Irrational fear of . . . Clowns. Funny and creepy.

Irrational fear of  . . . Clowns. Funny and creepy.

My most irrational fear is a fear of clowns. It even sounds funny. I’m not sure when it started. My mom collected clowns for many years. I’m so glad she moved on to collecting lighthouses.
I was more afraid of a clown being the boogeyman than dealing with a real boogeyman. I don’t even like to think about it. I can’t even talk about the movie “It” too much. After watching it, I couldn’t sleep for weeks. (Why was that kid talking to a clown in the sewer anyway?)
There can be something a little sinister about a person wearing a mask. Or maybe it’s the red nose. Or the big floppy shoes.
Whatever it is, I realize that the fear is irrational. Someday maybe I’ll get help for it. Until then I will be staying away from the circus.
I don’t even like putting this clown picture on here. Hopefully, other people will see the point. There is some creep factor even in the most innocent looking clowns. 🙂

I borrowed this photo. Clearly, I will not be taking pictures of clowns anytime soon.


I’m trying to get over my fear of clowns. The first step was to go to the circus. Second step, I had my picture taken with a clown. He hardly creeped me out at all. He might have been as scared of me as I was of him.

I also did an interview with Twiztid. They wear a lot of makeup. Very scary stuff. Maybe I’ll be able to sleep tonight. Maybe not. Let’s hope I don’t dream about clowns too much.



  1. I agree with you. There does seem to be something a little creepy about clowns. I’m not afraid of them, but I definitely don’t want one sneaking up on me. The more I stare at them, the more their eyes and crazy hair start to look deranged.

    1. My friend bought me a shirt that said “Can’t sleep, clowns will eat me.” I wish I still had it. 🙂 Thanks for commenting. 🙂

  2. I am realising this fear is not uncommon. My son used to have it. This is just guessing, but it could be something to do with their unpredictability, sometimes in a bad and sinister way, that is lurking behind a child-friendly façade.

  3. Funny, I have always loved clowns. My dad was a fan of Emmet Kelly, perhaps the most famous clown of my age, though younger than me think only of “it”. I didn’t enjoy the book, so I never watched the movie, probably my saving grace. Of course there was also Clara Bell, and I seem to remember a childs half hour show on in the morning but once we got a TV in my house, I was almost too old for those shows. Look up some happier, fun, and cute clowns online. Really, clowns can be fun.

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