A mascot is doing its job when it symbolizes an event or organization — even when it’s downright terrifying.
Entering its 5th edition in September, the Halifax Oyster Festival is an all-you-can-sample raw bar over the course of three tasting days in the fall, highlighting the best in Nova Scotian and Maritime oyster farming.
It also has a mascot that looks right out of a Stranger Things season.
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Twitter user @alangdon17 shared a 2019 picture of the mascot and it’s terrifying as shell. Since being shared on Sunday morning, the tweet has garnered over 150,000 likes and almost 3,000 replies.
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Aw shucks, here are some of the best reactions to the oyster mascot:
this is the mascot for the Halifax Oyster Festival and i’m absolutely terrified of it. pic.twitter.com/bBdMyBW3H6
— Amy Langdon (@alangdon17) July 24, 2022
“BE NOT AFRAID. ENJOY THE FESTIVITIES, HUMAN.” pic.twitter.com/VKbZFBaZTd
— Kangs Dominion (@BaltimoreRAS) July 24, 2022
You have shown me the stuff nightmares are made of..
I cannot stop staring at it..
It’s.. stealing my soul..
— Ella istg (@HerEllaness) July 25, 2022
Are you sure you aren’t an evil character on power rangers?
— GoodTimesandBaseball (@GoodTimesandBB) July 24, 2022
I was trying to figure out where the eye holes were and then I saw it. 💀 pic.twitter.com/KW2Xv2O4p9
— Brittany (@BrittRubinstein) July 24, 2022
As reassuring as something out of Pan’s Labyrinth. pic.twitter.com/edNaZLtaKT
— Seán McKenna (@seandsmckenna) July 24, 2022
It has a mate pic.twitter.com/OKhXscMf6m
— Eldritch Millennial (@BmoreBaker42) July 24, 2022
Is this festive sponsored by Stephen King?
— w.mitchell (@RoseMit76397707) July 24, 2022
It trapped a human soul… pic.twitter.com/PpPfmi1N9T
— Porsche_Mutt (@porsche_mutt) July 25, 2022
holy mother of god! before I read your tweet I thought it was a horror genre convention costume. Awful pic.twitter.com/Vi6OVeUZNP
— Brian George (@HalifaxNinja) July 24, 2022
— Jen (@SeoulShakin) July 24, 2022
It’s literally the creepiest thing ever. The poor girl wearing it lol here’s a boomerang I have of it for your nightmares 😂 pic.twitter.com/z7WCCBBIA4
— Cailin O’Neil (@CailinONeil) July 24, 2022
— Party Man (@HombreDeFiesta) July 24, 2022
Giving me power rangers villain vibes pic.twitter.com/FBH3gbC4e6
— Jonathan Diamond (@IKrushalot) July 25, 2022
I seen this on shrooms
— @dontwantjuice (@therealeth4) July 25, 2022
I’m not personally scared, but I am concerned about the person it’s eating.
— Colin Furness MISt PhD MPH MEd(cand) (@FurnessColin) July 24, 2022
Sheev Palpatine is the mascots great uncle pic.twitter.com/mxMbaZivXf
— Tom Hasselman (@TomHasselman) July 25, 2022