After a lull, the clown fear of 2016 may be returning. This time, it's in Pennsylvania, and starts with children:
The children were playing hide-and-go-seek in the woods, when around 4:15 p.m. they said two men dressed like scary clowns and carrying weapons approached them.
“They were chasing us,” Dylan Milkowski, 8, said.
What a primal American horror scene: the forest, some children, then armed clowns.
The story then shifts to the adult perspective:
“I said to my kids, ‘Are you lying or something?’ and they were like ‘No, we’re being really serious.’ I looked over and they showed me where they were and there’s two guys running up a hillside,” Milkowski said.
Milkowski said he started yelling at the men.
“I just said ‘Hey what are you doing over here?’ and they just kept running and everything,” Milkowski recounted.
Dylan said the men were intimidating, especially because they were armed.
“They had clown outfits on. They had clown masks. They had pipes and they had shotguns,” Dylan added. According to his dad, one of the men was carrying a shotgun and the other was carrying a pipe.
Is it time for a new clown panic, or is this just part of American folklore now?
(thanks to Ed Webb)