Raising twins is undoubtedly twice the work, but, as one father has learned, it’s also double the fun. Martin Hughes, a dad from England, has an identical set of 4-year-old twin girls named Poppy and Isabella. During a recent trip to London, he decided to play a prank on his fellow hotel guests inspired by the Grady twins, an iconic, identical duo from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.
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The horrifying twins are notoriously known for their coordinated blue dresses, lifeless expressions, and monotonous, in-sync speech. To capture the essence of the frightening young girls, Hughes dressed little Poppy and Isabella in matching dresses. Afterwards, just like in the film, he instructed them to hold hands in the hallway. With their not-so-serious expressions and inevitably cute demeanors, the adorable little girls are clearly not nearly as frightening as the Grady twins. However, they still managed to startle some unsuspecting lodgers. “They’re too young to leave there to spook people directly,” Hughes told Buzzfeed, “but when we’ve had them do the pose then stood back and someone’s turned the corner they’ve gasped and gone a little green.”
Though this is the first time Hughes has prompted his daughters to reenact the scary scene, it has been in the making for years. “As soon as we found out we were having identical twins I thought The Shining,” he said. “As they’ve gotten older and we can travel and stay in hotels, it was a given that I’d get them to stand holding hands in the hallway for a joke.” Now, Hughes is looking forward to refining the prank as the twins grow up, and already can’t wait for future Halloweens!
This is Poppy and Isabella, an adorable set of twins from England.
And this is the Grady twins, a horrifying pair from The Shining.
During a recent trip to London, the fun-loving father of Poppy and Isabella decided to have a bit of fun and reenact the iconic scene.
Spooky! (And adorable.)
All images via Martin Hughes unless otherwise stated.
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