“Bobo the Butcher” makes a career out of fear. He’s an actor inside the Dragons House of Horror but outside the walls–he’s Harold Gideon.
“I don’t like threatening like that, outside your haunt, so if you’re in a haunted house and you’re a clown, good, keep it that way,” Gideon said.
Gideon says the clown craze puts a bad name on his craft and says he’s concerned about what’s been happening around New Mexico and the country.
People have been threatening to dress up in clown costumes, sometimes holding weapons and hanging on the street or near schools to scare people.
“Clowns going after kids, threatening kids, schools, I don’t agree with that at all,” Gideon said.
Next door to the Dragons House of Horror is ‘Quarantine the Curse.’ It is an interactive haunted house where the audience is matched with an actor. Box office manager Ericka Olvera said the danger of the “clown craze,” goes both ways; it’s dangerous for the public and for the people doing the pranks.
“People that are dressing up and trying to be, ya know like, pranking people, are being a little malicious, they’re in danger of people responding in a very aggressive way,” Olvera said.
People who dedicate their lives to the Halloween spirit want the clown craze to fade away.