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Scary Toys from Childhood

We were talking about toys that could give you nightmares, and suddenly an image of a Koosa popped into my brain.  I’m not talking about the stuffed zucchini dish.  I’m talking about the Cabbage Patch Kid/animal hybrids that haunted the 80s.

Up until this week, I had completely forgotten about the existence of Koosas.  I apologize if YOU also had cleared your mind of Koosas and I’m now stuffing them back in your brain by writing about them.

Anyway, we had one that was like… half wolf, half boy… It’s like South Park’s Man Bear Pig, only with less blood and more loops of yarn hair.

I don’t remember how Koosas fit into the larger Cabbage Patch Kid universe. I kept it on the shelf across from my bed, but I needed to tuck it behind other toys so its unblinking eyes didn’t stare at me while I tried to fall asleep.

What was your scariest toy from childhood?


1 Jodi { 01.23.18 at 8:14 am }

I think it was supposed to be the pet for cabbage patch kids but largely it was so boys would want something.

2 Cristy { 01.23.18 at 8:56 am }

How did I miss this!?!? Your description reminds me of Garbage Pail kids (those frighten me).

3 a { 01.23.18 at 9:11 am }

I never had any toys I found frightening. Of course, I was not really scared of much when I was a kid.

4 Raven { 01.23.18 at 9:53 am }


They had this tendency to wake up in the middle of the night or when the house was all dark and you were watching a scary movie and make noise…thus causing you to either shit yourself or just die of fear. They still make me shudder!

5 Sharon { 01.23.18 at 12:51 pm }

I never owned a toy that I would consider scary, and I avoided the whole Cabbage Patch craze completely somehow. I did, however, have some Wizard of Oz sheets that I loved. . . except that the face of the Wicked Witch of the West was coincidentally next to mine. So I would generally put them on the bed with the pattern upside down to avoid this situation. 🙂

6 Suzannacatherine { 01.23.18 at 4:32 pm }

No scary toys from childhood but the flying monkeys in the Wizard of Oz still creep me out.

7 Jess { 01.23.18 at 9:49 pm }

Oh, wow, I don’t think I was made aware of Koosas. Cabbage Patch Kids themselves are a little creepy, although I had one. You cracked me up with the Man Bear Pig comparison!

Okay, so I had a 3 foot tall antique china doll named Christiana Wilhelmina. She had a soft body, a china head, moving eyes, and real human hair. I put her in a little chair I had, and she sat there looking pretty (or creepy, depending on the lighting). One night I woke up to a PING sound, and when I looked up from my bed I saw CHRISTIANA WILHELMINA’S EYES ROLL BACK AND SINK INTO HER SKULL!!! The rubber bands that moved the eyes open and closed were so old they deteriorated, and they snapped, so that her eyeballs fell inside her head. I’m pretty sure I screamed bloody murder, and shoved her in a closet, and did not enjoy dolls thereafter. And never will watch any doll-related horror films like Annabelle….

8 loribeth { 01.30.18 at 2:24 pm }

This must be a generational thing, because I don’t remember any toys that were specifically designed to be scary or creepy when I was a kid. And (cough cough) Cabbage Patch Kids weren’t a thing until I was in university. I do remember scary TV shows, though (although they weren’t anywhere near as gory as some shows are these days). “The Twilight Zone” and “Rod Serling’s Night Gallery” terrified me .

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