In the United States every November, the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade draws more than 3.5 million New Yorkers to the streets, and 50 million more people will watch from the comfort of their homes. The parade, which has been around since 1924 (and televised starting in 1952), has become just as much a Thanksgiving tradition as turkey and green bean casserole for many in America on this distinctly American holiday. Traditional to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade itself are the enormous, colorful, and quite often creepy balloons.
After all, what better way to celebrate a day of serious poultry gorging followed by the year's most duly earned case of bloat? Who can resist a giant air-filled Homer Simpson gliding over Times Square? What kid won't lose his mind with delight seeing a 50-foot tall Buzz Lightyear or Mickey Mouse? The excitement of these mega balloons, coupled with a pumpkin pie induced sugar high is almost hard to contain on Thanksgiving Day.
However, these things aren't always daisies and rainbows. Since the parade's beginning, there have been some downright creepy Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons. Gargantuan leering cats, deflated and maimed looking storybook characters, and, hey... if you have even a tiny smidge of a clown phobia, you better hope that post-turkey coma sets in before you're faced with a looming 47-foot tall Ronald McDonald.Check out some of these historic, helium-filled nightmares and vote up the most creep-tastic examples of Macy's Thanksgiving Day balloons before all the pumpkin pie is gone!
A Bulbous-Nosed Pinocchio
Okay. Just exactly how big of a lie did this guy tell? It had to be a whopper to warrant a schnoz of such Hindenburg proportions. We can all breathe a collective sigh of relief that this 1937 style Pinocchio wasn't magically turned into a real boy.
A Horrifying Scarecrow
The fleshy, lumpy skin on this scarecrow balloon is enough to make one wish they could teleport to Kansas just to escape it.
Disembodied Smirking Head
Well, well, well. You can almost hear this guy cackling about his evil plot to take over the city, while kneading his hands together furiously and pacing the floor, even though he has no hands to knead, and no legs to pace. Just a cackling head on a string... muah-ha-ha-haaa-ing his way into the nightmares of children everywhere.