Nightgowns… Horror’s ultimate clothing item

I was babysitting my niece for a weekend two months ago, because I try to be a decent Uncle, and was slightly unnerved to see what she wore for bed. After watching a number of possessed children spew vomit or talk to demonic imaginary friends, I was startled to see her wear a Minnie Mouse nightgown. The kind that any other soon to be haunted child that’d  you see in the latest horror movie would be wearing. Even laughing and twirling to the latest Kidz Bop video on YouTube become something out of The Conjuring or Paranormal Activity, minus the huge houses that hauntings in movies need to occur in. And so it inspired me to create rundown of some of horrors most recent creepy little girls, all who donned a clothing item that I thought died out a long time ago…

Janet in The Conjuring 2


One of the most recent examples of a creepy child, whenever Janet wore this red nightgown it seemingly drove the supernatural entities in her house into super mega evil overdrive. No amount of string or chords keep could her from flying around the room.

Leila in Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension


The final creepy child to be created from this highly successful franchise is arguably the scariest. As soon as she switched from her colorful PJs to this white nightgown hell, as it always does in these films, broke loose.

Annabelle in Annabelle


Perhaps I am cheating here since the 7 year old apparition of deceased satanist Annabelle is technically wearing an ominous white dress that you would see at a baptism of sorts. But the look nonetheless still rings the same terror as the rest!

Kristy and Katie in Paranormal Activity 3/The Marked Ones/The Ghost Dimension


This pair of sisters go through a number of hellish events throughout their lives in this iconic found footage franchise. With the strange power of witchcraft, time travel, and other bizarre and convoluted aspects that this series came to incorporate we manage to see a lot of the younger versions of Kristy and Katie. And of course both would wear nightgowns to match their demonic eyes.

Vivian in Dawn of the Dead (2004)


Sarah Polley and her boyfriend wake up to hell in the fantastic opening for this remake of the original Romero classic. Vivian successfully carried on the legacy and memory of fellow killer zombie child Karen, from the original Night of the Living Dead, as she chomps down on Polley’s boyfriend.

Samara in The Ring


Samara does have our sympathy (well at least a part of mine) since there really doesn’t seem to be a reason why she is so evil. As for as I am considered it isn’t her fault that bad things happen when she’s around, but her chilling look and inherent evil make her one of the creepiest kids both in American and Japanese horror.



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