Halloween is the spookiest holiday of the season, and with it sometimes brings some scary visitors to the Basin.
Odessa Police say they had several “clown sightings” last year, leaving some residents feeling threatened. They don’t have an exact number but they say they responded to multiple calls.
A local professional clown, Linda Greene or “Greenie the Clown” says these trends are relatively new.
“There’s always been scary clowns in the past but nothing like this attack from the clowns,” Greene said.
Greene says she’s worried these events could tarnish the professional clown reputation, even after her nearly 30 years in the business.
“I was really afraid of that when this all cam out, I thought, ‘What am I going to do because that’s who I am!” she said.
Doctor Sesha Kotapati with the Texas Tech Physicians of the Permian Basin says everything was fine until 1981 when Stephen King came out with the novel “IT”. He says because of this book and Hollywood, clowns are getting a new look in the public.
Other psychologists say a fear of clowns is most likely due to the elusive nature of their appearance. They say with uncertainty or ambiguity about a threat, we naturally become a little wary.
Dr. Kotapati says studies show 42% of adults fear clowns, so if you have that fear, you’re one of many.
“If you fear clowns you are not alone, many people are like that,” he said.
Greenie, however, using this as a motivator to bring joy to the community.
“There’s a lot of evil out there and there’s a lot of meanness, and I believe God chose me to be a clown and to be a laugh maker,” she said.