Send in the Clowns!

Fort Worth Haunted House Cutting Edge takes advantage of a natural fear of clowns.

Although the term Coulrophobia was only coined sometime in the 1980’s, the fear of clowns has been in existence about as long as clowns themselves.

It seems ironic that clowns are sought after as entertainment for children’s birthday parties, when children have an innate, instinctive fear of clowns. In fact, one study done by the University of Sheffield in England found that children did not favor clown d├ęcor in the hospital or doctor’s office settings. After conducting a survey to solicit the youngsters’ opinions on a new hospital design, researchers concluded that “clowns are universally disliked by children.”

Children may naturally fear clowns due to the mismatched combination of a familiar body type with an unfamiliar face, but adults’ fears are more likely linked to a distinct suspicion of the man lurking behind the makeup. They distrust him. They wonder what he’s hiding. Notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy was a clown.

Gacy liked to dress up in a clown costume and entertain at children’s parties and hospitals. He famously once told police officers, “You know, a clown can get away with anything.” Gacy was convicted of 33 counts of murder.

For those with a serious case of coulrophobia, ihateclowns.com provides a forum for like-minded individuals. There’s also an “I Hate Clowns” Facebook page with nearly half a million likes. Some circuses actually hold workshops to help people get over their fear of clowns.

Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth takes full advantage of all of this fear and loathing to portray the clown in his true persona; as an evil, twisted, bloodthirsty fiend who haunts your dreams and punctuates your nightmares! Armed with roaring chainsaws and wearing crooked, devilish grins, Cutting Edge’s not-so-cute circus performers lurk around every corner, waiting to terrify unsuspecting patrons with their creepy, disturbing countenances.

Who’s laughing now?