By: Anahi Ventura
A 10 year old boy walks home from his school. While he walks, he is greeted by something so terrifying he can’t believe what his eyes are seeing. In front of him, stands a person with a chalk white face, glassy black eyes that stared him down with a devilish grin. Plastered with a big red smile on his face, but this thing is far from happy. Dressed as a typical clown, except this one doesn’t have bright fluorescent colors. Instead, this one was dressed as if he just rolled in a pile of dirt with clingy and frayed material. The scariest thing wasn’t just the appearance, but the small whispers coming from his mouth, reeling him to come into the woods.Unexpectedly, the clown starts to move slowly towards him, that’s when the boy starts running.
With Halloween just around the corner, people should be preparing themselves for a safe Halloween because they have to worry about creepy clowns making a special appearance. All across the country, creepy clown sightings have spooked up the nation. Within the past month, the number of clown sightings have increased majorly.
The first clown sighting was on August 21st, when a group of kids reportedly saw clowns trying to lure them into the woods with large amounts of money. Since then, many more clown sightings have been reported. For example, in Pennsylvania, it was reported that two people, dressed up as clowns, were driving around in a pickup truck trying to scare children and teenagers. This has also caused schools to be on the edge due to online threats by clowns.
Many people have had different reactions towards these clown sighting, even professional clowns have had a say in this topic. Elizabeth, mother of four, said, “This year I'm not taking my kids trick or treating because I’m worried that these clowns are gonna be on the loose on Halloween night.” Kathy, her 10 year old daughter, said, “I was scared about the clowns that's why I didn't want to go this year trick or treating,” she also added, “that's why I had the idea of having a costume party. That way we can have fun and be safe at the same time.”
Professional clowns have also had a few words to say about these creepy clown sightings. They’ve even gone as far as creating a #clownlivesmatter movement. Some people find that the hashtag is offensive towards the black lives matter movement, but professional clowns believe they deserve the same respect as every other profession.David McCullough,a professional clown, said to Statement News, “A lot of times, if I see that there is no genuine fear, I will just talk to them. I want them to think about it. Hate is just a strong word and it is one that I really don't like myself. I want to say -how can you hate clowns...you don't even know me. If you got to know me and who I am, you might feel differently,” he also added, “I am a person too.”
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