NEW YORK, U.S. - Halloween, the most creepy day of the year is already giving people nightmares, even before it has actually arrived. The recent scare that clowns gave to people ...
• Tradition to scare has now gone out of control, psychologists claim
• Harmless Halloween activities to continue
• U.K. bars ban customers dressed up as clowns
NEW YORK, U.S. - Halloween, the most creepy day of the year is already giving people nightmares, even before it has actually arrived.
The recent scare that clowns gave to people in different parts of the world has led to a widespread fear psychosis that is driving people away from anything related to creepy killer clowns this festive season.
The incidents were not only reported in United States but in several European countries as well.
While it caught the governments’ eyes, the German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière has announced a “zero tolerance” policy against creepy clowns.
In Europe and the United States people found these clowns scary as they thirsted for blood and aimed at alarming people. Believing that Halloween could be a platform for things to get much worse - clown costumes have even been banned in some parts of the world.
At the same time, the string of incidents have led professional clowns to claim that these creepy clowns who kept popping up in different countries weren’t the ‘real’ clowns.
Maizière said, “This has nothing to do with harmless Halloween activities, anymore.” Adding that police officials would be on high alert over the coming days, in particular.
According to an analysis, there have been at least 30 attacks, robberies or assaults by perpetrators in clown costumes over the past weeks in Germany.
Similar cases and incidents were registered in other parts of Europe, including in the United Kingdom.
Some bars in the U.K. have even announced that they would not allow any customers wearing clown costumes on Halloween as a precautionary measure. U.K. has decided to arrange more security to prevent the fear psychosis from turning into anything untoward.
A German psychologist and threat management expert Jens Hoffmann said, “Scaring others has a long tradition, especially during Halloween,” and added “But this has now gotten out of control; there is a major bandwagon effect.”
Germany is not the only country suffering. The creepy clown phenomenon even managed to get the attention of the White House and the Press Secretary Josh Earnest was even asked about the recent spate of creepy clown arrests.
The rumour about killer clown this Halloween first emerged on Facebook, which warned citizens to stay indoors in order to avoid getting hurt by roaming clowns.
The first location rumoured to be attacked by the killer clowns was in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania.
Till date, the list has expanded to New York, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, North and South Carolina, Ohio, Wisconsin, Louisiana, and Colorado.
A costume store owner from Canada, Patricia Graham said, “This year, we haven't rented any clowns. From what we've been hearing from people that are going to events, it's kind of ‘don't dress as a clown,’ just at ‘your own risk’ if you want to dress as a clown.”
Kent Sheets, Vice President of the Southeast Clown Association and known as KA-YO the clown said, “The creepy clowns were hurting business while parents are now associating clowns with criminals. The people playing pranks and committing crimes while dressed as clowns are forcing a change in the industry.”
“You have some of that every year. This year seems to be worse than ever. Those scaring people are not clowns. They are people in clown masks,” Sheets added.
Even several schools in different parts
With law enforcement officials on high alert this Halloween, it might be wise to turn your spook on in all ways but the clown way, this year.