I walked in a parade this past weekend. It was meant to be a fun experience. And then I saw it. A Clown. And all was ruined. I am afraid of clowns. No I am not joking. I can’t stand to be around them or even look at them (it is so hard to post a picture in the blog). The kid friendly character is a nightmare to me. I still wake up sometimes in the middle of the night, in a puddle of sweat because I have a dream about waking up in bed and seeing a clown standing at the foot of my bed. If I saw Bozo the clown I would run in fear!
So what is this fear?……
“Coulrophobia is the fear of clowns. In discussions of causes of coulrophobia, sufferers seem to agree that the most fear-inducing aspect of clowns is the heavy makeup, often accompanied by the bulbous nose and weird color of hair, that conceals the wearer’s identity.”
I really think this stems back to 3 things in my childhood:
1. The Moive “IT” (Stephen King)
2. The Movie “Killer Clowns from Outerspace”
3. A TV show I saw about John Wayne Gacy, an American serial killer. He was convicted of murder of 33 boys and men, 27 of whom he buried in a crawl space under the floor of his house, while others were found in nearby rivers. He became notorious as the “Killer Clown” because of the many block parties he attended, entertaining children in a clown suit and makeup, under the name of Pogo the Clown.
Have you seen any of these? If you haven’t I dare you to give them a view. After watching them you just may be joining me in a Coulrophobia support group or skipping children’s birthday parties all together!