The world of advertisement and marketing is a dark, scary place. We all, even those of us who aren’t parents yet, worry about the effect aggressive advertising has on the younger generation. But what if I told you, in all our worry, we have tragically missed a whole era where it was the kids that affected the advertising industry… and not always in the best of ways.

Be warned. The following vintage ads featuring some of the creepiest kids in history may give you nightmares.

1. I remember being a kid, but never did I look at my food like I was going to skin it alive and start with its heart.

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2. Some adverts were just plain wrong.

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3. These, for instance, were brought to you by the Mother of the Year Association.

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4. And some took it upon themselves to champion the cause of bad, nay, unbelievably horrifying parenting.

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5. These kids looked at things like they were on drugs!

6. Some adverts featured old-people kids that will haunt you on your deathbed.

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7. And some were just. Plain. Racist. AF.

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8. There seems to have been one child star in the advertising world. He’s remembered for his sloppy eating and his hypnotising creepy-eyes.

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9.  Look at the 3rd kid’s eyes. There’s something very sinister happening there.

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10. Uhm. I don’t even know where to start for this one. Just why.

11. ‘Pears’ has to have some deep, dark secret that this kid discovered between these two shoots.

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12. She’s a cute little girl, but wait, is she twisting that puppy’s neck?

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13. That tutorial to blowing a bubble is sure to give you nightmares. Just look at those teeth!

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14. So what’s in those tins? Baby heads?

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15. Here’s a couple of little ones running their own little meth lab. Science, bitch!

I know, I know. Thank God that the world of advertising and marketing is so very sane and ethical these days, amirite?

LOL! Sorry, Kendall Jenner just walked into my brain and handed me a Pepsi.