Creepy craze began in August
August, United States: In the state of South Carolina, the police receive reports of clowns standing at roadsides, trying to lure children into the woods with bags of money and green laser lights. Their motives are unclear, but it is believed to be a prank.
Oct 8, New Zealand: In the city of Hamilton, a 22-year-old woman walking home late at night is assaulted by two men dressed as clowns.
Oct 11, Britain: A 19-year-old is arrested for dressing up as a clown and wielding a chainsaw to scare people at Brunel University in London. The prankstersays it was a stunt for his YouTube channel.
Oct 12, Sweden: A group of men in clown outfits surround four 10-year-old children and threaten them with what is later found to be fake chainsaws.
Oct 16, Mexico: Five teenagers dressed as clowns are detained in the city of Mexicali after they used bats to frighten bystanders. Five other teens are detained in the city of Queretaro after police receive complaints about their "diabolical" clown costumes.
Oct 24, Austria: A 16-year-old girl twists her ankle when she falls down some stairs while running away from a man wearing a clown mask in a carpark in the state of Styria.