This Couple Who Thinks Their Baby Is Haunted Needs To Stop Watching Scary Movies

scary dollI love a good scary movie as much as the next person, and all parents want to believe that their child is extra special, but these parents who think they caught a ghost on film with their child have watched The Omen one too many times.

I was scrolling through my Twitter feed this morning when I came across this gem from the Daily Mail. Adorable one-year-old Lexi Hood was playing peek-a-boo with her parents. Like so many of us, Mom and Dad were filming the moment, because toddler playing peek-a-boo equals adorable video to watch and remind yourself why you love your children when they’ve tossed the scrambled eggs you made them directly on to the floor for the second time this week.

The Hoods claim that while innocently playing, Lexi was knocked over by a mysterious and unseen force. They also claim that after she fell, Lexi said, “Naughty Boy” as though she was reprimanding someone or something that wasn’t visible. Ever since the incident, the Hoods say they’ve have been peering into empty rooms to make sure they don’t contain supernatural house guests. Intrigued? Grab the popcorn and turn the lights off, let’s watch:

Sorry Hood family, but all I see is gravity in action. Sure, the fall looks a little odd, but having two toddlers of my own afoot, I see tumbles like this all day long. If little Lexi is being haunted, then I better go call the Ghostbusters myself. Even if Lexi is very “sturdy on her feet” as her father described her, this is the tale a little girl falling while playing. No need for a poorly produced sequel. (The Woman in Black 2? Really?)

I can’t point and laugh too hard at the Hoods though, because I think it’s somewhat common for parents to attribute odd toddler behavior to the paranormal. My own mother loves to tell me the story of how she she heard me talking alone in my bedroom as a toddler one night and how when she came into the room and asked who I was talking to I told her, “The people” and gestured to the corner of the room.

My sister gets the better scary story though– My mother lost a brother as a teenager, and my uncle was the only one who referred to my aunt Diane* by her nickname, Dee Dee. Supposedly when my aunt was leaving one day my mother turned to my little sister and said, “Say goodbye to to Aunt Diane.” And my baby sister said, “That’s not Diane, that’s DeeDee.” And then her head spun around backwards. Okay fine, it didn’t. But the rest is supposedly true.

I think all families have these personal scary stories that we share, things that get embellished over years of retelling but have a nugget of truth at the core because there are strange things that happen which truly can’t be explained. But do I think the Hoods need to call a priest or a real estate agent? No. Though I wouldn’t judge them for plugging in a night light.

*Not actually her real name, but you get the point.

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