July 28, 2022
“Hi, I’m Chucky. Wanna play?” There are some things in life that require a double take. For Kendra Walden, it was seeing what appeared to be a Chucky doll come to life walking down the street in her Alabama neighborhood.
The 31-year-old, who works in Albertville, Alabama, was in a car with two other women when she first spotted a life-sized version of the murderous doll from the 1988 horror film, Child’s Play.
“I was remodeling a house in the area and me and some of my employees were headed home from that house,” Walden told Today Parents—a segment of the Today morning show on NBC-TV.
Walden said she thought she was hallucinating. “When we got closer to him we saw that it was real,” she said. “It scared the heck out of us.”
Walden told Today that everyone in the car was “screaming like little kids.”
“My brother Zack, who is a Marine, was working on this house the day before,” Walden said. “His biggest fear in the entire world is Chucky so he would have died on the spot.”
Walden said her employee driving the car, Alexis Atchley, turned around so everyone could get a closer look.
“When we circled back around [the boy] had his mask off, but quickly popped it back on and crossed the street after we passed,” Walden told Today. “We turned around again and that’s when we got the photos.”
Walden uploaded three photos to her Facebook page of the encounter.
“Dear Parents of the little boy in the chucky costume in Pinson,” Walden captioned the photos. “GET YOUR KID….I almost had a heart attack.”
Walden said her social post, which has garnered more than 51,000 likes and 105,000 shares, was “just for fun” and she did not expect it to go viral.
“At first it was private and then a friend asked to make it public and after that it’s been crazy,” she said. “I can rarely check my notifications because so many are on the Chucky post. I’ve had so many people reach out about people sharing it and such.”
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