Halloween Time: The top 15 most-shared scary ads of all time

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A zombie-child stars in a Phones4u ad — it must be Halloween ad time.
A zombie-child stars in a Phones4u ad — it must be Halloween ad time.

Halloween brings out the zombie in all of us, so sit your undead self down and enjoy a look at some spooky ads from the past -- most of them intentionally creepy, but a few (shudder!) will catch you by surprise

It's that time of year again. The nights are drawing in, temperatures are plummeting, the wind and rain are lashing at our windows, and the trees stand skeletal. Yes, autumn is here and Halloween is almost upon us.

Our colleagues at Marketing have embraced — or throttled, if you’d prefer — the spirit of All Hallows’ Eve, and in conjunction with the creepy talents of Unruly, have compiled the top 15 of the world’s scariest ads and marketing stunts of recent (and not so recent) years.

Unruly and Marketing have ranked the ads based on their number of all-time shares. The selection is also slightly subjective; otherwise there would have been a few too many zombies. And as much as we love the undead, they can get a bit tedious with all that moaning and shuffling.

Some of the following spots are scary, some silly, some inadvertently creepy (step forward Ronald McDonald with a tray stuck to his head). Others are gory, and a couple are just downright grim.

You have been warned.

So grab a cushion, and a spare pair of pants, and enjoy our list of the 15 most-shared scary ads.

1. Carrie — Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise

2,355,137 shares

2. LG — So Real, It’s Scary

590,309 shares

3. Dead Island — Official Announcement Trailer

541,452 shares

4. Dirt Devil — The Exorcist

329,968 shares

5. Snickers — Halloween Grocery Store Lady

145,557 shares

6. Remco — Baby Laugh-a-Lot

94,763 shares

7. Phones4u — Little Girl

52,138 shares

8. Autoway — Scary Japanese ad

35,455 shares

9. Axe — Hot Girl Vs. Zombie

34,186 shares

10. K-fee — Ghost Car

31,220 shares

11. PlayStation 3 — Baby

22,808 shares

12. Call of Duty: Black Ops — Zombie Labs Resurrection

21,714 shares

13. McDonald’s — Ronald McDonald’s ad debut

12,847 shares

14. Metz — Judderman

11,138 shares

15. Mini USA — Ahhhhhhhh!

4,969 shares

This article first appeared on marketingmagazine.co.uk.

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