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Clown Costumes Are Banned In Certain Parts Of The United States
After the craze of creepy clowns swept the United States, many areas of country banned the purchase and wearing of clown costumes. This was done in order to keep confusion out of which clowns were friendly and which clowns were terrorizing adults and children.
Clowns Are Considered The 'Boogey Man' Of Western Culture
The "Boogey man" is one of the oldest tales told to scare young children. Many people equate the clown craze with the Boogey man, in that we don't really know if they're good or bad! The ideas of both evil clowns and the Boogey man are equally terrifying!
Alabama Has Had Nine Arrests For Clown-Related Crimes
The state of Alabama has had nine clown-related arrests for either criminal activity or threats. Both adults and juveniles were arrested and the charges were labeled as terrorist threats and harassment.
Real Clowns Fear Their Profession Is Ruined
With all the craze surrounding evil clowns, real clowns fear that their profession has been tainted. According to numerous professional clowns, their job is to bring joy to others -- not instill fear in people.
There Have Been Clown-Related Incidents In The United Kingdom
Evil clowns have even made their way over to the United Kingdom. A woman reported seeing a creepy clown in her front yard when she opened up her front door. She quickly closed the door and the clown stuck a knife through the mail slot and stabbed the woman in the leg!
Some Clown Sightings Are Believed To Be Marketing Tactics
Some of the clown sightings that have been reported are believed to be marketing tactics for Halloween. It has been said that the clowns were ways to promote haunted house attractions or a new horror movie.
Over 20 States Have Reported Clown Sightings And Threats
Clown sightings have been prominent up and down the East Coast, but reports have been made in more than 20 different states! Not all clown sightings mean violent encounters -- a lot of the time the clowns were minding their own business.
Some Clowns Have Been Caught With Weapons!
There are peaceful clowns, but then there are really evil clowns who carry weapons with them. Some reports have stated that some clowns were caught carrying machetes, large kitchen knives, baseball bats.
A Clown Tried To Kidnap A One-Year-Old!
A woman in California almost had her one-year-old snatched from her hands while waiting at a local bus stop! She called police immediately after the incident and claimed the clown was watching her every move.
Clown Sightings Stretch Back To 1981
Clowns have been around for years, but the evil clown craze dates back to 1981. During that year in Boston, several local schools sent memos home to parents to beware of men dressed as clowns who were trying to lure children into vans with candy.
People Are Comparing Creepy Clowns To Slenderman
Slenderman started as a creepy internet story that was meant to scare children, and now people are creating parallels to the tale of Slenderman with the creepy clown craze. However, no legitimate distinctions have been made.
The Sightings Are Referred To As "Phantom Clown Theory"
"Phantom Clown Theory" places the blame for all sightings on mass hysteria. Since there are far more reports and sightings than there are photos and arrests, the "sightings" can simply be the mind playing tricks.
Infamous Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy Doubled As 'Pogo' The Clown
John Wayne Gacy was an infamous serial killer in the 1970's. His alter ego was Pogo the clown, but when he dressed as Pogo he didn't actually kill anyone. He only went on his murderous rampages when he dressed as himself.
Certain McDonald's Cancelled Ronald McDonald Appearances
Because of the mass hysteria revolving around "killer clowns," many McDonald's franchises canceled their scheduled appearances of Ronald McDonald. The creepy clown chaos terrified everyone and McDonald's franchise owners didn't want to take any chances.
Coulrophobia Explains The Fear Of Clowns
According to Canadian psychologist Rami Nader, having a fear of clowns is irrational, but explainable. The makeup and attire disguise the clown's true identity and feelings, which makes human instinctively uneasy.
Parts Of Mississippi Banned Clown Costumes Through November 1st
Because there was no way to tell the difference between creepy clowns and people playing dress up, the state of Mississippi banned all kinds of clown costumes until November 1st. This eliminated the chance for creepy clowns to cause terror on Halloween.
Schools Also Banned Clown Costumes Around Halloween
Schools took extra precaution to ban clown costumes around Halloween and many institutions suspended students who broke the rule. This was done to keep the hysteria and panic surrounding clowns to a minimum.
The 'Clown Purge' Rumor Spread Like Wild Fire
There were many rumors surrounding a clown-style purge happening before Halloween of 2016. The warning, which alerted people to stay inside with their family and pets, lock the doors, and stay out of sight, was posted to Facebook and caused mass chaos.
Creepy Clowns Have Reached Their Peak
Creepy clowns have, realistically, reached their peak. The chaos surrounding creepy clowns was just that -- chaos. Now that the hype and scariness of the clowns have died down, it will probably be a few more years until we start seeing them reappear.
The First Ever Clown Dates Back To The Last 1700's
The first known clown in history was Joseph Grimaldi. He referred to himself as "Grim all day" and wore elaborate clothing and exaggerated face paint. He was born in the late 1700's and was a self-proclaimed performer throughout his life.