Since his first appearance in the “Halloween” slasher films from 1978, Michael Myers has become a horror icon that many people find creepy.
Four-year-old Aria Alvarado isn’t most people.
In a video that has already garnered over 3 million views on TikTok in 24 hours, Aria is seen celebrating her 4th birthday with her family in West Covina, Calif., When the “Halloween” themed music starts playing. The birthday girl quickly sets out to find Michael Myers from the film series.
“I love him,” she yells as she paces excitedly, finally catching a glimpse of the character on the other side of the parking lot.
“Not by yourself,” his family members shout at him. But Aria won’t listen.
When she sees Myers, she yells at him: “Michael Myers, I love you! before running towards him enthusiastically and hugging him.
The 50-second video clip went viral on social media with viewers amused by the four-year-old’s fearless infatuation with a fictional serial killer and murderer.
“I love ‘scary’ kids,” one person commented. “So healthy in a weirdly good way.”
Another user commented: “This is so cute omg she really loves it.”
Aria’s mom Rose Alvarado tells TODAY that she and her husband planned the Halloween-themed birthday party after finding out how much their daughter loved horror movies.
“She’s been loving Halloween ever since she first watched ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’,” Alvarado says. “She adores a lot of scary movies including ‘Frankenweenie’, ‘Coraline’, ‘Corpse Bride’ and especially ‘Halloween’ with Michael Myers.”
Alvarado says she asked Aria how she would feel if Michael Myers came to her birthday party and she got very horny. So, her husband put on the iconic blue jumpsuit and white ski mask to surprise their daughter.
“We knew she liked him, but we didn’t expect her to react like that,” she said. “His reaction was so funny, so I thought I would upload the little video.”
Having only published once on TikTok before and not being very active, Alvarado was blown away by the attention paid to the video.
“I just woke up to all these likes and comments,” she explains. “And then it was trending on Twitter, too much. My friends and family were texting me because they saw the video posted on their feeds. “
Aria is delighted to know that her video has gone viral. “I told her she has tendencies,” her mother says. “She knows what the trends mean from ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2’. She thinks it’s really cool.
Some parents even commented on their own stories about their kids being fans of horror movie characters as well.
Of course, having a viral video on the Internet also has its downsides.
While most viewers find humor in Aria running towards a scary fictional character, a few negative comments have surfaced questioning Alvarado’s parenthood and whether Aria’s interest in scary movies and villains is appropriate.
It’s not that bad, says mom.
“We think it’s important to let her be her,” she adds. “It’s totally innocent and she’s having fun and she’s always scared to watch horror movies.
“If she stops being scared, then we might want to review this.”