CLOWNS- FUN OR FEAR?

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It is not a surprise that there have been reported sightings of scary clowns around the country as we approach Halloween. However, there have been more sightings than usual causing the media to take note. The national scare began on Aug. 21 in Greenville, South Carolina with several scary clown sightings in their area. Apparently, residents reported that suspicious clowns were trying to lure children into the woods using candy and money as enticement. Although no scary clowns have been found, the threat is there and residents are warning parents to keep their children inside at night.  Since that report other sighting have emerged around the country in  Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

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The cultural perception of clowns has changed with time. Baby Boomers loved Bozo the clown and we all love when Cameron dresses as a Fizbo clown on Modern Family.  However, Steven King changed everything when he created the terrifying clown, Pennywise from “It”. And, unfortunately there was a real life serial killer, John Wayne Gacy, who dressed as Pogo the Clown  and killed at least 33 young boys and young men in the 1970s. That changed the perception of clowns forever. Since then, clowns have appeared in countless horror movies creating “coulrophobia”, the excessive fear of clowns in both children and adults.

The clown concern is no laughing matter. Most recently,  seven (two adults and 5 juveniles) face felony charges of making a terrorist threat. Scary clowns appeared on FB threatening schools and children.
With the ongoing evolution of the horror genre, kids no longer love the fun exaggerated faces of clowns. That is certainly doing damage to those clowns that are actually trying to provide laughter and fun for young children and adults as well. That being said, not aware that the national media would be discussing scary clown sightings, we we have created scary clown novelty socks to show off your fun side with no intention to scare people but only to have a little fun with all of the coulrophobiacs that you might raise your pant hem for.

So, this Halloween season, don’t be afraid to give a kindly scare to your family and friends, with your own pair of scary clown socks!

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