The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has come a long way since the early days, when the event's signature balloons were really floating nightmares.
Take, for instance, this rendition of Pinocchio created by someone who must've been suffering from a morbid fear of sinus infections.
That's not what happens when you lie. That's what happens when you agree to be a drug mule for a cartel that does rhinoplasty on the side. And somehow the balloon looks even worse in color.
But Pinocchio isn't nearly as frightening as this demonic dragon.
Which looks even scarier as it slinks through New York City.
Meanwhile, this feline monster tried to pull a King Kong by making a break for the Empire State Building.
And this inflatable likeness of comedian Eddie Cantor terrified crowds with its dead eyes.
But the cries from kids on the sidelines were nothing compared to the silent screams of this grotesque baby.
Things weren't much better on the ground for early parade goers, who were treated to some creatures that seemed to have wandered out of Salvador Dali's sketchbook. Like this turaffe — part turkey, part giraffe.
Or this rabid jabberwocky (?) that keeps lunging at the crowd.
But the scariest balloon of all-time goes to Barney balloon, which went on a Godzilla-like rampage that ended when the purple dinosaur got gored by a streetlight.