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Freaky the Snowman Pranks Holiday Shoppers (Video)

In a quirky twist on a classic Christmas tradition, Freaky, the evil twin of Frosty the snowman, scares the sugarplums out of unsuspecting shoppers.

Freaky, a man dressed up in a snowman costume, stands motionless, so people think he is merely a large and festive decoration on the street, but then he lurches forward as passersby come near.  The reactions are hilarious, as you can see for yourself above.

On Facebook, Jay Lichtenberger, one of the Scary Snowman masterminds, describes the process:

There are many factors that go into making this prank happen. First thing we (me and Brian) have to do is find a decent spot to park to setup the camera where there will be nothing blocking the view. After we find a spot I place the wireless mic and snowman cam (Kodak zi8) in the head. Then I go ahead and put a fresh carrot on. At this point I call Brian’s cell phone and through a bluetooth earpiece Brian and I can communicate. Next I take the bottom part of the costume and help Brian get into it. After that I place the head on. Brain gets into position and I recheck the camera and audio levels to be sure everything is framed up and sounding good.

Brian’s hearing and sight are limited, so when a person is coming from behind I can tell him what is going on and when to turn, or not to turn depending on the person. We trust our great judge of character when choosing who to make a move on. [Let's] be real, we do not want anyone to have a heart attack on our behalf. After we get a great reaction I chase the person down to ask permission to put them in the video. Sometimes while this is happening Brian has already scared someone else and I miss the chance to get that person’s permission. So you may see some blurred faces here and there.

Freaky was in Boston this year, but in previous years he has made appearances in New York City and on the Jersey Shore.

Freaky, not surprisingly, now has his own YouTube channel (over 90 million views) and  a Facebook page.


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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.


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1:06PM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

I don't like stuff like that, sorry. There are too many weird things that go on when walking around city streets.

6:51AM PST on Feb 9, 2014


9:54PM PST on Jan 21, 2014

This doesn't belong on care2.

2:03PM PST on Jan 20, 2014

Love videos like this. Gives me a good laugh.

8:11AM PST on Jan 16, 2014


1:20AM PST on Jan 12, 2014


12:02AM PST on Jan 10, 2014

How funny! Love all that I could watch. it wouldn't let me subscribe.
It's funny how most people laugh after a good scar. Why is that?

2:03AM PST on Jan 9, 2014

I liked the piano video which was uplifting rather than just scaring people.

6:18PM PST on Jan 8, 2014

soooo funny!!!!!

6:58PM PST on Dec 29, 2013


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