Coulrophobia is the medical term for an insane fear of clowns. The evil clown costume plays off this fear, making it the ideal Halloween costume. Many people are creeped out by clowns but a small population is abnormally terrified. Even the happy circus type will elicit terror.
Clowns have given us many reasons to be scared. Take John Wayne Gacy for example. By day, he entertained at kids’ parties as Pogo the Clown and by night, he was a demented torturer, rapist and murderer. Executed in 1994, now we only have his evil zombie clown to deal with. Between serial killers and horror films its no wonder people suffer from clown phobia.
Many celebrities have admitted to being afraid of clowns too. Sean “P. Diddy” Combs has a “no clown” clause in his concert contracts. Actor, Johnny Depp was quoted in 1999 saying, “Something about the painted face, the fake smile. There always seemed to be a darkness lurking just under the surface, a potential for real evil” Even Daniele Radcliffe, aka Harry Potter, comedienne Carol Burnett and chef Anthony Bourdain suffer from coulrophobia. I feel bad for them because chances are high that they will encounter someone in an Evil Jester Costumes one of these Halloweens.
Bands like Insane Clown Posse have taken this fear to a completely new level, revolving their sound, lyrics and costumes around a “Dark Carnival” theme called horrocore. With album names like Carnival of Carnage and a tour called House of Horror, the duo also known as Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J wear “insane” black and white clown makeup. Costume SuperCenter will offer their newly licensed Insane Clown Posse masks on their website this Halloween.
Coulrophobia is very real! Halloween is when all of our deepest darkest fears come to life. Evil Clown costumes will give even the mildly frightened a full blown cased of coulrophobia.