31 Scary Things: #19 Clowns

Scary Clowns - TYOHHow messed up would it be if there were a bunch of people who dressed up as really scary monsters and went around trying to scare people all the time but instead of people thinking that they were scary they just thought they were funny.
That would flip your world right upside down, wouldn’t it?  You with your fancy car and your haircut you got at a business that specializes in haircuts.  Stuck up snob.  I hope a clown gets you!
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42 replies

  1. Acadia,
    I might be biased. I like clowns.
    Le Clown

  2. I am terrified of clowns. That picture is evil.

  3. I don’t like clowns either. You just know they’re thinking of sick, twisted things to do to people.

  4. Holy Hell! Of all of the 31 things, THOSE are the worst! Freaking scary ass monsters. I don’t even like the word c-l-o-w-n! ok.. now I have myself freaked out and scared in the middle of the afternoon!

  5. I’ve always hated clowns–big fear. Most people think it’s funny I have this fear, but I think it’s scary.

  6. Ronald McDonald causes heart disease!??! I’m shattered… :(

  7. Am I winning something with this?

  8. Clowns are creepy! You know that painting of the tragic clown? Creepy!

  9. Clowns are so creepy, I agree. When I was young two things really scared me: Clowns and dolls. Still didn’t figure out which one I hate the most…

  10. I’m not scared of clowns, but this post reminded me of the Shel Silverstein poem “Cloony the Clown,” about the clown who wasn’t funny until he cried. http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/shel_silverstein/poems/14822

  11. I have always been a fan of Horror & everything Halloween. Everyone laughs at me, because the only thing that scares me are dolls and clowns! I’m not the type to run, scream and cry, but boy do they freak me out!

  12. The modern ‘Barnam & Bailey’ style circus clown creeps me out.

    • I think it’s those exaggerated features, plus the association with small children.

      • It’s like when parents force kids to sit on the lap of Creepy Mall Santa. The kids don’t want to do it but some parents force them do so. They tell the kids that it’s fun and they’re supposed to like Creepy Mall Santa (or Scary Circus Clown). The kids just cry and the parents get all mad… like it’s the kids’ fault for not liking this repellent creature. Wake up, folks. Kids are scared of these guys. Why? Because they’re CREEPY! *deep cleansing breath*
        Sorry, sweetie. DIdn’t mean to rant. (((blush)))

  13. You are so understanding, sweetie. Looking forward to your next article. As we say down in Arkansas, “Ah cain’t wait!”

  14. where’s that picture from? need that, which photograph or picture title? thanks a lot!

    • I don’t have a lot of information on it, Ferdinand. It’s a 5×7 large format photo from the 1940’s that went up for auction on ebay in June of 2011. It’s shown up on various Tumblrs since then, but I haven’t seen anyone adding more information on its provenance since the original auction post, which you can find here. Good luck!

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