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Scared of clowns? You might want to avoid the Alamo Drafthouse this weekend

Remember the Great Clown Scare of 2016? Across the nation -- and even in other countries -- folks young and old reported seeing creepy clowns (is that redundant?) lurking about and possibly trying to lure people to their deaths.

Ah, 2016 -- it was a simpler time.

Well, if you suffer from coulrophobia, you now have even more to worry about. “It” -- a big-screen version of the 1986 horror novel by Stephen King -- debuts this weekend, and the Alamo Drafthouse, as always, wants to get in on the fun.

The theater chain is having special “clown screenings” of the movie this weekend at the Lakeline, Mueller, Slaughter (insert joke here) and Village locations. According to the website: “For this special Clown screening of IT, all attendees should arrive dressed as a clown in order to attend.” That’s right -- a theater full of clowns.

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Several of those screenings are already sold out. But, if you actually want to be surrounded by costumed, face-painted, possibly murderous clowns, there’s a Clown Screening Pre-Party at Barrel O’Fun, the Mueller location’s bar, on Saturday that’s open to everyone and promises face-painting, a photo booth, prizes and “other terrifying merriment.”

Now, all joking aside: Let’s pause for a moment and think about what this frightening turn of events is doing for the non-murderous clown industry. 

OK, enough of that -- here’s proof that the only thing creepier than a clown is a child dressed as a creepy clown.

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