Welcome to my 2014 creepy doll party! After last year's fun with pediophobia, I felt another installment was in order!
Because I love old dolls. I love creepy, ghost-like bisque dolls from Europe...
I love pretty, matronly old china dolls...
I love that Little Sis loves collecting doll parts to use as decor. I love that she decided to share them with us for Halloween! She put them out for display on the fireplace blower.
|and this one has been named both Owen and Noah, depending on her mood. (Note Cousin Brain, in the jar...)|
I don't have quite as many creepy doll books to share with you this year. We saw a couple more at the Scholastic Book Fair this year, but we already owned The Doll Graveyard (see below), and only opted to purchase Doll Bones, which Big Sis is still reading.
|Ghost Doll and Jasper|
by Fiona McDonald.
Sky Pony Press, 2012.
This graphic novel isn't terribly scary, but it is definitely suspenseful and interesting. One evening, a star explodes, and a tiny spark flies through the roof of an old abandoned house, and lands on the forehead of an old forgotten doll. The doll comes to life, but in a see-through, ghostly shape. An old cat, Jasper, is there, and offers to help her escape the attic, as the house is scheduled for demolition the next day. Jasper and the Ghost Doll wander the streets, looking for shelter (for her) and food (for him). Meanwhile, a very creepy doctor and his army of pumped-up rats are on the hunt for the stardust, and it's up to Jasper and his alley cat friends to save the day. A very different sort of read, but I liked it!
|The Doll Graveyard by Lois Ruby.|
As far as stuff to watch goes: I'm not sure if you can view it outside of the US - there is no YouTube link - but the girls have been watching Nickelodeon's Deadtime Stories on Amazon Prime.Instant. It's kind of the modern version of Are You Afraid of the Dark?, and they've watched all the episodes of that that are available. (They've also watched some episodes of Goosebumps and RL Stine's The Haunting Hour on Netflix, but I had to put a stop to it. The episodes were causing sleep problems for Little Sis!) Anway, episode one of Deadtime Stories is called "Grave Secrets," and has to do with a creepy doll, buried in a backyard. (Shades of The Doll in the Garden...) The full episode is posted on the Nick website, and it's on Amazon. The girls love it. Apparently, the show is based on a book series, and there is a book for this one, also called "Grave Secrets." I should check those out someday.
Oh, and if you want to read something scary-fun, check out the real story behind the movie Annabelle. Considering the number of Raggedy Ann dolls in my house, I think the original story seems much scarier!
Last, I thought I'd leave with a sneak peek at Little Sis's birthday present. Her birthday is Saturday, All Saints' Day - the day after Halloween. For over a year now, her dream has been to own a Little Miss No Name doll. How on earth did a child born in 2007 ever find out about Little Miss No Name, a strange doll from 1965, you ask?
Well, Little Sis loves to sit on my lap and look at old doll photos on the computer. Antique bisque and china dolls, like the ones at the top of this post. DyDee Babies from the 1930s. (The wetting mechanism eroded the composition, so few of these dolls are in decent shape today.) After a friend of ours compared photos of non-smiling Little Sis to the Big Eye paintings of the 1960s, we found ourselves looking at photos of dolls inspired by Margaret Keane and her contemporaries: Blythe, Susie Sad Eyes, Lonely Lisa, Love Me Linda, and Little Miss No Name.
Little Miss No Name also made appearances on Modern Kiddo and Babble.
So I'd been checking eBay off and on for a year, trying to get a hold of a Little Miss No Name that was not astronomically priced, and lo and behold, I finally managed to win one!
Not gonna lie. She creeped me out.
She's much larger than I expected, and those eyes? Utterly ginormous. But she was clean! No bad smells.
Okay, that may have been an original tear, but it had to go. The peg had broken off into the hole under her eye, and someone had glued the tear down. It was gross. It looked like someone hocked a loogie on her face. I was worried about marring her, but I lucked out. I used a flat pocket knife to dig out the peg, and the tear popped right off.
Big Sis and I gave her a bath, and I worked with her hair as much as I could. I'm not sure what else I can do.
Her dress is rather orange, while it shows up as brown in every picture I've seen. I'm thinking it might be a replica. They sell replica tears and headbands on eBay, so I may buy some down the road.
Mabel was unfazed by Little Miss No Name.
Here she is, begging on the front porch. Poor Little Miss No Name. Someone is going to be thrilled to meet her, this weekend.
Doesn't she look perfect among the pumpkins, though?
Note: The photos of the china and bisque porcelain dolls were taken at the Dorothea B. Hoover Historical Museum, Joplin Museum Complex, Joplin, MO. A fabulous place to visit, should you ever find yourself in southwest Missouri!