20 Creepy Santas Who’ll Give You Nightmares Before Christmas

When he’s not delivering presents, tending to his reindeer or checking Christmas lists, Santa Claus is often popping into local department stores for pictures with children in his grotto. But sometimes Santa just isn’t at his best, and the only thing he seems to be dishing out is a sackful of “nope.”

There is absolutely no joy in this photo: neither Santa nor the dazed-looking child look happy to be there. Two questions spring to mind, then: why does Santa’s face look plastic, and why does his moustache cover the bottom half of his face?

It’s understandable as to why Santa’s visitors here are standing behind him and not sitting on his lap: they are an elderly couple after all. What isn’t clear, however, is why Santa looks like he’s been battered. Perhaps it was a fall-out with a disgruntled elf?

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What a truly terrifying mask. The smudged red cheeks along with the fixed wide eyes is a image that would haunt a child forever. Wisely, this child has his eyes fixed on the camera while Santa scours the room for his next victim.

The strange lean is one of several unsettling aspects about this little Santa, whose face is somehow whiter than his beard – and anything else on Earth, for that matter. What’s more, the guy sat next to him looks like he’s in a complete state of shock. At least their belts are aligned, though.

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It’s not good when the child sat on Santa’s lap shows so much more life than the man himself. In fact, this Santa looks borderline comatose – or maybe he’s just wearied by the thought of all those Christmas deliveries.

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Pure evil. There are no other words to describe this Santa’s get-up. Fortunately, it seems that the captured child is blissfully unaware that Santa has blood-red lips and no eyes. For the moment, at least.

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Santa is looking at the little boy while the boy is looking at the camera. The little girl, however, is a smart Christmas cookie. She isn’t having any of it and wants out. It could be Santa’s incredibly small mouth, his alarmingly red nose or that deeply menacing stare that’s to blame.

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Here, Santa looks like he has a Venetian mask stuck to his face. Just check out those massive eyebrows and what looks like a beak for a nose. Strangely, the kid looks positively thrilled, but his look might actually just be one of confusion at the strange toy that he’s been given.

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Why does this Santa look so terrified? Indeed, whatever is scaring him so much, it looks like the little girl can see it too. Credit where credit is due, though, that beard is actually a winner.

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It’s perhaps the grasping hands that are the most concerning aspects of this Santa snapshot. Maybe someone has had too much alcoholic eggnog and is in need of a snooze, or maybe Santa’s just hanging on to stay upright. Nice bling, though.

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Surely this is some sort of prank. Why is Santa’s entire face red? This looks more like a cult member’s mask than that of a friendly Christmas figure. And on top of that, the suit is in dire need of a clean. Just look at those cuffs!

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Here, we’re reminded of the little girl from the movie Matilda. Doesn’t she look similar? Although Santa looks vaguely menacing, this young girl doesn’t seem too impressed. Indeed, she’s too busy finishing off some sort of snack.

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Anyone who poses for a photo by rolling their eyes back shouldn’t be trusted. But what’s worse is when that person is donning a Santa Claus outfit. Is he wearing red eye makeup to make him look that little bit more menacing? He looks possessed – and not by the Christmas spirit.

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Everyone seems to be happy here, but we wouldn’t truly know because of the thick, grey mask covering the man’s face. What’s more, he looks like he’s wearing a mane as opposed to a realistic hair-do. Given the rather feminine watch, however, it may well be a woman.

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No wonder the young boy looks confused. He’s got no idea who or what this person is supposed to be. Indeed, the massive beard and hat leave just enough room for a slit, revealing some suspicious-looking eyes. What’s this Santa hiding?

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Santa? Yes! The clown? Nope. What’s with the two giant lines on the clown’s bald head? Something tells us that one relative still wanted to impress the kids and dress up in whatever he could find. But there is such a thing as trying too hard, you know.

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Either the costume person was having some fun with this man, or this Santa has a serious growth hormone problem. Here, it seems as if Santa has the ability to grow a beard around his cheeks, forehead and eyes. But oddly enough, his nose is fine.

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It doesn’t get much more unsettling than this. Two of the young boys are holding toy handcuffs as presents and every child is wearing some shade of blue. Santa, not to be outdone, has done the same and put on some bizarre eye shadow. Of course he has.

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There’s a hint of Al Pacino in this Santa Claus. Perhaps he was preparing for an early movie role? Whoever he is, he doesn’t look too keen to give that present away, and we certainly don’t want to say hello to this guy’s little friend.

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The Santa here is staring down into the lens like it’s a police mug shot. Meanwhile, the girl looks a touch bewildered at the sight of the camera. Indeed, the image looks more like a hostage situation than a winterland grotto scene.

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