casing, which unfortunately, the owner did not heed. Once removed, she claimed the doll attacked her, she had nightmares, and when she tried to sell it, it would show up on her doorstep again. The doll is now owned by a ghost hunter who has been investigating to find out more about this creepy voodoo doll.
9. Haunted Doll Shows No Mercy
Mercy is a doll that is rumored to be haunted and is currently owned by a paranormal expert who purchased the doll off of eBay. The backstory is that the doll is possessed by a 7-year-old girl. However, the current owner felt something much more sinister that led her to believe that the doll was not possessed by a child. According to the owner, a negative feeling surrounds her when she is around Mercy. Other weird occurrences have been when the doll was found standing on two feet from where she was stored, and radio stations began to change in her presence.
8. Alice the Doll Is Watching You
Alice is a doll that was passed to its owner from her grandmother. Her grandmother told her that the doll holds the spirit of her best friend that passed away. When Alice is pressed close to an ear, she can be heard whispering and she has even uttered creepy things including, “I want to be left alone to suffer.” It has also been said by the owner that her head and eyes move to follow people in the room, and her expression even changes when she is around people that she doesn’t like. The doll is currently kept at the owner’s home in Washington State.
7. Letta Me Out
A doll by the name of Letta was said to have been made by a Romanian gypsy after the loss of his son. The gypsies believed that spirits of the dead would reside in dolls. Letta is a marionette that has real human hair and even has a brain underneath his hair. Unlike other haunted dolls, Letta doesn’t bring bad luck or cause nightmares. There are strange occurrences around the doll, though. For instance, it will rain when the doll is taken outside, and some people become very scared or sad when they see the doll. The doll is also rumored to move and change positions on his own.
6. Beware the Devil Baby
New Orleans has a rich culture and heritage, and voodoo has always been a part of the history of the city. Voodoo legend says that in the 1800s, a woman married another man, sending her ex-lover into a rage. He sought help from the Queen of Voodoo, and the result was a painful and fatal labor for the woman, along with the birth of a child that was thought to be Satan’s child. Citizens carved out fake Devil Babies and put them outside to scare off the real one. In later years, more Devil Baby carvings emerged, and these were said to be haunted. Some can still be purchased today, but they come equipped with a warning label.
5. Peggy Affects People Through Video
Jayne Harris is a paranormal investigator who has taken photos and videos of a haunted doll by the name of Peggy. The strange thing about Peggy is that she has had an effect on people who have never even been around her. When photos and videos of the doll were posted on the Internet, 80 people reported suffering from headaches, feeling anxious, and even seeing images of mental institutions. One woman even reported suffering from a heart attack after viewing online videos of the doll. The doll was acquired by Harris after an anonymous person sent it to her, reporting nightmares because of the toy.
4. Don’t Take Photos Without Permission
A doll owned by Robert Eugene Otto is supposedly haunted and will curse anyone that takes a picture without asking permission. The doll was given to Otto as a child, and neighbors reported seeing the doll moving around from window to window, while hijinks including broken vases and messes were made, supposedly by the doll. After Otto’s death, a little girl found the doll in the attic. She claimed that the doll wanted to kill her. The doll is now housed in a historical museum in Florida, and any visitors that take a photo of the doll must ask for permission, for if they don’t, the legend says that they will be cursed. The display features letters from past visitors, apologizing to the doll and asking it to lift the curse it inflicted upon them.
3. Creepy Things Happen on Doll Island
One haunted doll is scary enough, but imagine a whole island of haunted dolls. Doll Island, located near Mexico City, is a place that is said to house many haunted dolls. The story behind the island is that a recluse was haunted by the ghost of a girl who had drowned. To appease the ghost, he hung several dolls all over the island. He later died in the same spot that the girl had died. Some people have said that when you visit the island, you hear the dolls whispering, speaking in tongues, and moving on their own. Paranormal investigators visited the island and claimed that they heard voices and experienced hallucinations while surrounded by the dolls.
2. Harold: The Doll that Started It All
In recent years, eBay listings have popped up left and right selling supposedly haunted dolls. It all started back in 2003 with the sale of a doll named Harold. After the doll sold, it was admitted that the old doll was not really cursed or haunted and that it was all a hoax. However, owners of the doll after its initial purchase on eBay reported strange happenings, including two strange deaths. The current owner locked the doll up but reported weird things happening, so he removed it from storage and things have been better ever since. The current owner runs a website devoted to the doll and insists that he will get to the truth behind this creepy old toy.
1. The Story of Annabelle Hits the Big Screen
The Conjuring was a tale of a haunted house, a story that is said to be based on true events. In the movie, Ed and Lorraine Warren, a married pair of psychic investigators, come to get rid of the evil spirits in the house. In the movie, we get a glimpse inside of their museum, which has a doll housed in a glass case. This doll is known as Annabelle, and she was the focus of the sequel, Annabelle. The Warrens do have Annabelle, a Raggedy Ann doll who was purchased by a college student. After the student and her roommates discovered odd things happening, the Warrens determined that Annabelle was possessed by a demon, and they took the doll, locked it in a case, and have not let it out since.