Crying inside? Creepy craze no joke for real clowns
This year's nationwide creepy clown craze has become a nightmare before Halloween for actual, working clowns, who say their bookings at parties and other events have dropped sharply, even after many of the social media-fueled scary clown sightings have turned out to be hoaxes.
"It's definitely a scary feeling leaving your house, and you fear you are going to get jumped because you're dressed as a clown,"
The World Clown Association - comprised of more than 2,000 members in 30 countries - has been flooded with calls from scared performers. It's been sending out safety tips, suggesting clowns consider changing into their costumes when they arrive at a party or go with a handler.
Children in Ohio and Texas have been charged with making clown-related threats to school classmates.
So. A nationwide creepy clown craze. A World Clown Association. Clown-related threats.