The old adage goes that children say the funniest things sometimes.
But they also come out with the most sinister statements too, according to a Reddit discussion where babysitters have revealed the creepiest thing a child has ever said to them in the absence of their parents.
From threatening violence to seeing ghosts and predicting their deaths, some posters were left understandably terrified by the macabre statements of their charges.
In less than 24 hours, over 2,200 people have commented on the thread and revealed their most shocking stories.
One user recalled babysitting after two little girls who were easy to look after, but used to make her promise that the "white man" wasn"t going to look at them while they were sleeping.
The babysitter eventually asked the father about what they might be talking about.
His not very reassuring reply was that it was nothing to worry about, they were just talking about the ghost who lived in the house with them.
Another babysitter encountered alarmingly threatening behaviour from a six-year-old boy he used to look after, who acted like a "saint" around his parents.
Yet he would get close to his sitter"s face and angrily say that he was going to pull out all of his eyelashes one by one if he didn"t allow him to watch a film on TV.