Creepy Dolls: 10 Examples of Happy Nightmares

By on August 21, 2014 // Entertainment // 6 Comments

Image: Stewart Butterfield/Flickr via CC by 2.0
Image: Stewart Butterfield/Flickr via CC by 2.0

Last month, something strange happened in the neighborhood of Talega in San Clemente, California: creepy porcelain dolls appeared on the doorsteps of eight different families, dolls they claimed resembled their daughters.

In the end, it turned out to be nothing more than a “friendly” gesture from a member of the community, but the initial concern underlined a peculiar, yet deep-seated, fear. A fear of dolls.

What is it that makes certain dolls creepy? Is it the uncanny valley? The way they look mostly human and yet so lifeless? Well, below are examples of some of the stranger dolls I’ve come across on the Internet.

Creepy or not, you decide.


If you’ve ever wondered what the inside of a porcelain doll’s head looks like, here’s your chance.

Shiny Happy Doll People

They were happy to get out of the house for once. The photographer at the studio, however, was somewhat confused when she asked him to photograph her “children.”

Doll People

Image: Unknown/Public Domain

The Ventriloquists

Every night they perform, dressed in suit and tie. But when the show’s over and the lights dim, back into the window they go. And wait.

Hug Him

Look for the golden arches. Then run.

Jules Vernon’s Doll Family

They were a close-knit family. But once a member, always a member.

A Creepy Doll Family

Image: Public Domain

An Abandoned Doll

Left forgotten in the woods, the creepy abandoned doll waited to be found by a new owner. Unfortunately, there were never any takers.

Baby Laugh-A-Lot

She’ll make you laugh. Forever.

The Patented Soul Knob

Captain Oogie, on the other hand, will ensure you never laugh again…

CPR Dolls

Automaton Terror

It doesn’t feel happiness or sadness, fear or worry. The automaton clown is content to play its music box song and smile into obliviion.

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About the Author

Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and reading bad novels about mermaids.

  • Hahaha these are all great 🙂

    And a SOUL KNOB…!! I wanna believe that’s the real commercial, is it??

    • Rob

      Of course it is! >.>

    • Dewms

      But they said the audio is fake!????

  • me

    suddenly i feel depressed
    something is going on here.

  • yamum

    Aged doll, yeah right.

  • DarkRanger

    I always find the “shiny happy” type the creepiest…