What started as a way to terrify her classmates ended up with thousands of reactions around the world, some tagging Ellen DeGeneres for attention.
Makayla Martinez, a freshman at York College, posted a video to Twitter of her scaring other students with her Halloween costume by crawling toward them and giving a creepy wave last Thursday. Martinez dressed in a $40 costume of "the Rake," a horrifying creature that gained popularity over the internet over the past decade.
Since its posting, the tweet has received more than 179,000 likes and 63,000 retweets. Martinez's costume and video have attracted attention from publications like Time, the New York Post and Buzzfeed.
"I did not expect my tweet to blow up the way it did, I only expected a few retweets from people back home," Martinez said. "It's crazy knowing that my video went viral."
Other Twitter users responded in both horror and laughter to the video, including "I could watch 6 hours of this" and "The funniest, most genius video I've ever seen."
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