Father's 'evil' Christmas prank as the Grinch backfires

Father ‘scars children for life’ when his ‘evil’ Christmas prank backfires and they burst into terrified screams as they are confronted by the Grinch

  • Father Cody Serrao, 30, is seen pranking his two children dressed as the Grinch  
  • Two children are spooked as a green figure lurks outside Massachusetts home   
  • The prank has attracted criticism from some who believe it was ‘a little too far’ 

A father who dressed up as the Grinch before storming into his own home to scare his two children is branded ‘evil’ after the prank left them screaming with fear.

In the video the two children are seen cowering near the Christmas tree as the mysterious green figure passes by the window outside their home in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts.

The pair are visibly frightened as their father, Cody Serrao, 30, masked in a Grinch costume, lurks around the outside of the house whilst another adult male films the scenario. 

The preschool aged boy can be heard telling the man behind the camera: ‘Find the frikin’ bad guy’ whilst his older sister appears panicked and clutches a pink tablet in her hand.

A post shared by Cody Serrao (@codys208)

The cameraman, who is playing along with the prank, teases the children asking them: ‘Where did he go?’  

Both children begin to squeal and sob uncontrollably with fear as the cameraman opens the front door, ignoring the Grinch, and says: ‘Oh I thought I saw him but I don’t see him anymore’.

The green figure – whose character is known for ‘stealing Christmas’ – then rounds the corner and attempts to steal a light up father Christmas, much to the horror of the two youngsters who hide by the doorway screaming.   

Their terror is then escalated as the Grinch storms towards the house, in through the front door and attempts to grab the youngsters.

They children scream with fear as their father, Cody Serrao, 30, masked in a Grinch costume, lurks around the outside of the house and unplugs a light up Santa (pictured)


The children, pre-school and elementary ages, look terrified as they ask the cameraman what is happening

Now screaming at the top of their lungs the little ones duck behind the sofa as the Christmas-hating Grinch goes towards the Christmas tree to unplug another light up Santa. 

Eventually deciding the screaming has gone on long enough the father takes off his fluffy hat and Grinch mask to reveal his familiar face to the children.

At which point they continue to sob but run to hug their father’s legs, relieved that he is not the green monster of their nightmares. 

Some viewers of the video, which was posted to Instagram yesterday by the father, Mr Serrao, claimed the prank was ‘evil’ and ‘traumatizing’ for the children.


The father continues the prank (left) as the children scream and run away before removing his mask (right) 

Eventually deciding the screaming has gone on long enough the father takes off his fluffy hat and Grinch mask to reveal his familiar face to the children who run to him

One Instagram user Joe Ramhemi commented: ‘A little too far.’

While another user by the name of kurdebilni wrote: ‘Ah yes, traumatizing kids.’   

 Ruben Mendezjr added: ‘Savage’. 

While another user by the name of Epicraiderfan wrote: ‘Their worst nightmare.’ 

Cellycellz wrote: ‘Omg this is so evil. Lol.’  

Musicmama_of_3 commented: ‘Omg Cody this is hilarious, they are scarred for life lmao.’ 

Others were fully on board with the joke, with one user by the name of Littlefactorygirl writing: ‘This is the best thing ever. Thank you.’

While Beverly Denise added: ‘Love this video…Laughing so hard, can’t stop crying..This made my year…thanks.’ 

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