Students and faculty at a Texas high school were recently in for a terrifying surprise: a Christmas tree that moved, talked and tormented unsuspecting victims who approached it.

It was the brainchild of pupils from the Kilgore High School media department in Kilgore, Texas, who decided to have a little yuletide fun this year.

They tricked faculty and students alike into standing next to a Christmas tree and recording what they thought was a holiday greeting.

Christmas Tree Prank Delivers Terrifying Surprise to Unsuspecting Teachers and Student | Kilgore High School

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What these individuals didn’t know was that Kilgore student Rowdy Cayce was inside the tree, ready and willing to scare anyone who came near the spruce, KSLA-TV reported.

The results are absolutely hilarious.

Watch the video below:

(H/T: KSLA-TV)