'I guess the moral of the story is when your 3-year-old throws a fit over absolutely needing a super creepy Halloween doll... buy the doll.'
It was love at first sight for little Briar Rose. The moment she spotted the spooky-looking baby doll wearing dirty clothes and cracks painted on its skin, the 3-year-old decided it was coming home with her. "She said, 'But I'm its mommy and it needs me!' Briar named the doll Chloe and I then immediately nicknamed her Creepy Chloe. I'm pretty sure Creepy Chloe is stealing my soul when I sleep," Briar's mother, Brittany Beard, wrote on Facebook in a now-viral post. Speaking to TODAY, the 33-year-old mother-of-two revealed that although she herself isn't a big fan of Halloween, she took her family to a Spirit Halloween store at the end of August just to browse.
Young Briar's love for the creepy doll won the internet's heart earlier this year when Beard revealed how it came in handy during their trip to Disney World. "Yesterday we went to Magic Kingdom and Briar insisted on dressing Creepy Chloe in a princess dress and bringing her along. Because creepy babies need Disney magic too I guess? So I dug out Briar's Haunted Mansion cast member dress to carry through with the theme," she wrote.
"While eating breakfast at the Grand Floridian cafe, they brought out the cast member pastry chef to meet Briar and Creepy Chloe because apparently, she loves all things spooky. She said she adored that Briar loved the doll and at the end of the meal, she surprised Briar with an amazing spooky cupcake and a mini handmade chocolate Haunted Mansion poster. It was actually really sweet!"
"Then we walked over to Magic Kingdom where Briar had a photoshoot with Creepy Chloe. The photographer was eating it up and kept coming up with posing ideas for Chloe. I'm sure it was quite an unexpected change from her usual never-ending line of glittery Bippity Boppity Boutique princesses," Beard continued. "Then we of course ventured over to the Haunted Mansion."
"There was a 50-minute wait to get on the ride but when they saw Briar, they immediately whisked her away into the secret 'Servants Quarters' where we got to see the keys to all rooms and the bells that ring to call the servants up. Then they popped us right out into the stretching room. The cast members were waiting for us when the doors opened to present us with official Haunted Mansion Caretaker certificates and to walk us right onto the ride. It was so magical!"
"So all in all, I guess the moral of the story is when your 3-year-old throws a fit over absolutely needing a super creepy Halloween doll... buy the doll. Creepy Chloe might be stealing my soul while I sleep, but we are making the best of our time left over here," she added. Beard revealed that although Briar also loves regular baby dolls, the connection was instant when the little one saw Chloe in the aisles of the store.
"I'm always having to explain myself because we're walking through the parks or swimming and people are just giving me the weirdest looks because there's Briar just walking next to me holding this super creepy doll that's dressed up," Beard said. "I just feel like I always have to explain it like, 'Oh, she fell in love with this doll at Spirit Halloween and I'm just letting her be her.'"
Although Beard is yet to change her mind about how she feels about Creepy Chloe, her husband has reportedly changed his mind despite not being a fan initially. "I talked to him this morning and he was like, 'You know, maybe it is a good lesson that you love everything no matter what it looks like,'" she said.