So You’ve Decided to Buy a Haunted Doll

Whether you’re a collector, an artisan, or a paranormal enthusiast—if you’re looking to acquire a soul-infused doll, you’re gonna have to work for it. Haunted dolls aren’t just creepy-cool, they’re big business. Popular sites like eBay and Etsy are rife with so-called haunted dolls.

Descriptions list some of the paranormal goodies you can expect from individual dolls once you bring them into your home. These include windows and doors opening and closing on their own, animals avoiding the room the doll is in, items disappearing near the doll, or a vague feeling of unease that never lets up. Regardless, the stories of the (usually freaky) dolls’ backgrounds are an interesting read, to say the least.

Dolls are also sold with specific uses in mind—like guarding homes or people, or sellers may list the types of magic that various dolls are best suited for. One seller explains that the doll she was selling was, in fact, a powerful white witch who has informed her that it’s time to find a new home. Another claims that her doll is possessed by a psychic who continues to help people via doll magick (seen in the picture directly below). Seems legit, right? I sure hope so, since a great amount of the bidding starts at $99.99.

How do you know if the haunted doll you’re buying is actually housing a benevolent spirit? What if, instead of a kindly spirit, the doll is cursed? Unscrupulous vendors could be selling dangerous artifacts to unsuspecting collectors. Or the “haunted” dolls you buy could be ordinary plastic or ceramic figures with nothing paranormal happening at all. Aside from spending very real dollars you might never see again, one could argue that haunted doll purchases are inherently risky. You never know what you’re inviting into your home.

Perhaps the most famous haunted doll in recent memory is Annabelle. In movie form, Annabelle was hideous—definitely not something you’d give your child or lady-friend as a gift. According to the real-life legend, Annabelle Higgins’ spirit came to reside in a Raggedy Ann doll that supposedly left notes on parchment paper the residents didn’t even have, walked around by itself at night, and tried to murder several people—including famous paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. While The Warrens are well-known frauds (I’ll let Cracked explain that in more detail), they aren’t the only people who believed Annabelle was bad news.

The good news is that even haunted dolls eventually find a soul mate. Lesser known haunted dolls lurk all around us. Mafalda (image directly below), currently available via Etsy seller “Nancy’s Haunted Dolls” is touted as an “evil Italian spirit” doll. Apparently, caution is advised when purchasing Mafalda because she will take revenge on anyone you tell her to. Personally, I think asking would yield better results than telling. Still, swift and brutal revenge on a truly deserving enemy is probably worth $59.99 plus shipping, right?

Still thinking that you should buy a haunted doll? If so, consider what you want to look for. The most famous spirit-infused dolls have blonde or red hair, and have a dated, even antique look about them. They tend to wear white or pastel garments, with blue being a popular favorite. Makes sense, since chakra magick teaches us that blue is a cerebral color. With all that in mind, this poor child is probably in terrible danger.

Wednesday Lee Friday

Wednesday Lee Friday

Some of us would love to surround ourselves with purportedly haunted dolls. Other, possibly wiser folks, do their best to avoid them. I probably wouldn’t spend $100 on a doll, sight unseen, even if it did house a fascinating spirit.


What would it take for you to bring a haunted doll into your home? Have you come across any haunted objects?




Wednesday Lee Friday
Wednesday Lee Friday
Wednesday Lee Friday was born November 24th, in Royal Oak, Michigan. It was a Tuesday. After deciding against being a ballerina, an ichthyologist, and a famous singer, she decided to become a novelist just before starting kindergarten. Wednesday went to college in Olivet, Michigan where she majored in theatre and broadcasting for some reason. Wednesday Lee Friday is a four-time published novelist, podcaster, horror fan, and former phone sex gal. Wednesday eats true crime for breakfast, knows enough Dothraki to buy a horse, and is a Simpsons Superfan. Look for her novels, anthologies, and audiobooks wherever you usually buy those things.