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Sanilac County Historic Museum celebrates Halloween with creepy baby doll contest

Photo courtesy of the Sanilac County Historical Society

Port Sanilac, MI –   Ghosts, ghouls, vampires, and monsters might scare us with their fangs and snarls, but is there anything spookier than a creepy baby doll?  In honor of Halloween, the brave souls at the Sanilac County Historic Village & Museum are hosting a creepy baby doll contest (cue scary music).  

The community is invited to submit creepy baby dolls to the contest by bringing them to the Museum any Tuesday – Friday from 11am – 4pm.  To qualify for the contest, dolls must be received at the Museum before October 9.   Dolls with a high creep factor are most encouraged.  Think creepy, old dolls or newer dolls that have been artificially creeped out.  All dolls will be (gladly) returned to their owners once the contest winners are announced.

Dawn Malek, Museum administrator, says, “We have several very unsettling dolls in our collection that will be included in the contest.  These old dolls might be the stuff of nightmares today, but they weren’t initially intended to be creepy. Most are many decades old, and years of handling by little ones took their toll, causing paint to disappear and limbs to be lost.   The doll that creeps me out the most was made in 1850 and has human hair.  We look forward to sharing some of these very old and disturbing dolls in the contest.”

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The community will be invited to view the dolls during the Museum’s Haunted Village events on October 9 and 16, and at the Halloween Hullabaloo on October 23. Folks can cast a vote for their favorite (or perhaps least favorite) doll by placing a dollar bill in that doll’s corresponding jar.   All votes/donations will be used to support the Historical Society.  The doll with the most money in its jar will be deemed the creepiest in all the land.  First through third place ribbons will be awarded to the top three shiver-inducing dolls.

The Museum is located at 228 S. Ridge St. (M-25) in Port Sanilac.  More information is available by calling the office at 810.622.9946, or on the Museum’s Facebook page at “Sanilac County Historic Village & Museum”, and online at www.sanilaccountymuseum.org.

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