Halloween came a little late this year at Planit, a Baltimore-based ad agency. Every year, the company asks employees to appear in a cute video Christmas card. This time around, the mise-en-scene included more than a Christmas tree and Santa hats. Hiding inside a giant gift box was a freaky, zombie-looking elf waiting for the right moment to pop up and elicit screams from the caroling employees — on camera, of course!

The reactions really run the gamut. Some are so stoic you’d think that they would have been confused if a pointy-eared, ghoulish monster hadn’t jumped out of a Christmas present at exactly that moment. Others are absolutely horrified. Check out the video montage of all the scares, and reacquaint yourself with the true meaning of…well, I’m not exactly sure:

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