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Santa Scary to Kids? Santa Photo Fails Capture Kids Crying and Sad!

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Bad Santa photos

These photos of kids freaked out by Santa, either crying or just all-around sad, are proof that the Christmas icon isn’t as beloved as one might imagine.

Why so sad, guys? Many line up for the long haul to meet Santa, only to have their little one completely scared to death by the stranger in the red suit.

Of course, it’s all captured in these bad Santa photos, and while a lot of the expressions are hilarious, some of the kids’ reactions are beyond terrified.

I can’t say I blame the kids, really. Some of these mall Santas would make a grown man cry.

My kids were never particularly interested in waiting to see Santa or wanted to sit on his lap. They sat with a co-worker of mine who was dressed like Santa at a couple of holiday kid parties that my employer had, but we never endured the wait to see Santa or had the all out freak out that some of these kids experienced.

For more kid photo fail fun, check out these Awkward School Pictures!


  • Not happy 1 of 15
    Not happy
    "MOMMMYYYYY!!!"
    Photo Credit: Sun Sentinel
  • A bit of a struggle 2 of 15
    A bit of a struggle
    "Must. Break. Free."
    Photo Credit: Sun Sentinel
  • Sneaky Santa 3 of 15
    Sneaky Santa
    "I don't know about this Santa guy."
    Photo Credit: Sun Sentinel
  • Multiple disappointment 4 of 15
    Multiple disappointment
    Four times the anguish!
    Photo Credit: Sun Sentinel
  • At least one kid is happy 5 of 15
    At least one kid is happy
    Only one kid smiling in the bunch.
    Photo Credit: Sun Sentinel
  • Angry eyes 6 of 15
    Angry eyes
    Wow, that is one unhappy facial expression.
    Photo Credit: Sun Sentinel
  • Getting outta here 7 of 15
    Getting outta here
    Making a run for it!
    Photo Credit: Ellen DeGeneres Show
  • Bend over backwards to get away 8 of 15
    Bend over backwards to get away
    This kid is not having it. No way.
    Photo Credit: Ellen DeGeneres Show
  • Before and after. 9 of 15
    Before and after.
    One look at Santa = tears.
    Photo Credit: Ellen DeGeneres Show
  • On the run. 10 of 15
    On the run.
    "Get me outta here!!!"
    Photo Credit: Ellen DeGeneres Show
  • First meeting with Santa 11 of 15
    First meeting with Santa
    Horrifying.
    Photo Credit: Ellen DeGeneres Show
  • Creepy Santa 12 of 15
    Creepy Santa
    I don't blame these kids for trying to get away from this scary Santa!
    Photo Credit: Ellen DeGeneres Show
  • Hard cry 13 of 15
    Hard cry
    "If we close our eyes hard enough, maybe he'll disappear?"
    Photo Credit: Ellen DeGeneres Show
  • Babies do not love Santa 14 of 15
    Babies do not love Santa
    Santa doesn't look happy either.
    Photo Credit: MSNBC
  • Peace offering? 15 of 15
    Peace offering?
    Santa offers up a ball... not happenin', beard boy.
    Photo Credit: MSNBC

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