clown phobia

Are you afraid of clowns?

clownsMy high school ministry is headed to Hume Lake for summer camp, and this year’s camp theme is all about clowns. The title is “Hey Rube!”, which is ridiculously ambiguous, but all of the promo material has clowns all over it.

I didn’t expect this, but we have had DOZENS of kids tell us that they are scared to death of clowns. I’ll usually say something like, “Yeah right, haha… no you aren’t.” But they’re usually staring back at me in a frightened daze as they picture clowns stabbing people or something.

How does this happen? How do people become scared of clowns? Was it because of Pennywise? Did some birthday parties go south earlier in life?

I think this whole thing is ridiculous… but if you Google “clown phobia” you can see a thousand websites that offer to help people with clown fears (most of them want money to help). This lady has issues that extend beyond clowns…

I’ve actually had a few kids say that they aren’t going to camp this year because of the theme. That upsets me. They went when the theme was about PIRATES! I guarantee that pirates kill more people each year than clowns do. I’d bet that SHEEP kill more people each year than clowns do.

Would you stay home to avoid the clowns? What theme would you stay home to avoid? What are you scared of, you big scaredy cat?

I’ll go first: NOTHING.