Buying a Christmas gift for a toddler can be tricky. But mum Hilary Hard figured she had it sorted when she discovered “Yellies”. 

It’s a sorta-cute, fluffy spider that moves to the sound of screaming. And Hilary figured it would entertain her energetic little one, Leo, for hours and hours on end.

Except Hilary forgot about one thing – spiders can be terrifying when you’re a toddler. And so can toys that move. Especially voice-activated ones that spin uncontrollably, light up and chase you around the house. Which is exactly what these Yellies do.

The gift that keeps on giving

The Alabama mum, 22, shared her “massive mum-fail” on social media, explaining that she was sure she had hit the Christmas present jackpot this year thanks to her brilliant Amazon find. (Psssst. Here’s a hot tip. You can find them here in Oz for half price at Woolies. You’re welcome).

“Let me share with y’all a massive mom fail I experienced tonight. So about a week ago, I noticed this toy for sale on Amazon. They’re called “Yellies” and the whole concept is that the louder you yell at it, the faster it goes. Being the mother of a naturally loud and boisterous kid, I thought it would be the perfect Christmas present…” Hilary writes.

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Hilary found th fluffy scream-activated spider on Amazon

A glowing spider that will hunt you down when you scream. FUN! 

“I couldn’t wait for Christmas. So I crack it open tonight, and get a good look at it. I test it out. I’m amazed at how powerful the little motor is… how fast the little legs move… how its creepy little eyes glow a lovely shade of radioactive green,” Hilary admits on her now-viral Facebook post.

Then she calls her son, Leo in. And that’s when the real ‘fun’ begins.

“He looks at it, cocks his little head to the side. And then, obviously, I yelled at it. The spider ran for it. Leo starts screaming… the louder he screams, the faster the spider pursued him. He runs. And this is when we discovered the fun little feature in which the spider has a tendency to stop abruptly… pause for a couple seconds… spin in several erratic circles… and then turn towards wherever it senses sound… and take off in that direction.”

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Leo enjoying his new friend

‘Maybe a little electronic spider whose power source feeds off of screams of terror is not the best Christmas gift for your small child’

By this time, it’s pretty clear Leo HATES this thing with a passion. And is petrified of it. But, the more he screams, the faster the spider goes, bolting in the direction of the toddler with his glowing green eyes staring him down.

“Leo is backed into a corner as murder glows green in the eyes of little “Skadoodle.” So, in short, maybe a little electronic spider thats power source feeds off of screams of terror… is not the best Christmas gift for your small child. 10 years from now we’ll be discussing this in therapy,” Hilary writes.

Hilary Hard bought scream activated spider for her son

Best present ever … or the worst?

Of course, parents are split on whether the scream-activated spider is downright hilarious – or just plain mean.

A happy ending

We’re happy to report that Leo has recovered from his ordeal – and has even made a new spider friend or two.

“Leo’s actual toy spider is not for sale, yes people have asked. But don’t worry, I’m sure yours will feed on terror and intense panic all the same 😂Thanks again, y’all,” Hilary says.

Of course, this isn’t the first toy to completely scar our kids. Check out these horrifying excuses for toys that are sure to ruin Christmas. FOREVER.

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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