Exciting news, FX’s American Horror Story: Freak Show has set an all-time record as the most watched television episode in the network’s history, boasting 10 million total viewers. Less exciting and more terrifying, the show’s nightmarish clown, Twisty, among others, is thought to have spurred a clown alley movement in California.
If you didn’t know, clown alley is what a group of clowns is called. Only these clowns are not performing at a children’s party; a spate of clowns has been terrorizing Californians, chasing pedestrians late at night (probably down alleys…). City police have reported 16 sightings since Friday Oct. 10. At first it was just harmless fun; after all, it’s not against the law to dress up as a clown, but police are vowing to arrest individuals if the stunts continue.
But let’s take a step back. This all began when a couple photographed themselves in clown costumes in Wasco, CA, and posted them on social media. “Wascoclown” has 50,000 followers on Instagram. Some are enthralled by the 14-some photos of “Wasco” holding balloons in front of high schools, fast-food restaurants, and town signs; others not so much, especially now that copycats are popping up in nearby Bakersfield.
Looks like a real-life horror story has gripped California. Hopefully, the trend stops and the horror stays in your living room—on your television, of course.