The scary clown phenomenon has spread like wildfire in the US, with dozens of reports of terrifying clowns luring children into the woods, roaming the streets at night, or even holding a giant knife and trying to break into a suburban home.
The hysteria around the clown sightings in the US is so high that clown costumes are being banned from Halloween parties, McDonald’s has temporarily retired its clown mascot, and retail giant Target has pulled clown masks from the shelves.
And now, reports creepy clowns are being coming in from around Europe. And while those in the US have generally been non-aggressive, the same can’t be said for their European counterparts.
In the UK, a knife-wielding clown attempted to snatch a three-month-old baby, while others were filmed taunting drivers from a roundabout. One man was left “permanently disfigured” after being attacked by a clown with a knife who slashed at his hand (an incident that was later debunked), and another suffered a gash on his head after a clown threw a log at him.
But Britons have the hero they deserve: a masked vigilante dressed as Batman who has been patrolling the streets and fending off creepy clowns (actually a publicity stunt by a local costume maker).
In Sweden, local authorities have been overwhelmed by reports of creepy clown sightings. One man was stabbed in the shoulder by a clown armed with a knife, while another was assaulted with a broken bottle.
Two days ago, Germany registered their first reports of a creepy clown.
While the creepy clowns seem to be getting closer, sightings have yet to be reported here in the Czech Republic.