Mystery surrounds clowns. Clowns are supposed to make youngsters happy, but millions fear them. So let’s go into the scary realm of the clown and discover why they can both delight and terrify adults and children. Also, we’ll find out why clowns make terrific ghouls for those who run haunted attractions. Look into the Best info about haunted house in Ohio.
Coulrophobia, or the fear of clowns, is a real thing with its name. An extreme or irrational dread of clowns is known as coulrophobia. “Coulrophobia is very common…one of the top 10 most common specific phobias,” states the website way2hope.org. Exposure to people dressed as clowns or in other outlandish costumes and make-up can cause severe discomfort and even panic attacks in some people. Clown phobia is quite genuine; that much is undeniable. Because of this, many haunted homes now feature performers dressed as clowns and those portraying zombies, werewolves, and witches.
Clowns inspire terror in many people, not just adults. Many kids fear clowns even though their purpose is to make them laugh. As someone who used to manage a haunted house, I think the fact that clown make-up hides the wearer’s face contributes to the public’s aversion to them. Do you believe Bozo is genuinely joyful, or is his grin just painted on? We have no idea. We also have an innate understanding that clowns’ bright costumes do not necessarily indicate that they are always in a good mood. So what kind of sinister ideas does a clown have? The only person who knows is the clown.
Moreover, I believe that collectively we will always keep John Wayne Gacy, Jr. in our minds. Nothing positive came from his actions for the world’s professional clowns. According to Wikipedia, American serial killer John Wayne Gacy, Jr., the Killer Clown, was responsible for the rape and murder of 33 young men and boys between 1972 and 1978. According to the web database, 26 of Gacy’s victims were buried in the basement or crawlspace of his house, three were buried elsewhere on his property, and four were dumped in a nearby river.
Since Gacy used to perform for kids as “Pogo The Clown,” he earned the nickname “Killer Clown.” He was found guilty of capital murder and killed by lethal injection on May 10, 1994. Sighs of relief were heard around the globe. Photos of Gacy in a clown costume are etched in the minds of many adults. These photos first appeared in newspapers and are now widely available online. Undoubtedly, such pictures contributed to our general aversion to clowns.
We need more than one man to develop a phobia of clowns. There are two primary hypotheses as to why some people are afraid of clowns, according to the website phobias.about.com. According to the site, “Joseph Durwin postulates that there are two commonly accepted schools of thought in a 2004 review article for Trinity University.” One explanation is that the phobia developed due to a horrible event the person had as a child. The second idea is that kids are taught to hate and be afraid of clowns, thanks to media portrayals of them as dangerous and scary.
It is amusing that Durwin thinks our culture has manufactured fear of evil clowns. The book and the movie adaptation of It by Stephen King did give us the chills. The book and the movie center around a villainous alien-like entity known as “Pennywise the Dancing Clown.” As I said before, many scary attractions include murderous clowns. Another infamous B-movie from the 1980s responsible for making clowns a recurring motif in our nightmares is Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988).
Has prejudice against clowns, then, been instilled by society itself? It’s a classic case of chicken or egg. Do we have a phobia of clowns because of fiction, movies, scary places, or the legend of John Wayne Gacy? Or maybe people were already scared of clowns before films and haunted houses started using them that way. What happened first? There does not appear to be a solution at this time.