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What Makes a Clown so Scary

Updated on October 6, 2019

Clown History

The first clown to ever been seen was in 1768 in England, by a guy named Phillip Astley. The clown was so famous by the spectators that Phillip added even more clowns to his show.

Then there was "Bozo the Clown," one of many childhood memories of watching this television show that started airing in 1949, here in the United States.

However, in 1972-1978, a guy by the name of John Wayne Gacy took the clown image and became known as the "Killer Clown." He tortured and killed 33 victims. He met his victims at children parties, fund-raising events, and parades as he was dressed up as "Pogo, the Clown."

Then in 1986, the novel "It," by Stephen King, was released as a movie bringing nightmares to young children. Later in 2017, the film was remade and caused more nightmares and had folks creeping around in the middle of the night dressed as clowns. This past week "It 2" was released.

As we walk down the main streets in town, we often look down at the big drain hole under the sidewalks. We think to ourselves, is the clown down there? Will a red balloon coming mysterious floating up?

What would you do if you happen to see a clown in the drain hole? Would you be scared and run away screaming? Would you stick around to see what entertainment the clown had instore for you?

We never really know what we would do if we were in that position. All we can do is hope that this clown is bringing us some good entertainment and nothing more. However, if a red balloon does happen to come floating from nowhere.

"Oh, look a balloon!" as you stare at it in amazement as you had never seen a balloon before.

Birthday Parties

Years ago, children begged for there to be a clown at their birthday party. They wanted a clown that could make animals out of balloons or could do magic tricks.

We saw clowns as been funny and were amazed by the different characters they could make out of balloons. Not to mention getting sprayed in the face by their water flower pin, seeing long strands of scarves coming out of their sleeves. We wanted to honk their big red nose and laughed at their big giant shoes.

The clown was a favorite among birthdays, as everyone left the party with their birthday balloon handed out by no other than the Birthday Clown himself.


Who doesn't find it funny to see a bull chasing after a clown? The highlight of a rodeo is that of the entertainment by these crazy clowns running around in the dirt.

Now you may see these clowns as just a joke. However, these guys bring in $100-$500 a show. They can even make up to $51,000 per year; you might want to rethink that $25,000 per year job you have and get chased by a bull instead.


Clowns are one of the easiest and cheapest costumes to throw together. Today in time, though, no one wants to be a clown anymore. After all the killings and creepy disturbance among clowns, no one dares to be a clown.

With their red or rainbow curly hair wigs, to their big red nose, white faces, big giant shoes, not to mention their oversize clothes. Clowns were the best costumes.

You could be a happy clown, a sad clown. A clown brought happiness whatever mood you were in; their main job was to make people laugh and smile.

Class Clown

We all grew up in a classroom where someone would always make us laugh and smile. No matter what class it was, how boring the class was, there was still that one kid who was the "Class Clown."

This Class Clown would even get his/her picture in the yearbook to leave their legacy behind of been known for the "Class Clown."

We can all thank a class clown for helping brighten our days throughout those 12 years of school. For some, if it hadn't been for a class clown, they might have made it those 12 years.

So thank a Class Clown, they gave you something medicine could never give you ~ a Smile.

Are you scared of clowns?

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 KathyWheelerJouini


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    • KathyWheelerJouini profile imageAUTHOR


      22 months ago from Mississippi

      I still enjoy dressing up as a clown to make people smile. However, when dressing up as a clown, you have to wonder, will someone attack me just from being in a clown suit.

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      Liz Westwood 

      22 months ago from UK

      When I was young, many years sgo, clowns were viewed as fun characters. But in recent years, a more sinister side has crept in.


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