Warning: This one also might give you nightmares. There's something creepy about Punkinhead.
Punkinhead was inspired by the success of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Eaton's decided they ought to have their own Christmas creature, and thus created this little critter: Punkinhead, The Sad Little Bear. Punkinhead became one of Santa's helpers.
His first appearance was in the 1948 Eaton's Christmas Parade, shown with his iconic orange hair. Punkinhead soon popped up on a variety of promotional items including books, pyjamas, children's furniture, toys and in the form of a teddy bear.
So, who's behind Punkinhead? He was created by animated legend Charlie Thorson (1890-1966). Charlie Thorson's work experience included developing Snow White for Disney, Bugs Bunny for Warner Brothers, and Elmer the Safety Elephant for the Toronto Police Department.
I'm not sure if I'm happy or disappointed that Punkinhead's popularity did not last into the years of my children.
Information from The World Encyclopedia of Christmas written by Gerry Bowler.
More information on Punkinhead can be found on page 184.