A Brief History
On October 31, 2016, millions of kids across the United States will go out in costumes trick or treating for Halloween, while millions more adults will attend costume parties for the spooky holiday. One thing it is highly advisable not to wear? Clown costumes!
In the months preceding Halloween 2016 a craze had spread across the United States of people dressing up in ultra-creepy clown outfits and then terrifying people by stalking them, staking out their houses, accosting them on dark sidewalks and the like. This latest fad degenerated into kids donning their clown outfits and going out trying to scare people, and then getting arrested for disorderly conduct, inducing panic, menacing, or whatever. In Newark, New Jersey, an unfortunate man dressed as a clown was shot and killed, while across the country other people joining in on the “fun” were beaten or shot at because of their clown outfits. It got so bad that major retailers such as Target stopped selling clown masks and costumes!
For some reason, and I am one of them, many people find clowns less than amusing, kind of creepy even. Some folks actually have a phobia against clowns, it is called “coulrophobia.” (Remember that if you are ever a contestant on Jeopardy!) The Internet, especially YouTube is full of videos and stories of citizens, many armed, attacking clowns. If fighting with clowns is your bag, you should be certain to watch the 1988 comedy/horror film, Killer Klowns From Outer Space.
Perhaps 2016 will go down in history as “The Year of the Clown.” To give you an idea of what big news clowns are this year, television producers are working on a television series based on Killer Klowns From Outer Space! Then perhaps you can watch your Insane Clown Posse (ICP) videos and movies! (Notably Big Money Hustlas and Big Money Rustlas.)
Question for students (and subscribers): Do you have the guts to dress up as a clown for this Halloween? If you do, be sure to wear your bullet proof vest and running shoes! Tell us what you like and/or do not like about clowns, and if you have any good clown related stories please share them with your fellow readers in the comments section below this article. (See our other Halloween related articles on our website under October 31.)
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For more information, please see…
Cafiero, John, dir. Insane Clown Posse: Big Money Hustla$ – The Movie. Island, 2001. DVD.
Chiodo, Stephen. Killer Klowns from Outer Space. MGM, 2001. DVD.