If you were planning on donning a big red nose, frizzy rainbow hair and clownish facepaint, you may want to rethink your Halloween costume. The Guardian reports that school districts everywhere are banning scary clown costumes and masks this year.
Many school districts from New Jersey to Connecticut and Pennsylvania are drawing the line at adorning a red nose, rainbow hair wig, and freaky clown makeup. The Denver Public School System put out this statement, "To ensure the safety of our students, Denver Public School System is banning all clown costumes from our school premise this Halloween season" spoke, Alexa Renteria in an interview she gave with 9News.
In Montclair New Jersey, the school superintendent, Ron Bolandi had an anti-clown written statement as well. Bolandi addressed the district and parents by writing, "I am asking for your cooperation in no allowing your children to dress up as clowns at any school event due to the possible disruption and fear it may cause.'' He went on to say that those who do not follow these guidelines will be asked to change or will be sent home.
Not only are schools saying no to clowns, but so are festivals and other Halloween costume contests. The Belmont Boo Festival in North Carolina put a ban on clown costumes participating in this year's festivities. The fear of rogue clowns is no laughing matter. In Kemper, Mississippi the county ordinance and sheriff has made it illegal for anyone to dress as a clown until November 1st. Think they are joking? Those who break this law will be fined $150.
Recent clown sightings across the U.S. have gone beyond a fearful glimpse of a clown across the street and have turned into violent clown run-ins. For example, one clown in the New York City area threatened a teen with a knife during a subway ride while another clown encounter had a pair of evil clowns attempting to lure a child into the woods in Greenville, South Carolina. The eerie stories become even more so as other instances have been anything (and everything) from clowns chasing citizens with roaring chainsaws to clowns clinging to the back of schools buses inducing mayhem and panic.
Hopefully, after the Halloween season passes, we can all forget the angry clown craze.
Are you looking for an alternative costume? Try this day-to-night Halloween costume — all you need is some ribbon and a $5 paper blind: