The skeleton, named Benny by the toddler, joins them on grocery store runs, car rides, trips to the beach - pretty much anywhere the youngster goes.
If there ever was a time to keep your friends close, 2020 is it. However, as fate would have it, this has also been the year we have been forced to stay apart from most — if not all — of our loved ones for extended periods of time. While we turned to platforms like Zoom to fill this gap, 2-year-old Theo found himself a slightly unusual new pal to keep him company through quarantine and accompany him on his adventures. The adorable toddler befriended a 5-foot-tall skeleton that he found in his basement and now the pair is making a splash on the internet as the cutest BFFs of all time.
"I purchased the skeleton a few years ago to put on my porch," Theo's mom Abigail Brady told POPSUGAR. "When Theo was 1-year-old last Halloween, he liked the skeleton and would give it high fives and loved having it close to him. A few weeks ago, I was down in the basement cleaning up some minor flooding and he found it. He insisted on taking it with him to play at the reservoir and refused to get out of the car without it."
Speaking to Good Morning America, Brady explained that she finally decided not to worry about the strange looks they might get from others in public. "I said, 'You know what? We're going to make memories and we're going to have fun.'"
Fast forward to now and the classic Halloween decoration — which Theo named Benny — has become a member of their family. The pals do everything together with Benny even joining them on grocery store runs, car rides, trips to the beach, and pretty much anywhere the toddler goes.
"The skeleton also sits in his rocking chair as he sleeps," Brady revealed. "It's a little creepy. But he likes it." She has been documenting the unlikely duo's adventures on social media where Theo and Benny quickly became a huge hit.
"2020 has been probably one of the craziest years in a while and I know it has brought a lot of people a lot of turmoil and a lot of hardship. My hope is that this can just spread some happiness. Even if it makes someone’s day for a couple of minutes, that makes me so happy," Brady told TODAY.
Given everything that's going on in the world right now, the 27-year-old understands why her son formed such a strong bond with Benny. "I think quarantine has been really hard on Theo," she said. "Prior to the pandemic, we did weekly playdates. But once we had to social distance, we had to stop those playdates. I think the skeleton helps to fill that void."
While Theo has recently been less adamant about bringing Benny with him every time they leave the house, he does demand that his skeleton pal sit in his bedroom throughout the night. Brady revealed that when she tried removing her son's bony companion from the room, the toddler "was like, 'Skeleton! Skeleton!' So I put the skeleton back in his room and he just sits on his rocking chair while Theo sleeps. (Theo) loves to give Benny knuckles and high fives and he pokes him in the ribs. It's cute."
The Bradys plan on dressing up in Nightmare Before Christmas-themed costumes this Halloween with Benny following them in a pull-wagon. "My biggest thing is just helping to make people smile," said Brady. "A lot of people just love it."