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Search for "King Cake Baby" on Twitter and you will find a large number of tweets that include the word "nightmare," descriptions like "hauntingly weird" and a general sense that many people will be losing sleep over a shared experience. While these trends might seem to indicate the return of a disturbing horror franchise, the spirited outcry is a reaction to the return of an NBA mascot — the New Orleans Pelicans seasonal oddity, King Cake Baby.

King Cake Baby, who's become something of a nightmarish Mardi Gras tradition in New Orleans, reappeared at the Smoothie King Center when the Pelicans hosted the Los Angeles Clippers Monday Night. The horror went viral the moment he was spotted in the underbelly of the stadium:

From that point on, sleep seemed out of the question for many:

Naturally, the return of King Cake Baby prompted many to wonder why the Pelicans had gone through such trouble to give their day-to-day mascot Pierre such a kid-friendly makeover:

While others just combined the horror of old-school Pierre and King Cake Baby to further haunt your dreams:

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