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Clowns: Scary or Funny?

Updated on June 24, 2011

Send In the Clowns...

Clowns: Scary or Funny?

Some people love clowns. They think clowns are just funny, happy-go-lucky entertainers with a penchant for wearing silly clothes and making balloon critters.

The rest of us can't sleep, because we know the truth: The clowns will eat us!

Do You Suffer from Coulrophobia?

What is coulrophobia? It's just a nice scientific name for clown phobia, or the intense fear of clowns. But why do so many people fear clowns?

Some people blame media for casting clowns in a horrific light. There are movies and novels that portray clowns as downright ghastly, such as Stephen King's "It."

Sometimes people just have a bad experience with clowns. Maybe a clown scared them when they were children, or maybe they were just frightened by the face makeup. You know, the big red lips, the giant red nose, the unnaturally white skin.

Another factor is that clown makeup can obscure or even conceal the real facial expressions. Not being able to see the clown's true face could inspire some instinctual distrust. Some children are afraid of costumed people in general, even if they're at Disney World.

"There is nothing funny about a clown in the moonlight."

- Lon Chaney, Sr.

Can't Sleep, Clowns Will Eat Me

We actually have the Simpsons to thank for this catchphrase: "Can't sleep, clown will eat me."

It happened in an episode called "Lisa's First Word," where we learn more about the Simpson family's past. When Marge becomes pregnant with Lisa, a very young Bart is forced to give up his crib for the baby. To make Bart feel better about it, Homer builds a special bed just for Bart--a clown bed that looks rather evil. It looks even more scary at night! It's not a leap for Bart to imagine that the frightening clown bed will devour him as soon as he falls asleep.

The next morning finds Bart curled up on the floor downstairs, muttering to himself over and over, "Can't sleep, clown'll eat me."

Your Opinion on Clowns...

Clowns: Scary or Funny?

Can't sleep, clowns will eat me.

Can't sleep, clowns will eat me.

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    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Clowns are bloody eveil there just stupiid and i ahte them

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      help me

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Just plain creepy!!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      WTF

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      As a costumer, I tell clowns that are being used at childrens parties or if a child gets hysterical TAKE OFF THE GLOVES and let the child see human flesh, let them touch your hand.!!!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      SCARY AS HELL

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I am terrified of the happy clowns but enjoy watching the evil clowns like The Joker and etc. The evil ones make me laugh!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      clowns are fucking sketchy. had this fear since i was little and its only gotten worse.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      clowns have always scared me. its the fact they could be anyone I think

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      horor of clowns is sou scary

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      SCARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      sometimes...

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      WORT THINGS EVER. Son many true clown murder stories. w/ clowns... search on google "The Clown Statue"

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Clowns have terrified me all my life!

      They are very scary....

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Im freaked out by clowns. but here's the most scary clown story MUST READ:

      A boy goes to camp and is regular and playing and all, and then its time to go to bed. he can't sleep and wakes up at 2 am. he looks out the window and sees a clown. he blinks once and the clown disapears. he doesn't tell anyone and same thing happens the next day, he wakes up, sees the clown, blinks and he disapears.Third day the boy tells the camp counselor and he doesn't believe him. the boy wakes up again and sees the clown. but this time he kept blinking and the clown wouldn't leave. the boy runs to the counselor,wakes him up, and he leaves. the counselor doesn't come back. the people at the camp wake up in the morning and the boy was gone. they called the police and they found him in the woods. they say he ate or killed them. they put him in jail AND HE ESCAPES. no one knows where hes at. my friends say it true and it was on the news in 2009 but i couldn't find it on the internet. if u find it tell me. thanks

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      scary

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      They're some scary people who look at you and you can't see what they have over all that makeup he may be happy but a dead scary person

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      FUCK THEM !!!!!!! THEY'RE SO SCARY :'(

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I am scared of C-L-O-W-N-S

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I watched the movie It when I was surprisingly young, and have never felt the same way again. I wonder how clowns really are- what they really feel like. There make up is disgusting and I find them repugnant.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      SCAAAARRRYYYY

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      scary

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      clowns ar freakin scary i hate em...

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      i say clowns are nice once in a blue moon. btu yet i get nasty dreams about clowns like in a jack in the box, box poping out and swaying back and forth

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      clowns are just so sinister i hate them i definatley have coulrophobia!

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      You have nothing to fear but fear itself... and clowns!!

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      I once had a homeless guy dressed as a clown follow me for three blocks before I ran into my favourite bookstore and the shopkeeper sent him away.

    • Samantha Devereux 8 years ago from Columbia Mo

      Clowns are just wrong...and I'm pretty sure evil too.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      I hate clowns, my boyfriend posted the thing over there --> about the birthday "suprise". How mean is that. Get scared shitless of clowns, it's asweful =[

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      i hate clowns ,i was sure i had this clown phobia..

      i would cry if i was left home alone in the presence of a clown

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      scary!!!!!!!!!!

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      clowns are really scary

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      clowns are totally scary

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Clowns are an agent of Satan, I'm pretty sure.

    • TimsJewel 8 years ago

      OMG!!!! SO VERY SCARY!!!

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      i hate clowns they scare me i was scared to sleep after i saw a movie with clowns in it

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      i hate clowns they are so scary i have hated them all my life and i dont know why but it is so scary!!!

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      scary

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      I HATE CLOWNS!

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      they are horrible

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      well no one can smile all the time and i know why clowns do they are evil and they knows this so they smile at us and make fun bc they think we dont know

    • BradKamer 8 years ago

      They are pretty spooky. First thing that comes to mind is Pennywise the clown from Stephen King book. Then there was a terrifying clown doll in a seventies horror movie that gave me nightmares for a few nights.

    • Runningbandit 8 years ago

    • Runningbandit 8 years ago

      Clowns aren't really scary at all, they're just annoying and a little creepy. Speaking of which has anyone ever seen the original McD's commercials, that's just F'ed Up.

    • AdamRomig 8 years ago

      Clowns are creepy, plus they have outlived their usefulness. I mean really, when was the last time you needed or laughed at a clown (rodeo clowns excluded). Read "Darkness, Take My Hand" and tell me what you think of clowns after that.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Not really scared of clowns, just dont think they're funny. Think they're all cunts & want to punch them in the face!

    • mbssuccess 9 years ago

      I find them creepy because they're supposed to be happy and cheerful but if you look at them a little closer they begin to look kinda scary!

    • anonymous 9 years ago

      clowns are really scary i cnt sleerp because of them

    • anonymous 9 years ago

      Clowns are evil, only outdome by their loathesome cousins, the street mimes. Get thee behind me satanic clown!

    • anonymous 9 years ago

      I HATE clowns ecspecially people dressed like them .I think peole dressed like clowns are all PETAFILES!!!!

    • fefe42 9 years ago

      Stephen King's IT ruined clowns for me.

    • anonymous 9 years ago

      i hate clowns they give me nightmares i hate them i wish they all died

    • anonymous 9 years ago

      clowns are scary most times

    • anonymous 9 years ago

      i hate clowns

    • Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Very scary, especially if the clown doesn't talk. I don't like clowns!

    • kab 9 years ago from Upstate, NY

      I must admit, when I was a kid, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure did scare the booger out of me.

    • VictoriaNeely1 9 years ago

      Scary clown!

    I like clowns!

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      • chloe gorman 2 years ago

        do clouns kill primary school kids or is it a rumer going around ?

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Clowns are funny theres no need to fear clowns there just people in makeup.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        whoop whoop. ima be down with the clown till the day i die

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        ok so here's the thing. Clowns are only scary if they're in the wrong context. for example if there is a clown at the circus or a carnival they're not real scary because that's where they belong and they're trying to entertain, whereas if there were a clown walking down the street in the middle of the night i'd run like a bat out of hell because who wears a clown costume in the streets?

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      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Oh gods I love clowns. My mom hired one for my party when I was 3 and I was instantly fascinated with them. They get such bad press but all my lil cousins love clowns too! I can certainly understand why people are afraid but still I feel they're pretty awesome especially the acrobatic ones.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Am I the only person left on earth who actually likes clowns??!!

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Clowns are awesome especially scary clowns!

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        Search for Dr.Rockxo hes a character on Metaloapocalypse, watch a few episodes of the series and you'll love it

        meanwhile I DO C C COCAINE

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WM3XJI_HUEk&amp...

      • JenOfChicago LM 7 years ago

        I love clowns! I hate that people think they are scary!

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        Im not scared of clowns in general but some movies do scare the shit out of you just because they are portrayed in the wrong way. eg (being a ruthless child killier).

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        I like clowns I meen why do some people think their bad? I jest

        want to say to the people who don't like clowns or think their

        scary don't be.

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        My Girlfriend hates clowns, So on her Birthday, I'm going to dress up as a clown and sit on the end of her bed, will be a nice birthday surprise =D

      • bingotheclown 8 years ago

        clowns get a bad rep it not fare

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        Klowns are scary as hell. They will eat you while you sleep. Everything is a big joke. Nothing is ever serious with them. And if you meet a klown in real life there normally a drunk and can be really mean..... Satan knows I love being a klown :-D

        I love them. and you should love us all

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        clowns are awesome their just cool I liked clowns from the first time i saw them when i was like 3 or 5 i always made my parents take me to the circuos in orher words clowns are tooooootaly awesome and theres no reason to be scared of them and all the movies they make about evil clowns and all that Shit is FAAAAAAAAAKE duh.

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        clowns are so funny its funny the stuff they do such as play pranks on people and sometimes even scare them they are cool

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        that clowns are the cools thing you will ever see i love clowns

        they are the best!!!!!!

      • cannedguds lm 8 years ago

        they're both scary and funny, at the same time or not! and i like 'em! I wanna even want to be like 'em!

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        Clowns are funny

        People being scared of clowns is even funnier

      • cannedguds lm 8 years ago

        I like clowns and why not? I want to be one of them!!!!

      • Bugsley 8 years ago

        Clowns taste funny ..er.. I mean they, have funny taste's .... ya know, in tiny cars, big shoes, clothes, hair styles etc. Sometimes we are afraid of kids too!

      • anonymous 9 years ago

        I like clowns }????

        Maybe

      • anonymous 9 years ago

        I only like clowns under the following circumstances:

        1/ they are in a situation where there is a great potential for the clown to get hurt (E.G: blindfolded and barefoot in a room full of mousetraps and rakes)

        2/ when they aren't bothering me

        3/ If they aren't weird european clowns, or mimes

      • Squidoo-Pat 9 years ago

        Rather than dwelling on the evil clowns I prefer to remember when I was a small kid and was in the audience of our local "Bozo The Clown" show. Even the "Joker" is entertaining.

      • anonymous 9 years ago

        My first visual experience with clowns was when I first saw an Opera play, in italian, but I don't not the title in italian, in this play a clown who works in a movable circus is cheated by his girlfriend who also works there...and he takes his revenge and kills her...so for me ...CLOWNS are usually sad, not scary...and sometimes are very HAPPY!!!

      • anonymous 9 years ago

        I don't doubt that clowns in horror films can certainly put a person on edge, but if it's a circus performer or a child's birthday entertainer who makes cute balloon animals and the like, well that's just fun.

        IMHO I like to think that I have enough control of my imagination and common sense to know when something imagined isn't going to hurt me! Or, I could just be talking out of my elbow.

      • TriviaChamp 9 years ago

        I just dont find them scarey.

      • Barkely 9 years ago

        I prefer to think of the funny clowns you see at the circus. How can they make something so fun scary?

      • GypsyPirate LM 9 years ago

        Clowns have never really scared me -- but, I also refuse to read Stephen King's book "It".

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          freakybabyme 5 years ago

          komische kellner

          well I think some of you guys simply have a clown fobia wooohhooo

          www.clownsilver.com

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          imaginemdd lm 6 years ago

          Interesting and fun lens looking at whether Clowns are scary or funny! Thanks for creating this page. I've added a link on my doll & puppet directory lens.

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          BusyQueen 8 years ago

          I rated, added you to my favorites, thanks and great lens!

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          cannedguds lm 8 years ago

          I like clowns and this Christmas, I would like to learn how to be a clown and surprise my kids on Christmas Eve!!!!

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          BradKamer 8 years ago

          Scary or not, this is a great debate topic. I err on the side of clowns are scary.

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          Bugsley 8 years ago

          Just a sad clown who never tried to scare anyone.

          Shriner clowns rule!

          Help a Shriner help a kid!

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          kab 9 years ago from Upstate, NY

          There was also that alcoholic animal-abusing clown in Air Bud. Why do they put evil clowns in children's programs?

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          TriviaChamp 9 years ago

          I know a few people who are afraid of clowns, I just don’t find them scary. Nice lens.

          ~Jane

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          Susan 9 years ago from Texas

          Another great one, Victoria! My sister has been desperately afraid of clowns her whole life, me not so much. But I also don't usually find them funny either. More annoying. Not sure what side of the debate that leaves me on!!

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          GypsyPirate LM 9 years ago

          Nice argument idea!