I really loved putting together the Sweet Santa Photo Contest post.Â Now more than ever, I so appreciated seeing all the sweet babes with their wonderful holiday smiles.Â That being saidâ€¦ there is something really, really funny about Scary Santa photos.Â Iâ€™m sure Scary Santa pics arenâ€™t everyoneâ€™s cup of tea, but itâ€™s kind of a childhood right of passage, isnâ€™t it?Â Trust me â€“ I have my own Scary Santa pictures, and the 1985-version of me looks pretty damn funny as I scream in (poor, poor) Santaâ€™s face.
Iâ€™m not sure why wee ones are so freaked out by Santa â€“ maybe itâ€™s the beard, maybe itâ€™s the red suit, maybe itâ€™s just the pressure of being â€˜onâ€™ in front of the camera.Â But man, oh man â€“ does Santa elicit some major freak outs.Â Of course, Henry experienced his first Scary Santa moment last week.Â Iâ€™m hoping next year is sweeter â€“ when do kids figure out that Santa brings presents?Â I bet that will turn his frown around!
The Scary Santa photos were judged based on the following categories:Â the overall creepiness of Santa; Santaâ€™s own freaked out expression; and the oh-so-dramatic expression on the kiddoâ€™s face.
First upâ€¦ The Scary Honorable Mentions
Jillian wrote,Â â€œAt least some of us were having funâ€¦â€
Christina wrote, â€œThis is my daughter Annika when she was 2 years old, last year.Â She hated Santa that year!â€
Michaela wrote, â€œMy son James completely flipping his shit. Santa is a scary dude.â€
Erica wrote, â€œHere’s my son G, almost 9 months (how did that happen?) with his first visit to Santa today.Â He was fine until Santa tickled him to get him to smile!â€
Melissa wrote, â€œThis is Brynn, age 2. She’s 9 now and it still makes me laugh!â€
Holly wrote, â€œSam is 4 months old in this one and could not get a smile out of him!â€
Ali wrote, â€œTo say Addie’s first Santa experience was a bust would be the understatement of the year! It was hands down the most terrified she’s ever been in her life. I felt bad, but it was also incredibly hilarious.â€
Rachel wrote, â€œMy 1 year old twins were not happy with Santa.â€
Shannon wrote, â€œThis is a classic!Â 3 years later she still won’t get near any Santa.Â Poor Santa-he was really a good sport too!â€
Kelly said, â€œThis was not William’s first trip to see Santa (he’s 20 months) and it was indeed, still scary.Â I had to jump in to hold him there.â€
Megan wrote, â€œMy little Isabelle wasn’t a fan – but I still love this picture!â€
Kimberly said, â€œShe was soooo excited to see him, well, until she actually â€œsawâ€ him!â€
Casey sent in this picture of her daughter Kendall.
Jessika wrote, â€œEli met Santa for the first time last night, and he was not pleased.â€
Barb wrote, â€œHereâ€™s a picture from 1971.Â I am on the left.Â The crying baby is my sister Trish, who is 41 years old now!!!â€
Julie wrote, â€œThese are some of my most favorite pics of my daughter ever!Â She’s 13 now.Â She started off terrified of Santa but generally got better (and more serious) once she realized she needed to communicate to Santa what gifts she wanted him to bring.â€
Simi wrote, â€œShe wasn’t crying but she was frozen and not happy, she didn’t know what to do.â€
Emily wrote, â€œThis is a photo of my son, also named Henry, last year.Â We haven’t even tried this year…â€
Charity wrote, â€œHere is my 4.5 month old Alexander. He’s afraid of strangers so I’m surprised he’s not screaming but he doesn’t look to sure of what’s going on.â€
Katie said, â€œMy Dad dresses up as Santa every year for his office Breakfast with Santa, and we were trying to get a Sweet Santa picture of them gazing at each other, but got this instead!Â Oh well!â€
Elizabeth wrote, â€œMy daughter, Ashlyn is a pro!Â We told her to smile no matter what Westonâ€™s reaction was.Â Weston on the other hand was terrified!Â He, like Henry isnâ€™t afraid of strangers but I think it was a combination of the beard and him being way overstimulated by all the noise and chaos at the mall.â€
Robyn wrote, â€œThis is actually a picture of me from when I was younger. I was pretty old to be that terrified and Santa looks to be hating his life!â€
KT wrote, â€œThis is Carlyn and Leah. Leah said hi to Santa but was not happy to have to sit on his lap! Love this picture!â€
Callie shared this picture.
Courtney wrote, â€œThese are my furry kids.Â I get their photos taken every year with Santa and this is one of the best.â€
And nowâ€¦ The Scary Santa Photo Finalists
Scary Santa #1 was chosen based on the sheer scariness of this Santa.Â Rachel said, â€œI had to share this one from my childhood.Â His eyes look creepy and that fake beardâ€¦ ahh!Â Santaâ€™s have come a long way in 30 yearsâ€¦â€
Scary Santa #2 was select because of Santaâ€™s awesome â€œcome on, kidâ€ face and the baby girlâ€™s hysterical expression.Â Katherine sent this gem in!
And this is #3, our one furbaby finalist!Â Laurel wrote, â€œSo I don’t have kids, but I do have a dog. Dogma, our neighborhood dog store, does a Santa picture fundraiser each year for local animal rescue groups with a pet photographer named Jeanne Taylor. We’ve taken our dog Alice twice, and while Jeanne’s photos are gorgeous, Alice is completely freaked out by Santa.â€
Scary Santa #4 was chosen purely for Santaâ€™s expression.Â Jessica wrote, â€œI, of course, love my daughterâ€™s get-me-out-of-here cry face but Santa’s I-hate-my-life face makes me laugh more.â€
#5 earned a spot because of everyoneâ€™s silly faces.Â Kristen wrote, â€œOur brand of crazy even scares Santa.â€
Scary Santa #6 doesnâ€™t need an explanation!Â Nina said, â€œI don’t think much can top Vincent’s first meeting with Santa (although I know I’m biased). He is definitely a fan of the beard.â€
And last, but not least, Scary Santa #7 wins a spot because of the juxtaposition of the two boys.Â Hayley wrote, â€œThese are my boys last year with Santa. Anthony was 4. He’s always loved Santa. Jackson was 2, and he’s still scared of Santa, though not as bad as last year.â€
Now itâ€™s your turn to choose a winnerâ€¦Â Which Scary Santa is the most classic â€“ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7?Â Can you tell I had trouble whittling it down?!Â Iâ€™ll choose the winner on Friday.