Sunday, October 29, 2017

Those Spooky Toys--and a GIVEAWAY.

Series: Vintage Toyshop Mysteries
Author: Barbara Early

Liz McCall here…

When you think of toys, the mind naturally goes to Christmas and all those shiny presents under the tree. But at Well Played, our vintage toyshop, we stock any number of toys and games perfect for a spooky Halloween.

Here’s my list of the top five toys guaranteed to trigger nightmares in those little brats who toilet-paper your trees.


1. My sister-in-law Cathy might disagree with me, but you could put just about any doll, but especially those with chipped faces and not-quite-focused eyes, onto the list. Then again, if the eyes focused, that could be creepier.

2. Santa. Santa is scary. Ask any toddler who has been unwittingly shoved into his lap. You could hide any serial killer under that white beard. (Even if his eyes don’t glow demonic red.) This one was likened to a “bad Christmas Eve over Chernobyl” in MURDER ON THE TOY TOWN EXPRESS.


Musical Jolly Chimp1
3. The cymbal monkey, otherwise known as Jolly Chimp. If you’ve read DEATH OF A TOY SOLDIER, you know I’ve nominated this one as the toy most likely to be inhabited by a hoard of demons. It probably didn't help that ours had a slippery catch and started moving on its own. Happy to say I found a home for this one.











4. Any ventriloquist dummy, but counts double if it has some age and is wearing a toddler’s vampire costume. (Say hi to Charlie. If Charlie says hi back, I’m out of here.)













5. More specifically in the doll category…moving dolls, especially if there’s maniacal laughter involved.


And yes, we have all these currently in our shop, Well Played, and I think you should come and buy them…mainly so I don’t have to look at them anymore. (Shudder.)



Read more about Liz McCall—toy shop manager and amateur sleuth—in the Vintage Toyshop mysteries!

Death of a Toy Soldier (now in paperback!)


Murder on the Toy Town Express (recently released!)




GIVEAWAY: Have any children’s playthings ever given you the willies?


I’ll be giving a Kindle copy of your choice of either Death of a Toy Soldier or Murder on the Toy Town Express to one commenter. Please include your email address in a safe format, ie, myname (at) provider (dot) com. Winner chosen at random. Giveaway closes at noon on November 1st.


44 comments:

  1. Some puppets did. They can be scary.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  2. Dolls are the creepiest to me. I feel like their eyes follow me around. cking78503(at)aol(dot) com.

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  3. The Charlie McCarthy type would be the scariest to me. I have seen too many movies. One of the old Dr. Who's has him crawling out of his case at night and murdering... Thanks for the chance at an ebook.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  4. As a child I always hated marionettes and ventriloquist dummies, for no apparent reason. A spooky movie with dolls wouldn't bother me at all.

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  5. Sock monkeys. Hate them. Also, my dolls used to creep me out at night when I was little. mcastor07(at)gmail (dot)com.

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  6. Any doll that has lost its hair creeps me out.Candykennexy45@gmail.com

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  7. I always thought Cabbage Patch Kids were creepy! [If I win, I'd like Death of a Toy Soldier] Thanks for the opportunity! bobwiesmann (AT) gmail (DOT) com

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  8. Ooo, all those eyes staring a you, unblinking!

    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  9. The cymbal monkey!! Thanks for the chance. maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  10. I never liked clowns, they creep me out.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. I never liked clowns, they creep me out.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. I got a doll for my daughter that I was able to "design" to look like her -- but it didn't end up looking like my daughter, though it did resemble a little girl, but it was the creepiest doll I have ever seen. She always seemed to turn up in strange places (I think my daughter was trying to hide her away), and one night she was sitting on the sofa when I had to go through the den for something, and I'm convinced her eyes glowed. She went into the closet after that! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  13. Quite a few dolls freaked me out. Clowns did. That monkey, Jolly Chimp, gave me nightmares. My mom has a room full of them. My kids won’t even go in there. Lol.
    Cristinaalaska@gmail.com

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  14. Some dolls or puppets can be creepy. musiqmom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. The only toy that scares me is a Chucky doll.Legallyblonde1961 at yahoo dot com

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  16. I don't really remember any toys creeping me out when I was a child. There is one currently available on Amazon that I wouldn't want to turn my back on. It's called Glitterpoop the Unicorn and when you squeeze it the mouth opens to show fangs. Great way to give your child nightmares!
    https://amazon.com/Feisty-Pets-Glitterpoop-Unicorn-Squeeze/dp/B01MSQH5OV/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1509303302&sr=8-14&keywords=unicorn

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  17. I don't remember any toys scaring me.
    im2early4u(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. I don’t like the Jack in the Box . I hated when it popped out.
    Jhdwayne(at)peoplepc(dot)com

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  19. Old dolls creep me out. Peg_Halley(at)twc(dot)com

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  20. I don't care for those monkey's that have the symbols. Used to have one as a kid that had a weird smile on its face...no thank you! lol Tammie Lou

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  21. i don't remember any toy scaring me as a child. I just felt I was blessed with what I did get from Santa. I was the oldest of 8 children so money was tight. As an adult I don't like scary dolls, clowns or story figurines. gheruska44(at)gmail(dot) com Thanks for the opportunity to win this giveaway.

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  22. I don't think I remember any toys scaring me at all. catwoman-1(at)comcast(dot)net

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  23. I didn't have any scary toys as a child. But, the doll in the front row of that picture to the left of the one in the yellow dress seems zombie(ish). patwalkerp(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. No, my Mother would never have allowed anything spooky.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  25. I was absolutely terrified of clowns! Toy clowns, pictures of clowns, live clowns, you get the picture!
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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  26. Any doll/stuffed animal that cries, laughs, talks to you, etc is really creepy.
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. Creepy looking Ventriloquist dummies. Thank you for this chance! areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  28. Mary Lynette MillerOctober 29, 2017 at 7:19 PM

    I am not a fan of monkeys. The give me the creeps. Toy ones or real ones. NO, no, no! nettiem(at)toledotel(dot)com

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  29. I had one of the ventriloquist dummies when I was little, like Jerry Mahoney, and it really scared me because the mouth would hang open at a weird angle all the time. Kuzlin at aol.com

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  30. Yes to all of those ideas. YIKES! Jack in the Box too with those creepy clowns inside.....
    VWinship at aol dot com

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  31. Some dolls can be too realistic centraleast2 at gmail dot com

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  32. Ventriloquist dummies, especially older ones, creep me out. Thank you for the chance to win. Dmskrug3(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  33. Leftover Halloween masks are creepy- the empty eye holes. Thanks for the opportunity. cheers at MarjimManor dot com

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  34. I'm not fond of those creepy rubber snakes and spiders. Somehow there are people who find it hilarious to plant them in areas where unsuspecting individuals can find them, scaring the bejeebers out of that individual. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway. My fingers are crossed my name is pulled. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  35. Nothing like a Jack In The Box for scaring a little one. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  36. I don't remember any toys scaring me. I am not overly fond of scary clowns.
    kckendler at gamil dot com

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  37. I'm with you on the dolls. Some of them just aren't right! mbradeen (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  38. I had a jack in the box and loved it but it always scared me to death when it popped out....vickiela3@hotmail.com

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  39. Messed up!!!! Mine was the crazy jack in the box that scared me when it popped out..vickiela3 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  40. I agree with Kara Marks above somewhere...That Chucky doll creeps me out after seeing whatever movie it was in.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  41. The only things I had a problem with was those icky feeling rubber spiders. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

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  42. My sister had a puppet that she was always freaked out over, she finally tossed it in a box, taped it shut and threw it away.
    lilyanngill56(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. I don't remember any creepy toys when I was growing up. Now it is the video games kids are addicted to that scare me! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

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