Easter Bunny phobia: See sad-but-funny photos of kids who are not feeling it

We asked to see your photos of kids who were less-than-excited to meet the Easter Bunny, and your submissions did not disappoint.
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It's a rite of passage for families who celebrate Easter — photos with the Easter Bunny. We dress our little ones up in their most spring-appropriate attire and drag them to the mall or the community egg hunt, ready to capture an image of our sweet little angels on the lap of the Bunny.

It's the perfect symbol of all things spring, unless your child experiences a bit of bunny phobia and tries to run — sobbing — for the hills during their photo shoot. Then, according to many TODAY.com Facebook followers, it's just a funny family memory to cherish for years to come.

We asked to see your best photos of your kids and their less-than-thrilled expressions about meeting the Easter Bunny. Your photos did not disappoint.

While Fiona Raimondi loved the Easter Bunny last year...
While Fiona Raimondi loved the Easter Bunny last year...Ashley Raimondi
...this year, her feelings changed.
...this year, her feelings changed.Ashley Raimondi

Ashley Raimondi's daughter, Fiona, 20 months, loved the Easter Bunny last year. This year, however, she screamed and cried throughout the photo shoot, sobbing, "No bunny."

"At last resort, the bunny tried playing peek-a-boo with Fiona, but that still did not work," the Illinois mom told TODAY Parents. "She was still scared of the bunny."

We would be scared of a peek-a-boo-playing bunny, too, Fiona.

Madison and Mackenzie McNeil were terrified of the Easter Bunny between the ages of two and six, according to their mom, Christine.
Madison and Mackenzie McNeil were terrified of the Easter Bunny between the ages of two and six, according to their mom, Christine.Christine McNeil

For Christine McNeil's daughters, Maci, 11, and twins Madison and Mackenzie, 9, being afraid of the Easter Bunny is a family affair.

"From the ages of two to six, the Easter Bunny always frightened my twins," said McNeil, who lives in New Jersey. "I think the reason is because their older sister, Maci, would get so worked up at the sight of him she would make herself sick. They thought if she was scared and standing back, she must know something."

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McNeil says her girls now think their collection of terrified bunny photos is funny.

"For us, it just wouldn't be Easter without it," said McNeil.

Tess McLaughlin says today, her daughter, Makayla, is 11 and thinks her bunny phobia is hilarious.
Tess McLaughlin says today, her daughter, Makayla, is 11 and thinks her bunny phobia is hilarious.Tess McLaughlin
While Makayla was terrified of the bunny in 2007, two years later she was all smiles.
While Makayla was terrified of the bunny in 2007, two years later she was all smiles.Tess McLaughlin

Tess McLaughlin says her daughter, Makayla, was terrified of the bunny at age 1, but was smiling and happy in her photo just two years later.

Now 11, the Pennsylvania pre-teen thinks her photo is funny, and looks forward to seeing it every Easter.

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McLaughlin says parents should gauge their child's personality and use their best judgement when attempting Easter Bunny photos.

"Don't stress about having the perfect picture," said McLaughlin. "This picture clearly didn't go as we had planned, but ended up being amazing, and one we will never forget."

Here are more of our favorite Easter Bunny photos, submitted by TODAY Parents Facebook followers.

Jennifer Aprea | Facebook
Becky Shaffer Delawder | Facebook
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Jeannette Huneven Campbell | Facebook
Ulla Riccobono | Facebook
Megan Nicole Thompson | Facebook
Liz Mary | Facebook
Jordan McMillen | Facebook
Meghan McNulty Bottomley | Facebook

This story was originally published April 10, 2017.

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