The fear of clowns is a serious condition, and for many, nothing to laugh about. recently did a story about a 95 - year old clown named 'Creeky'.  Among the 80+ people who commented about the story on Facebook, 20 used the word "creepy".  Some comments included, "Clowns freak the hell out of me", "I hate clowns" and "They just look evil to me".

Coulrophobia is the term used for the fear of clowns.  The fear of clowns can cause sweating, nausea, fast heartbeat, crying, and anger.

Researchers asked more than 250 children (ages 4 to 16) what they thought about decorating a children's hospital ward using clown images, clowns were, "Universally disliked".