This is part of a series of articles on how to combat the fear of clowns, CLICK HERE to read the other articles on the “creepy clown” stereotype
Okay, it’s that time of year again.
Halloween means there will be lots of folks wanting to be scary clowns.
Most of you know I also own a costume rental shop. There are some things you CAN’T FIND in my shop: Scary clowns and disrespectful religious costumes: pregnant nuns, lecherous priests, etc.
My staff knows to just say no to those requests.
Every once in a while a customer requires a more detailed explanation.
“I am a clown; I love clowns. I can’t support people making the world afraid of clowns, even if it is only for ONE DAY out of the year. You being a scary clown makes my job harder the rest of the year. You intend to frighten people, I intend to make them happy. So, no — we do not do scary clowns here.”
Saying no to disrespectful religious costumes is just as easy.
They ask “Do you have pregnant nun costumes? No, why not?”
I say “I’m Catholic and I find it disrespectful. Besides I have many friends who are nuns and priests. We have lots of other really fun costumes, let me show you!”
If you are asked to dress up as a scary clown this Halloween, I hope you will be able to shed a little light on WHY you won’t do that. It’s worth it, even if you help just one person stop and think about the damage they do to clowns for their short night of thrills.
Need more “meat” to your argument? Read Ron Jaffe’s response to a recent Facebook post about why dressing up as a creepy clown at a fright-ride or haunted house is a BADIDEA! I couldn’t have said it better myself.
Read more articles about coulrophobia and creepy clowns:
- Stopping Scary Clowns – Part 1
- Stopping Scary Clowns – Part 2
- It is Coulrophobia? Or is it bullying?
- Responding to “You might scare kids”
- Clowns are gifts, not creeps
- Great come-backs for “I hate clowns”
- Why creepy clowns are wrong, wrong, wrong
- She faced her fear of clowns!
How have you been able to combat the stereotype of “scary clowns”? Have you been asked to dress up in a creepy way?
Post a reply below or comment on our Facebook page about your experiences and successes with changing people’s minds. We would LOVE to hear some more happy endings!