In honor of the upcoming Peanuts movie, the TV personalities dressed up as your favorite Peanuts characters, ranging from Charlie Brown and Snoopy to Lucy and Linus Van Pelt, Peppermint Patty, Schroeder, and even Woodstock. For most of us, dressing up as any of those characters might involve a wardrobe change (and maybe some face paint for Snoopy and Woodstock). But the Today Show loves to take up to another level with the prosthetics to boot, and the results are horrifying.
The Today Show provided a terrifying video of Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb, and the rest of the gang coming out for their reveals. Even Regis Philbin stopped by as the Red Baron.
It’s hard to impress the Internet with anything anymore, but it’s also just as hard to terrify them. And Today’s unintentional attempt was a slam-dunk.
Peanuts, the depressing cartoon from your youth, is now an even more disturbing film/Today Show Halloween nightmare— Phil (@SauceCoach) October 30, 2015
I love the Today Show and always will — but this #TODAYHalloween Peanuts thing is making me wildly uncomfortable.— Emily Wood (@ewood02) October 30, 2015
The Today Show's Peanuts costumes look like the end of Joe Dante's Twilight Zone segment.— Sam Adams (@SamuelAAdams) October 30, 2015
In particular, it was Carson Daly’s take on Linus—stringy hair and all—that may have unnerved people the most. Even the person who runs the Today Show’s Twitter account couldn’t resist making a jab at the expense of Daly.
If you told me this is what the Saw movies were about, I'd believe you. https://t.co/gY8YQBTysx— Margaret Lyons (@margeincharge) October 30, 2015
ScreenCrush is now updating its list of the best horror films of the last 25 years. New #1. pic.twitter.com/NLrFWPSJMv— Matt Singer (@mattsinger) October 30, 2015
And what may be even more frightening? The unforeseen consequences of trying to make an accurate cartoon costume.
“Kids could catch it as they wait for the bus to come,” Esquire’s Matt Miller wrote. “And 10 years from now, they’ll try to explain to their therapist where their inexplicable fear of the Peanuts characters began.”
Sweet dreams, everyone.