In the past month, there have been several creepy clown sightings reported in different neighborhoods in both North Carolina and South Carolina. Multiple reports describing scary clowns trying to lure kids into the woods with large sums of money, candy and even green glowing lights have been filed. Clowns are creepy enough as it is, and now we have to deal with creepy clowns living in the woods? Nightmares for everyone!
The first sightings were in Greenville, South Carolina on August 20 at the Fleetwood Manor Apartments. Multiple people called the police saying they saw "a suspicious person dressed in circus clown clothing and white face paint" trying to lure kids from the neighborhood into the woods behind the complex. Other kids said they saw a group of clowns with glowing green lights.
Donna Arnold, a resident at the Fleetwood Manor Apartments, told the local news that her son saw the clowns and at first she didn’t believe him. She said, “At first, I thought he was telling a fib and I said, ‘Go in the house and we'll talk about this again,’ because I didn't want it all over the place... And then the next day, there was like 30 kids that came up to me and said, ‘Ms. Donna, Ms. Donna, there's clowns in the woods.’ My child was with me, so I knew they had to see something. There was more than one kid that seen [sic] them, so I feel confident that he was telling the truth.”
Two days later, also in South Carolina and not too far away from the first incident, a 12-year-old told police that she saw two clowns in the backyard of Shemwood Apartments at around 10 p.m. Deputies said this was the third report of that clown called in that night.
The next day, another sighting was reported in the same area, on Deoyley Avenue in the Pleasant Valley community. This is either one busy clown, or there are several creepy clowns taking over an entire community. Either theory makes my skin crawl.
The sightings didn’t stop there. Ten days later, a family called from Emerald Commons Apartments (20 minutes from the first sighting) saying a child saw a man wearing a clown mask in the woods behind the apartment complex. But wait, there’s more. The day after that, officers responded to Haywood Apartments on Congaree Road after a woman reported seeing a middle-aged white man in clown makeup and red hair. Dad, is that you?
Then, another creepy clown made a cameo in Greensboro, North Carolina on Monday at an apartment complex called The Park at Oak Ridge. According to police spokeswoman Susan Danielsen, a man chased the masked, red-haired person wearing a yellow dotted shirt and blue pants into the woods with a machete.
So it looks like the clowns smushed into their clown car and migrated north because there were three reported clown sightings in the last three days in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. First, Sunday night, two children saw a clown about 8:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of E. 29th Street. They claim that the clown was trying to lure them into the woods with candy. The clown was described as wearing white overalls, white gloves and red shoes and had bushy red hair, a white face and red nose. Another call came in hours later, at midnight, reporting that a clown was spotted on Hope Street in the same area.
Wait just one damn minute. Didn’t they announce that there is a remake in the works for Stephen King’s It? It is scheduled to come out in 2017, and these creepy clowns may be a publicity stunt. Even if it is, it's terrifying and needs to stop right this instant.