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All Fun and Games till Someone Gets Hurt

As we all get ready for THE spooktacular time of the year, it is so important that we remain on top of our toes this Halloween. There’s no knowing what’s lurking out there, looking to make the most of the night of nights, in the worst of ways.

You can either hide your kids, hide your wife, and hide your husband because these clowns are out there raping everybody or you can have a good time without being dumb about it. For instance, don’t wear a clown costume. Don’t do it. Don’t do it.

Don’t do it.

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“It is so important that we remain on top of our toes this Halloween. “

We have this one saying in the Middle East, “Come bull, hit me.” Regardless of your intentions, clowning around this Halloween may mean asking for trouble. And yet, despite the warning, I’m going to see Harley Quinn and the Joker on every other block in town; I just know it.  But the real question is–do they even count into this whole coulrophobia thing going on? They’re not really all that creepy as the classical clowns with plastered smiles and red noses that go squeak-squeak.

I have two Evil Jester costumes lying around from 2013 that I was planning on selling this year, but I’ve been more indecisive about this than the usual Chick-fil-a line makes me: will it be chicken nuggets today or waffle fries? Three cheers if you can relate!

Call it paranoia, call it precaution, but one Mississippi town has put a ban on clown costumes till November 1. The county “has declared it illegal to dress like a clown, and is threatening to levy $150 fines against anyone” that is caught doing so. Costume shops around the nation are advising against “clowning around the wrong people.”

As reported by NBC4’s sister station WKRN-TV: Gary Broadrick with Performance Studios in Nashville, Tennessee said, ““I’d feel really bad if I found out that somebody bought a mask of any kind from us just to have some fun and got hurt.”

It doesn’t get any better with the creepy clown craze making its way overseas, but that’s just my opinion. Be safe! Be smart!

Clowns: It’s OK, we’re all scared

Are you afraid of clowns? Do you know someone who is? Did you know that fear has a name and a backstory? It’s a condition known as coulrophobia. (Or: a completely rational response to a man (or woman) who pretends to be the icon of hilarity, innocence, and an all-around good time but you know just wants to stab you.)

Originally, clowns were performers to entertain adults, not kids. They started as we recognize them today around the early 1800s with Jean-Gaspard Deburau and Joseph Grimaldi. Both of these men performed in full makeup and costume to entertain their audiences. However, both men were also kind of frightening. One was an alcoholic who came from a tragic family of alcoholics, and one killed a boy for insulting him on the street.

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“It’s a condition known as Coulrophobia.”

While clowns began to become popular children’s entertainment in the 1950s, the 1970s were ruled by fear thanks to John Wayne Gacy, also known as the Clown Killer. He was convicted of raping and murdering at least 33 young men and boys between 1972 and 1978 in Chicago, IL. He was sentenced to death by lethal injection in 1980 and was executed in 1994.

Studies have found that children universally dislike clowns in general, though some grow to like them after initial introduction. Adults, however, are more likely to be conditioned to have a fear of clowns thanks to pop culture icons such as Pennywise in novel and movie adaptation of It by Stephen King.

But we haven’t always hated these seemingly duplicitous characters. Clowns have been found in various forms throughout history, dating back to the Egyptian pharaohs in 2500 BCE who laughed at their Pygmy entertainers. The purpose of clowns has been about reflecting society and all its flaws back upon itself in a parodied form. This was done through general buffoonery, but also through mischief, tricks, and manic behavior usually frowned upon.

The lack of consequences for normally punishable behavior along with the inability to always identify who is under that makeup can be disconcerting, though, and psychologists studying the matter point this out as one reason why some may not enjoy clowns.

There are several stories, rumors and truths, that have popped up throughout history of hearty, laughter filled clowns turning into grim monsters, which could explain our fear of clowns in modern times. Whatever story strikes your heart in the darkest way, just know you aren’t alone — not by a long shot.