10. The Clowns from “Dumbo”
You have to respect early Disney films for their beautiful animation, brilliant storytelling, and their effortless ability to traumatize small children.
8. Bart’s Clown Bed from “The Simpsons”
“If you should die before you wake…”
7. Bozo the Clown
For those old enough to remember — and still wake up in a cold sweat screaming, “Wowie Kazowie!”
6. The “Killer Klowns from Outer Space”
Wouldn’t be nearly as scary if they were spelled with a “C.”
5. The Clown Doll from “Poltergeist”
Apparently Steven Spielberg shares your crippling fear of clowns.
4. Zeebo from “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”
“It’s the most fun in the park when you’re laughing in the dark!”
2. Ronald McDonald
Even more terrifying in person, when he’d show up at your friend’s McDonald’s PlayPlace birthday party and try to lure you into the ball pit with the Hamburglar and Mayor McCheese.