The Scary Clown Statue

A teenage girl was babysitting for some neighbor friends one night, a young boy and girl. The parents were collectors of clown statues and had collected clowns from around the world for years. They had decorated a room just to put the clowns on display. After the parents had left for a night alone of dinner and a movie, the children were playing in the clown room. Many of the clowns were just statues, and some were life-sized, one in particular, was seated in a small rocking chair.

The babysitter started to feel creepy about this statue throughout the night. She felt as though the eyes were following her, whenever she moved around the room with the children. When the parents finished dinner, they decided to call and check on the children. The babysitter decided to ask about this scary clown statue asking the parents, "I was wondering if I could move this clown that you have in the rocking chair, it's starting to scare me and the kids." "What clown are you talking about? I don't recall us having a scary clown sitting in the rocking chair. Are you sure it's the rocker it is sitting in?" the mother asked frantically. "Yes, I'm sure." said the girl. "It's sitting right here, I'm looking at it right now, Why? I know it's probably very old and I shouldn't attempt to move it out of the way, perhaps just covering it with a sheet or blanket." "Take the kids and get out of the house, now. The neighbor across the street will let you in. We will call you there in a few minutes." and with that, the mother hung up.

Frightened and confused, the babysitter grabbed the kids and ran out. When she arrived safely at the neighbors, she told the neighbor what was going on, and shortly the parents called. "What's wrong? Did something happen? Are you all okay?" the mother asked. "Yes, we are fine, but what is going on, and why are you worried about us? I'm so glad you told us about the clown statue we were afraid this would happen again. We will be there shortly, along with the police, I'll explain everything when we get there." and the mother hung up.

The parents later explained to the girl that for some time, they were being stalked by a mentally ill man that wished to do harm to the children. On numerous occasions he had snuck into their house and tried to kidnap the children. This time, he dressed up in a clown suit, painted his face, and waited quietly until he had the opportunity to do what he came to do.

The parents had informed the police many times but the man had always seemed to elude them, and the police. They thanked the girl, paid her, and drove her home.

Another Variation of the Creepy Clown Statue

A teen female was babysitting for a wealthy family with a very large house, location - Newport Beach, California.

The parents planned on dinner out and a late movie. Wanting to ease the babysitter's concerns about being in such a large house, the father directs that the babysitter use a certain tv room after putting the kids to bed, so she can hear the kids easily should they awaken before the parents' return. After the parents leave, the babysitter visits with the children, and they all share a nice supper that was prepared ahead of time by the kids' mother. Afterward, the babysitter spends time with the kids doing various activities before their bedtime. Nothing is amiss and all are having a pretty good time and enjoying each other.

After the babysitter puts the kids to bed, she goes downstairs to the room mentioned by the father of the household. She understands that this is the best room to be in so that she can hear the children should they stir in their sleep and need her to come and comfort them, but she is bothered by the clown statue in the corner of the room. To her, it is very unnerving! She tries to ignore the clown statue and watches a little television, but finally, her nerves get the better of her and she dials the father's cell number. She knows she shouldn't disturb the couple she is babysitting for, but under the circumstance, she felt it best to phone and ask permission to go against the prior directions to stay in the father's room of choice. Perhaps he would be able to suggest a similarly convenient place in the home for listening for noise from the children. Of course, she also wouldn't want to get in trouble for directly disobeying, either.

When the father answers his cell phone, the babysitter asks, "Would it be alright with you if I find a different place in the house to sit - or if I go read quietly with the little lamp in one of the kids' rooms while I wait for you to get home?" When the father asks if it might not be better for her to just read from the tv room, she admits, "I know this sounds very silly, but I'd rather read upstairs and don't mind not watching tv until you get home because this big clown statue in the TV room is really creepy!"

Immediately, the father says, "Go upstairs, get the kids - quickly - " and he outlines a quick route through the large house to the back door. "Go directly to the neighbor's house - phone me once you're there - go do this now!" Alarmed, the babysitter asks, "Wow, what's going on?" The father just repeats, "Go now, follow my instructions exactly - go!" The babysitter does exactly as instructed, and once she gets the kids to the neighbor's house, she calls the father back. "What was all that about" the babysitter asked. "We do not own any kind of clown statue!" the father replied. "I have already phoned the police and they are on their way over to the stay put with the kids - we are on our way to meet you at the neighbors."

The e-mail version of The Clown Statue

One variant circulating in the form of an e-mail ("...if you don't repost to 10 peeps within 5 minutes," the message warns, "the clown will be standing next 2 your bed at 3:00 a.m. with a knife in his hand...") makes the "midget clown" out to be a murderer who has escaped from prison:

Subject: Fwd: clown

This is creepy.

A few years ago a mother and a father decided they needed a break, so they wanted to head out for a night on the town. So they called their most trusted babysitter. When the babysitter arrived the two children were already fast asleep in bed. So the babysitter just got to sit around and make sure everything was okay with the children.

Later in the night, the babysitter got bored and so she wanted to watch TV but she couldn't watch it downstairs because they didn't have cable downstairs (the parents didn't want their children watching too much garbage) so she called them and asked them if she could watch cable TV in the parents room. Of course the parents said it was ok, but the babysitter had one final request. She asked if she could cover up the large clown statue in their bedroom with a blanket or cloth, because it made her nervous. The phone line was silent for a moment, and the father (who was talking to the babysitter at the time) said..... Take the children and get out of the house..... We'll call the police... we don't have a clown statue..... The children and the babysitter got murdered by the clown. It turned out 2 be that the clown was a killer that escaped from jail.

If you don't repost to 10 peeps within 5 minutes the clown will be standing next 2 your bed at 3:00am with a knife in his hand....

Coulrophobia: fear of clowns

In any case, an irrational fear of clowns is a recognized clinical phobia known as Coulrophobia. It's more widespread than one might think, especially among children. A study conducted by the University of Sheffield in England found that all of the more than 250 children surveyed disliked clown images as part of the decor in hospitals. Even some of the older children, some of them in their mid-teens, found the images frightening. "As adults we make assumptions about what works for children," one of the authors of the study was quoted as saying. "We found that clowns are universally disliked by children. Some found them frightening and unknowable."

That "unknowing" the researcher spoke of may be the key to clowns' essential creepiness, not to mention the horror they're capable of evoking in movies and urban legends. We're accustomed to reading people's emotional states and motivations in their facial expressions. Who knows what evil may lurk beneath a clown's painted face? Children do, apparently. Perhaps it's a lesson worth remembering.