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Toddler and person-shaped balloon


The toddler came home from his grandparents place with this creepy person-shaped balloon a couple of days ago.

Aside from it moving by itself throughout the house at all hours (I am not kidding), the toddler insists on holding onto it frequently. Example above: watching TV and hanging out with Creepy-Big-Head-Person-Balloon.

It’s watching me.

Creepy balloon

Someone save me! Anyone?

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Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • March 7, 2012 Rivki

    oh my, that is totally creepy. My husband agrees. Maybe it should get “lost?” I’ve disappeared more than one balloon in my day, but none were as creepy as that! Next nap time – do it!
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    • March 7, 2012 Alison

      I’ve ‘disappeared’a few things too! But I’m kinda having fun with Creepy Balloon – by freaking my husband out haha!

  • March 7, 2012 Emmy

    I have had numerous wandering balloons freak me out- and those are just the normal ones. Maybe freaky baby balloon will just Happen to pop in the night.
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    • March 7, 2012 Alison

      This one is particularly scary isn’t it? Even the idea of popping it creeps me out – it’d be like ‘killing’ something!

  • March 7, 2012 Natalie

    That would creep me out too! They should not make balloon like that!
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    • March 7, 2012 Alison

      I know! Whose insane idea was it??

  • March 7, 2012 Kelley

    Haha!! That IS freaky! It made me laugh.
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    • March 7, 2012 Alison

      Glad it did! πŸ™‚

  • March 7, 2012 By Word of Mouth Musings

    We have ‘lost’ a few things over the years πŸ˜‰
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    • March 7, 2012 Alison

      Oh Nicole, I imagine you have πŸ˜‰

  • March 7, 2012 Kristi

    Holy crap on a cracker! I hate balloons and clowns. That thing would put me in therapy every day it’s alive.

    Pop it. Pop it now.
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    • March 7, 2012 Alison

      Hee! Popping it is going to be like ‘killing’ it wouldn’t it? Seeing as it’s human shaped and all. Sort of.

  • March 7, 2012 Galit Breen

    It’s definitely watching you. πŸ™‚

    (Creepy, for sure!)
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    • March 7, 2012 Alison

      Eeek! NO!

  • March 7, 2012 Tonya

    Um, yeah. That is creepy. Where do grandparents find this stuff?
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    • March 7, 2012 Alison

      I wish I knew! I hope they didn’t buy it.

  • March 7, 2012 Stasha

    Agreed-freaky! Also your 30 weeks photo-gorgeous!!
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    • March 7, 2012 Alison

      Thank you! I haven’t updated my Tumblr blog in a week!

  • March 7, 2012 Kimberly

    Sending you a pin from Canada πŸ˜‰
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    • March 7, 2012 Alison

      I’m waiting for it. Eagerly.

  • March 7, 2012 Elaine

    That’s just WRONG. I’d be totally creeped out too!
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    • March 7, 2012 Alison

      I know, I have the heebie jeebies!

  • March 7, 2012 heidi

    Oh, this made me laugh! Like, really laugh. I love the creepy big head balloon and love that your boy hung on to it all day as it watched you.
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    • March 7, 2012 Alison

      Heh, glad it made you laugh!! That ‘thing’ is looking at me right now.

  • March 7, 2012 Amanda

    Yeah, that’s totally creepy!

    • March 7, 2012 Alison

      Heebie jeebies and all, right?

  • March 7, 2012 Tammi

    Yeah, it is kind of freaky but at least your son is not freaked out about it! It is funny what our kids like sometimes!
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    • March 7, 2012 Alison

      He kinda loves it, gah!

  • March 7, 2012 Kimberly

    Seriously?!? That thing looks like Diego on crack. That’s creepy.
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    • March 7, 2012 Alison

      Right??? HELP!

  • March 7, 2012 Christine

    Ha ha ha! Those pictures made me laugh out loud. Why do they always come home from the grandparents with weird stuff? I agree with everyone else – it needs to accidentally bump into a pin.
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    • March 7, 2012 Alison

      Because the grandparents don’t have to live with these weird stuff!!

  • March 7, 2012 Ann

    That is SO funny! I don’t know if it would make me freak out, but the photo of it peeking over the couch really, REALLY sets the mood! I can practically hear Alfred Hitchcock’s theme song playing!
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    • March 7, 2012 Alison

      Right????? Help meeeeee…..

  • March 7, 2012 Maureen

    Hahahaha OMG Upin & Ipin? Yeah, that looks freaky for sure!
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    • March 7, 2012 Alison

      It’s actually some character?????

      • March 7, 2012 Maureen

        It sure is Alison hahaha…here’s a link to the video It’s actually a Malaysian cartoon show and well, here it became so popular. My boy doesn’t like watching them tho’.
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        • March 7, 2012 Alison

          See, this is why I don’t (or let my boy) watch Malaysian cartoons πŸ™‚

  • March 7, 2012 Mirjam

    Hahahaha! Grandparents just don’t get it!
    My mother once brought a huge Dora balloon for my daughter. Hated it.
    Be patience, eventually it will have a little tiny hole, and then you can sadly say your goodbyes.
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    • March 7, 2012 Alison

      You mean happily πŸ™‚

  • March 7, 2012 Kiddothings

    Hahah!! I believe that’s Ipin (since he has an ‘i’ on his singlet) πŸ˜€

    • March 7, 2012 Alison

      Who the heck is Ipin???

  • I’m with you – that is seriously (but funnily) freaky! Isn’t it funny the things kids take to?
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    • March 7, 2012 Alison

      It totally is!

  • March 7, 2012 Lola

    Love it! I hope it’s silent as it creeps through your house! That just adds to its charm! Do you find it hovering over your bed when you wake up in the morning? If only it could speak! Where can I get one????
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    • March 7, 2012 Alison

      Fortunately it hasn’t learned to open doors. OMG if it could speak, I would die. I’ll ask my in laws where they obtained Mr Creepy. Just for you.

  • March 7, 2012 tracy

    OMG I now know what to send you on your birthday!
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    • March 7, 2012 Alison

      OMG NOOOOOO!!!!!!

  • March 7, 2012 Kristen

    The only thing freakier than this guy would be a clown balloon floating through my house. They terrify me! Are you sure this guy can’t float by something sharp πŸ˜‰
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    • March 7, 2012 Alison

      I am actually considering leaving it outside a neighbor’s door just for laughs. I’m going to hell aren’t I? πŸ™‚

  • March 7, 2012 Kir

    We’ve had balloons in our house since January (lots of birthdays) and I hate how we come home and hear ithem upstairs caught in ceiling fans (scared the crap out of me more than once). However a “little boy” balloon is a little creepy (ok a lot LOL) . Plus it’s spying on you! I think a well place pin prick hole is in order (slow leak) xoxoxo

    • March 7, 2012 Alison

      It’s totally spying on me. Yup, it’s gotta go!!

  • March 7, 2012 Jackie

    The balloons that we had for my sons birthday in January have finally disappeared. I couldn’t believe how long they stayed afloat!

    And yea…. that balloon is creepy.

    • March 7, 2012 Alison

      How do they last that long???

  • March 7, 2012 JDaniel4's Mom

    Running into him at night would be really scary!
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    • March 7, 2012 Alison

      That’s what my husband said!!

  • March 7, 2012 Barbara

    THis would freak me out too!!
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    • March 7, 2012 Alison

      Glad I’m not alone!

  • March 7, 2012 Stacy Uncorked

    AHAHAHAHA! That is creepy – and funny! πŸ™‚
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    • March 7, 2012 Alison

      Hee hee! πŸ™‚

  • March 7, 2012 Mark

    Take a pin to him!

    • March 7, 2012 Alison

      Wouldn’t that be like, er, ‘killing’ it? I don’t even want to go near that thing.

  • March 8, 2012 Devan

    seriously, yes that would freak me RIGHT out… looks fun though πŸ™‚
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    • March 8, 2012 Alison

      Fun for the toddler, yes!

  • March 8, 2012 Kate

    Don’t laugh, but mylar balloons in general freak me out, and whenever my kids obtain one they “mysteriously” disappear when they aren’t home. This guy would have to go-it creeps me out just looking at it! POP-oops! πŸ˜‰

    • March 8, 2012 Alison

      I think they’re designed to freak parents out!

  • March 8, 2012 Anna

    we used to have a talking dora toy that was in the basement and would sometimes chat on her own – coming up to us as a disembodied voice from below.

    all just to say, i feel your creepy.
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    • March 8, 2012 Alison

      OMG a talking toy would absolutely freak me out!

  • March 8, 2012 Ado

    Hahahahaahaa! It is too SO CREEPY!
    But omg, you have given me a belly laugh.
    Thank you for that.
    I hope you got Creepy Man out of your house? Or did Monkey want to sleep with him? This is priceless Alison, PRICELESS!
    Good God, where did the grandparents FIND such a weird lookin’ balloon??
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    • March 8, 2012 Alison

      Thank goodness he doesn’t want to sleep with that thing. *shudder* I have no idea where his grandparents obtained that horror but I have a good mind to send Monkey there with Creepy Balloon this weekend!

  • March 8, 2012 Kristin

    Holy hell, that’s creepy! Why, WHY did they give that to him???

    Although I’m laughing at the picture of him hanging out with it just watching TV… and at the thought of it floating around your house all night. πŸ™‚
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    • March 8, 2012 Alison

      I haven’t had any idea why would think it was a good idea to 1) get that thing 2) give it to him.

      The thought of it floating around my house at night is keeping me in my room til morning. A good prevention for midnight snacking πŸ™‚

  • March 8, 2012 Julia

    This balloon is super creepy! I hope it “accidentally” goes away soon!
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    • March 8, 2012 Alison

      Me too!! (I better do something about it soon)

  • March 8, 2012 Katie E

    Well, it is creepy. I don’t understand the things kids latch on to sometimes! My middle girl is currently obsessed with a mushroom shaped eraser, nicknamed Mushy, short for Mushina. She’s built it a room in one of her drawers and is taking it everywhere. But it’s only weird, not creepy.
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    • March 8, 2012 Alison

      Hahaha, that’s funny πŸ™‚

  • March 8, 2012 Jaime

    That is super creepy. I think I would have it “accidently” pop.

    • March 8, 2012 Alison

      I do believe that is the general consensus πŸ™‚

  • March 8, 2012 Jessica

    Oh, that is freaky. Even in broad daylight that’s freaky. I agree with Jaime, I’d definitely have to “accidentally” pop that to avoid nightmares. lol.
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    • March 8, 2012 Alison

      I am already having nightmares!

  • March 8, 2012 Paulette

    I concur it is creepy! I’d help if I could but I find my sudden need to hide is hindering me.

    You just know the grandparents are laughing it up.
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    • March 8, 2012 Alison

      I know, right??? Gah.

  • March 8, 2012 Not a Perfect Mom

    that’s the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen…
    though I would use it to scare the crap out of the hubs at night
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    • March 8, 2012 Alison

      Hahahahaha!! Yes, yes, you would.

  • March 8, 2012 Melinda

    ewww, i don’t like that either
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    • March 8, 2012 Alison

      I honestly don’t know who under the age of 3 would!

  • March 8, 2012 Jessica

    One word… POP.
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    • March 8, 2012 Alison

      One word – WORD.

  • March 8, 2012 MommaKiss

    I’ve got 30 or 40 spit balls I could toss at that thing. Because that ain’t right.
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    • March 8, 2012 Alison

      Send them. Send them now.

  • March 8, 2012 My Inner Chick

    Mama A,
    that ugly thing reminds me of one of those creepy Chucky Dolls.

    & I haaaate clowns, too πŸ™‚ Xx
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    • March 8, 2012 Alison

      Oh, me too!

  • March 8, 2012 Life As Wife

    That is quiet possibly the scariest balloon I have ever seen.

    Maybe it’ll accidentally pop itself?
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    • March 8, 2012 Alison

      I hope so. For me to pop it, it’d be like, er, “killing it”?

  • March 8, 2012 Janice

    That would totally freak me out too. Especially in the wee hours of the morning when I go downstairs to the kitchen for a snack….
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    • March 8, 2012 Alison

      It works well to prevent midnight snacking!

  • March 8, 2012 Mrs. Weber

    OMG, YES! That thing is freaky. Worst part? Those darn helium balloons last FOREVER. We finally just stabbed one to deflate it after it was “alive” for a month (and driving me crazy).

    Hold on tight, creepy boy may be sticking around awhile!
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    • March 8, 2012 Alison

      Oh crap. I might just have to put a pin to it…..

  • March 8, 2012 angela

    Ok, so I will admit I was laughing. Then I thought about if it was in my house, hanging out in our living room. And how loudly I would scream if I forgot about it and came downstairs in the dark.

    I hope it deflates soon.
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    • March 8, 2012 Alison

      Me too!!! It’s watching me!

  • March 8, 2012 Andie

    And the string looks like it is tied to his pee pee… Yes creepy.

    • March 8, 2012 Alison

      Hahaha yes it does look that way!

  • March 8, 2012 Rach (DonutsMama)

    That? Is extremely creepy. I wouldn’t want it in my house either.
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    • March 8, 2012 Alison

      Help me!

  • March 8, 2012 Marta

    Definitely, definitely creepy. I feel like its going to haunt me in my dreams now.
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    • March 8, 2012 Alison

      Oops, sorry πŸ™‚

  • March 8, 2012 Tomekha

    No – really. Why would anyone make a balloon like that? #socreepy

    • March 8, 2012 Alison

      I wish I knew!

  • Put it in your husbands closet and scare the hell out of him when he opens it. Mwahahahahaha!
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    • March 8, 2012 Alison

      Hahahahaha!!! BRILLIANT idea!

  • March 8, 2012 Lance

    when your baby isn’t watching a pin needs to go into the head of that freak balloon….justsaying

    btw…i followed you on the twitter. If you want to complete the stalking circle, it’s your call. I’ve never been in prison…in this country.
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    • March 8, 2012 Alison

      Believe me when I say – my fantasy now is to kill that thing.

      The circle is complete by the way! Good to know about the prison thing.

  • March 8, 2012 Twisted Domestic Goddess

    OH MY GOODNESS!!!That balloon reminds me of the giant floating baby head on Phineas and Ferb…I think I would sneak that balloon away from my kiddo and ever so secretly pop it and put it out of it’s misery…you know because I’m such a nice mom like that.

    • March 9, 2012 Alison

      Haha! Believe me, I’ve been entertaining equally evil thoughts…

  • March 8, 2012 Bridget

    Yeah…that freaks me out too. Scary.
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  • March 8, 2012 Cassie

    That is the most unattractive “children’s balloon” I’ve ever seen. Where on earth do you find something like that?! I would have to get a tiny needle out and poke it so that he would deflate faster. I would probably loose sleep with that thing in my house! You’re so brave!
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    • March 9, 2012 Alison

      I wish I knew where the grandparents obtained such a monstrosity!

  • THAT is just about the creepiest thing ever. You need to, as my mom used to say, “disappear” that thing.

    I might see it in my dreams now.
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    • March 9, 2012 Alison

      Heebie jeebies and all right?

  • March 9, 2012 Lady Jennie

    I’m busting a gut laughing at your post. πŸ™‚

    • March 9, 2012 Alison

      Glad to have made you laugh!

  • March 9, 2012 Leah aka FFPMaMMa

    So Love it! The post…not the balloon. It is creepy, but some must really like it or else it would be out of production! I say it needs to die a slow death…death by one small prick. No one would even see it. Throw away the pin so no evidence with your print on it.
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    • March 9, 2012 Alison

      Very sneaky – I like it!

  • March 9, 2012 Kiran (Masala Chica)

    I’m so sorry, Alison! I’d like to say it’s not all that bad but my god that thing is scarier than the clown in “Poltergeist.” I would be scared to have that thing anywhere in my house.

    Your son is beautiful, by the way!
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    • March 9, 2012 Alison

      It’s still watching me! Help! (and thank you!)

  • March 10, 2012 Alexandra

    Oh my gosh…MAKE IT DISAPPEAR!!
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    • March 10, 2012 Alison

      I have yet to do so. Aren’t I brave?

  • March 11, 2012 Robin

    GAH! That is seriously freaky. Did you accidentally deflate it in the night?

    • March 11, 2012 Alison

      All will be revealed soon! πŸ™‚

  • March 11, 2012 Asianmommy

    Haha! That is weird. I would put it in the other room and close the door.
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  • March 12, 2012 Leighann

    That is the creepiest balloon I’ve ever seen!!
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  • March 15, 2012 Leslie

    So many kids things are freaky…we have a potty seat that sings when T uses it. That wouldn’t be so freaky if it didn’t keep going off during all hours of the night!
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    • March 15, 2012 Alison

      A singing potty would freak me out!

  • March 15, 2012 Just Jennifer

    Alison, have you noticed that it looks like the balloon has a thingy and is peeing? My husband cracked up!
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  • March 15, 2012 Alison

    Um, yes, yes I did notice. *gulp*

  • March 17, 2012 Jamie

    I hope that I’m late enough that this creepy man has slowly deflated… and if not then why have you not punctured a hole in him?
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    • March 17, 2012 Alison

      The tale of the freaky balloon will be revealed in its entirety on Monday….. πŸ™‚

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