Alton Towers Aren’t Clowning Around!
12% of the UK population (7.5 million) have a severe phobia of clowns, according to research* released today by the Alton Towers Resort ahead of its annual Scarefest Halloween celebrations. The phobia proved more common than other typical phobias such as a fear of flying (7%) and a fear of snakes (10%) and has led the Resort to introduce a unique âRe-clown-ditioningâ treatment for its âCarnival of Screamsâ attraction, which is based on an old travelling funhouse overtaken by evil clowns.
Taking place at the Alton Towers Resort on Wednesday, 12th October prior to the launch of Scarefest, coulrophobics from around the UK are being invited to come and be cured in the mass clown phobia curing event. The âRe-clown-ditioningâ treatment has been devised by David Samson, a Clinical Hypnotherapist and specialist in unusual phobias and is based on the principles of Exposure Therapy.
The âCarnival of Screamsâ is back with even more twisted terror for a second year at the annual Scarefest, along with other interactive attractions including the Boiler House and the infamous Terror of the Towers, running for two weeks from 15th â 31st October. Guests will also be able to experience the Theme Parkâs adrenaline pumping rides, with late night opening until 9pm every night.
Katherine Duckworth, Head of Consumer Marketing at the Alton Towers Resort said: âFollowing feedback from last yearâs guests and based on our research, we wanted to offer visitors the chance to be cured of their coulrophobia in time to enjoy this yearâs Scarefest event and our Carnival of Screams attraction, which is set to be even more intense than last year!â
David Samson, Clinical Hypnotherapist said: âCoulrophobia, the fear of clowns, is more common than you may think. I have been specialising in treating unusual phobias for nearly 10 years and am very excited to be involved in the Alton Towers Resortâs âRe-clown-ditioningâ projectâ
If youâre coulrophobic and want to attend the âRe-clown-ditioningâ event on the 12th October please email email@example.com with details of your phobia to reserve your place.
To book tickets for Scarefest and the Carnival of Screams and for details of available hotel packages, visit www.altontowers.com
The top fears of UK coulrophobics:
Clownâs wigs – 2%
Their face paint – 41%
Their mannerisms- 11%
Their bad fashion sense – 7%