The History Of Creepy Clowns

By: Savannah Allen 

Clowns have been around for many years. They were first made popular by the circus in the 19th century. The clowns would give the kids balloons and they would do large acts depending on the crowd. Clowns have been around ever since. However, now they are less of a symbol of joy and more of a symbol of terror.


On November 18, 1990 Stephen King released the movie IT. People’s perspective of clowns quickly changed after the film (inspired by the real life horrors of John Wayne Gacy’s killings), and parents quit inviting them to kids’ parties;  consequently, their need in the circus went down substantially. Critics posted reviews of the movie and said that the film offers up a creepy and spooky tale and is sure to give nightmares relating to clowns. The general consensus was that clowns will never be looked at the same again. After this movie was out, clowns  disappeared due to their poor image.


Now in 2016 they have returned. We have random people dressing up in clown costumes trying to lure little kids in the woods. The first “clown sighting” was August 29, 2016 in Greenville, South Carolina. From then on they have been in many states like North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Kentucky, New York, Pennsylvania, and

Wisconsin. They have made the news plenty of times and one story that made theclown-large_transqvzuuqpflyliwib6ntmjwfsvwez_ven7c6bhu2jjnt8 news was in LaGrange, Georgia where several people made calls about clowns trying to talk to children and trying to abduct them from local schools. There have been many more and some of them are worse than the school one. Social media has been pictures of clowns being places and videos of what people are doing to them or what the clowns have been doing.

By the way, a reboot of It comes out in September of 2017:



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