Do clowns creep you out? You’re not alone. There have been a number of clown sightings in several states. Some of these clowns were trying to lure children into the woods. What would YOU do?
The creepy clown craze sweeping the nation has come to Iowa, and reports of the sightings are growing.
People in at least 14 states have reported seeing creepy clowns roaming around. Some have tried to lure women and children into the woods, while others have made direct threats to schools and college campuses nationwide.
Statewide, police at the University of Iowa and Iowa State University have both received calls about people dressed as clowns spotted in their towns. In Waterloo, police took nine calls about clown sightings on Monday night alone, The Courier reported.
An additional officer was posted at West High School in Waterloo, due to a threats of a “pending clown attack,” the Courier reported.
Read more: Des Moines Register
The police in many states are recommending that clown costumes be abandoned this Halloween for security reasons.
But why are we so creeped out by clowns?
Maybe this will help:
This isn’t the first time there has been a wave of clown sightings in the United States. After eerily similar events occurred in the Boston area in the 1980s, Loren Coleman, a cryptozoologist who studies the folklore behind mythical beasts such as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, came up with something called “The Phantom Clown Theory,” which attributes the proliferation of clown sightings to mass hysteria (usually sparked by incidents witnessed only by children)…
…Rami Nader is a Canadian psychologist who studies coulrophobia, the irrational fear of clowns. Nader believes that clown phobias are fueled by the fact that clowns wear makeup and disguises that hide their true identities and feelings.
This is perfectly consistent with my hypothesis that it is the inherent ambiguity surrounding clowns that make them creepy. They seem to be happy, but are they really? And they’re mischievous, which puts people constantly on guard. People interacting with a clown during one of his routines never know if they are about to get a pie in the face or be the victim of some other humiliating prank. The highly unusual physical characteristics of the clown (the wig, the big red nose, the makeup, the odd clothing) only magnify the uncertainty of what the clown might do next.
Read more: CNN Psychology
So, what’s the cause of the sightings?
Psychotic individuals hell-bent on rape and murder?
Whatever it is, if these sightings continue, someone is going to get hurt.