While doing my customary "float around the internet until I become sleepy" routine I found a story that is just begging for discussion. In the U.K. there is a guy who dresses up like a clown ( an evil clown...! ) and basically you pay this gentleman to stalk your child for the week leading up to their birthday. He sends texts and phone calls which warn the kid that they're being watched and will be attacked. He also stalks and sets up traps for them among other things.Then at some point over that week he randomly runs in and throws cake in the kids face.
Don't believe me? The story is here.
I was floored by this. Not only because clowns unsettle me in the first place but because I cannot fathom how frickin' terrifying this would be as a kid... or hell even as an adult. I would assume that if the kid goes to their parents and tells them about the texts and stuff they dismiss it like they do in horror movies. Since they're in on the joke they could "safely" pretend to not believe the kid and go on about how their imagination is running wild.
Would you do that to your kid? If you did would it be as a punishment? If it were done to you when you were younger how do you think you would react? I mean... at that point your practically in your own horror movie. It would a hell of a story to tell your shrink 10 years later I suppose.