I have always thought that clowns are scary so was not surprised when I came across this article. It suggests that hospitals should not decorate wards with pictures of clowns because children are upset by them. In fact a survey of more than 250 children showed that they all disliked clowns and even teenagers found them scary. The fear of clowns, known as coulrophobia, can cause panic attacks, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea and feelings of dread. Clowns are Evil.