It wasn’t just that my son wanted to dress as a clown this Halloween, he wanted to dress as a ‘killer clown’ and my answer was HELL NO.
This whole ‘killer clown’ business has really freaked me out. Even though it started as a series of prank videos, the idea of bumping into someone this Halloween decked out in a clown costume and holding a knife is just too much for me. I don’t even want to go trick-or-treating with my kids this year.
Clowns are scary, always have been, not just because of Stephen King’s IT but because clowns are usually creepy old men who paint their face and hang out with a bunch of kids. Not to disparage the entire clown industry, but seriously, coulrophobia (a specific fear of clowns) exists for a reason.
Creepy clowns in South Carolina are apparently luring kids into the woods. Article continues after this video.
He can be anything else and trust me when I tell you that Philip, 12, is very good and coming up with horrifying Halloween costumes each year. He’s been a zombie, a monster, a zombie monster…but I draw the line at clowns.
It’s just too dangerous.
Girls too are wanting to dress as crazy/creepy/deranged/killer clowns this year and some stores have gone so far as to remove clown costumes from their shelves. “Given the current environment, we have made the decision to remove a variety of clown masks from our assortment,” Target spokesperson Joshua Thomas told Mashable Australia last week. However some stores have done the reverse, stocking up ahead of Monday to cash in on the craze.
Police are not impressed. In Carina, Queensland, police have issued a warning against clown costumes this year. Carina is near Redland Bay where a woman reported seeing a clown with a knife. “Given the serious nature of it — it would be wise for people to choose some other themed costumes than some scary or horror clown,” Sen-Sgt Gordon told the Courier Mail on Monday. “It might be time to give the Twilight costume another revamp.”