The 13th Floor

This Pint-Sized Pennywise Cosplay is Both Adorable AND Terrifying

A tiny new incarnation of the world’s scariest clown is somehow making the entire internet scream “Awwww…” and “AAAAAHHHH!” at the same time.

But whether you feel like running in terror or giving this little guy a hug (choose wisely), I think three-year-old Louie Tilghman would take the top prize in just about any costume contest for his amazing portrayal of Pennywise the Clown from Stephen King’s IT.

The amazing costume and makeup design skills of Louie’s 17-year-old brother Eagan quickly turned the tiny tyke into a social media star and viral sensation after he posted the results on Facebook — all while horror fans count down the days before the highly-anticipated big-screen adaptation of IT hits movie screens this week.

In an interview with Mashable, Eagan revealed this is just one of a few photo shoots he’s done with family members in costume and makeup.

“My other brother, Hosea, who is four, wanted me to paint his face like the Joker,” he explained. “I did and we just had the idea to dress Louie up and take a few pictures.”

So beware, sufferers of coulrophobia: Halloween is coming soon, and I can pretty much guarantee there will be legions of tiny, balloon-bearing hell clowns just like Louie ringing your doorbell…