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Bozo Takes a Hit

Kiddie Soiree: Bozo Gets Clowned

I think it's creepy when horror movies incorporate circus music and clown images into their scary scenes. Though I don't mind clowns, I've seen a fair share of kids freak out the second they saw Bozo.

So it's not too surprising that the Nursing Standard magazine reports that children are afraid of clowns.

Researchers from the University of Sheffield asked 250 children ages four through 16 whether they liked the use of clowns. All of them said they found clowns scary.

Penny Curtis, a senior lecturer in research at the university said,

"We found that clowns are universally disliked by children. Some found them quite frightening and unknowable."

So before you book entertainment for your babe's next birthday, you might think twice about the options.


PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 9 years
Yes, Advah, clowns are boring! I don't like mimes either. I guess it must be the whole made up face thing that freaks me out.
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 9 years
I've always thought clowns were scary. I don't know why. I still don't like them. I know it's odd, but I feel uneasy around clowns! I also don't like those jester dolls. I don't know if that's what they are actually called, but I'm talking about the ones that have the 3 tipped cap with jingles on the tips. They look like the Joker. I do know why I'm scared of those, though. My grandmother had one in the bedroom that we (the grandchildren) all spent the night in. It sat on a cedar chest at the end of the bed, looking at the bed. I swear, I would wake up after hearing those jingles & thinking that thing had moved. Those dolls still give me the creeps.
Advah Advah 9 years
I wouldn't blame films for everything. I've never seen a film with a scary clown, yet I've always been really grossed out by clowns. Don't ask me why, I don't have any specific reason. A combinatin of gross makeup, tacky colours, plastic wigs, ugly clothes, sad and inhuman look on their face.. I also never found them funny at all, just super boring.
ellipsery ellipsery 9 years
I was never afraid of clowns as a child, and I still can't see why people are so afraid of them.
CJaneTyp CJaneTyp 9 years
I hate clowns. Dolls too. Just freaky to me.
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