It was a warm, late afternoon
not quite October thirty-first
Sunset would soon reveal itself
he put the car in reverse
Looking in the rear-view mirror
ready to part from the stall
His eyes blinked several times
he couldn’t believe what he saw
A creepy sort of clown with
the head bent to the right
He thought, “what the hell?”
he was thankful for daylight
He doesn’t scare quite easily
he’s been toughened by the screen
But trepidation did descend
though not in the least to be seen
However, his time was precious
So, he quickly chose to ignore
There was no sign of weapon
there was no want for rapport
He certainly made the right move
to turn the other cheek
It wasn’t smart at all to provoke
yet, he wasn’t acting weak
This day’s entertainment was scary
Clowns used to be rather comical
It was not only dreadfully creepy
It was surely psychological
Nevertheless, this tale ends happily
we’re extremely grateful he was safe
But fun comes in interesting forms now
this afternoon, it was eerily displayed
Lauren Scott © 2017
(This was from my son’s experience last year at his college apartment. Many of you have seen this, but I thought it would work for another year. And I was going to add a creepy clown photo, but they were too scary!)
So, have a fun and safe Halloween week and watch out for those clowns! 🎃
39 thoughts on “A Halloween Fright”
Yes, clowns were once comical – but not anymore thanks to movies 😦
A sight like what your son saw would have given most people a start. Good that he held himself together.
All good wishes,
I know, thanks to movies! Clowns and dolls. Creepy! 🙂 He’s pretty logical, so staying calm came naturally – that and the fact that he was in a hurry and didn’t have time to deal with the scene. 🙂 We’re thankful that the person didn’t do anything else to engage him, either. Thanks, Eric, for your feedback. Hugs, my friend, and have a good day!
Okay, this is why I don’t like clowns or Halloween. That would have scared me to death! I’m glad your son was okay, Lauren.
I’m the same way, Jill. Christmas is my favorite. I even thought of adding a clown photo to this, but what came up on Google scared me! 🙂 Thanks, Jill. ❤
“But fun comes in interesting forms now”
As do many things these days “interesting”. Creepy, scary increasingly so. 😦
You make a good point, Ben. 😦
No scary characters for me please…Happy Halloween Lauren. Lovely poem.
Same for me, Balroop. I love Christmas! I’m glad you liked the poem, too. Have a safe Halloween, my friend. ❤
As long as the clowns stay away from my Halloween treats, they’re okay by me.
They better stay away! I don’t think they like chocolate, though, so you probably don’t have anything to worry about.
Yikes! Your poor son, Lauren! Clowns are scary at the best of times. Wishing you a Happy Halloween!
Luckily, the person didn’t engage any further and my son was calm and in a hurry to get from A to B. So, it all worked out safely. It’s funny, when I was younger, I wore a hand sewn clown costume made from my mom for many Halloweens. Now, clowns are scarier, probably due to movies, as Eric mentioned. So clowns and dolls are two of my least favorite things. Anyway, wishing you a safe Halloween, too, my friend. ❤🎃
I remember this one, Lauren – glad you published it again. Scary experience indeed, and certainly appropriate for Halloween – and all year round these days.
Hope you’re having a good Monday! 💕
Thanks, Betty! I thought it would be good for a second round. 🙂 Sorry for the late reply; here it is Wednesday already! It was a scary experience and very random, but glad it all turned out okay. Tonight we’re passing out candy, but it’s been slow the last couple of years. So we shall see. I bought less candy this time. Hope you’re doing okay. Sometimes, all we can do is hang in there. Sending comforting hugs your way. 💕💕
Lauren, I don’t know where the time goes either. Halloween already….we don’t expect many here either, which is fine with us.
Am doing okay, thank you! Hope all’s going as well as possible with you too. Hugs back to you. 🙂❤️❤️ Will be answering your email soon! 💕
Ah, yes, clowns can be scary! Great story!
I used to like them, Barbara, but movies have changed their character, now just scary. I was going to add a photo from Google, too, but even the images scared me! 🙂 I’m glad you liked the poem-thank you! Happy Halloween and stay safe! ❤🎃
Same to you!
A shame that something that was once fun has become scary. Good poem though Lauren, and I like you am much more of a Christmas person. Bring it on!
I agree, Alison, and thanks about the poem, too! Yes, bring on Christmas! It’s not too far away. Tomorrow is Nov. 1st! How time flies faster each year! 🙂 Happy Halloween, my friend! 🎃💗
What is it with clowns these days…they used to be such friendly, happy folk, or at least that’s what we were led to believe! Some movies would have us believe that behind every clown face, there is a sad, psychotic killer! Not my idea of fun…
I think times have changed. Your perception which echoes mine is a sign of the times. Now, movies have made them scarier and not so fun anymore. Too bad. My mom made me a clown costume when I was younger and I wore that many times – a happy clown was I. 🙂 But that’s just not what we see anymore. And not my idea of fun, either. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Halloween!
Even as a child, I found clowns frightening. My dad LOVED clowns, but for a different reason. He thought they represented a person hiding his/her sadness through the mask of the clown. Now, clowns have a bad name. It’s too bad. Great poem!
Your dad may be right in his thinking, who knows? I liked them years ago and viewed them more as fun. My mom made me a clown costume that I wore for many years. But I think over the years, they’ve become even scarier. It is too bad, but I know this clown would’ve creeped me out, for sure. So glad he/she didn’t have a weapon of any sort, too, and that my son was able to peacefully get away. Thanks about the poem, Pam. Needless to say, I became inspired after he told me what happened. 🙂 Happy weekend! ❤
It was a fab night! The band played below me, and it was a Hallowe’en party for one up here. They really sounded wonderful last night!
That sounds like so much fun! Our block was dead, no knocks on the door at all. We use to have lively Halloween nights, so it’s so sad. I just don’t think we have many young children in our neighborhood. Anyway, glad you had a great night! 💗🎵
Oh, no clowns were invited!! 😉
That’s a good thing! 😊
Have you seen the clown emoji? It’s quite scary. 🤡
I know! :O
Hope you enjoyed Halloween this year! I don’t do creepy well.
I don’t either, so I enjoy the fun part of it. But our block was dead (no pun intended). It’s not like years ago when our kids were little and the neighborhood was lively. So hubby and I agreed to pass from now on. It’s not worth putting our life on hold for two hours, hoping for a knock, and staring at the uneaten candy. 🙂 Thanksgiving and Christmas are my favorites. xoo
I liked the perspective and positive message in your poem. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you so much!
Clowns have sure taken a bad rap thanks to scary movies and books. Glad your son was fine. 🙂 xx
I never liked clowns and I think it’s their hiding behind either a mask or makeup what scares most people. And what a creepy experience your son had!
Hope you’re well, my friend! hugs&love! 😄💗💗💗
Good point, Sarah! When I was younger though, my mom made me a cute clown costume that I wore for many Halloween’s. Times have changed now and movies portray them to be scary and creepy. No more for me and you! 😊
Hugs and love, my friend! ❤️❤️❤️