The sinister trend has carried over onto social media, with a number of reports of people setting up Twitter or Facebook accounts as clowns
and making threats to attack schools.
ChildLine has been dealing with calls from children terrified by the wave of clown
sightings, with volunteers in both Cardiff and Prestatyn delivering counselling sessions online and over the phone.
James Kelly wrote: "Some people have a genuine fear of clowns
, I have family member who hates them and it's not funny.
Worried parents say older children wearing masks and clown
suits have been chasing young kids in Dunbar.
Australian police have issued strong warnings to those dressing as clowns
, saying they could be committing criminal acts or become victims if scared citizens attack them.
Social media users also have claimed creepy clowns
have been spotted on Coburg Road near McKenzie View Drive, and in the town of Coburg.
Doctors New Zealand Charitable Trust started in Christchurch in 2009 and expanded to Auckland in 2010 and Wellington in 2012.
But children's entertainer Bob Bonkers laughed off claims that clowns
were in danger of dying out.
The painting "Clown
on Stairs" featured an innocent-looking clown
trying to climb a wooden ladder, with one foot on a water glass and the other on a wobbly table.
Those taking part earned points for each event they won and the clown
that picked up the most points was awarded the title of Clown
Athlete of the Year.
After attracting a bull's attention, rodeo clowns
might try to escape the bull by climbing out of the arena or by taking cover behind a barrel that's in the arena.
And in this partnering (which is the currency by which clowns
equalize value) what system hasn't gained status against the figure of the clown
-hero attempting to subdue it, and failing, falling, rising up again, failing, and falling, and rising up again.
One of them said, `My brother is the president of Central Mass Clowns
, you need to call him.
If you need the correct answer, it could be the makeup, or the circus, but the proper answer is that we all laugh at the clowns
Although the title implies a comprehensive approach to English clowning, the book is concerned primarily with the specific instances of clowns
operating as "religio-political" satirists, more specifically: the use of blackface fools, the adoption of traditions of misrule by religious propagandists, the puritan as clown
in pamphlet satire and on the stage, and the royal fool as evinced by the two editions of Shakespeare's King Lear.