The scariest day in the calendar seems to come round sooner every year. Severed limbs are already being hung from ceilings, plastic rats glued to door handles, and sheets being spattered with a peppery brown liquid.
Parents throughout the land are doubtlessly braced for the impending hysteria of their offspring, as these formative imaginations wrestle with the notion of a day in which half the world dresses up as ghosts, witches, sexy biologists, or "melancholy".
To illustrate this concept of which we have just spoken, here are 21 photos of kids for whom the very idea of The Halloween is almost too much to bear.
12 LUCKY KIDS WHO COULDN'T BE HAPPIER ABOUT THEIR MARIO FACE PAINTING
20 VINTAGE ALBUM COVERS THAT MIGHT MAKE YOU FEEL ILL
10 MAIL-ORDER ADS FROM THE DAYS BEFORE GAMING