Clowning around campus

Clown spotted in Big Rapids by students

Graphic by: Sarah Massey | Production Assistant

It sounds like something directly from a nightmare: a creepy clown was spotted in Big Rapids and then disappeared into the woods.

Unfortunately this is true. According to 9&10 News, the individual was seen on Colburn Ave. just before midnight Tuesday, Sept. 27.

“A creeped-out witness says the clown—in a blue costume with reddish pink hair—just stood there eerily looking at people across the street, before running off into the trees behind a house,” the report said.

Ferris construction management senior Evan Novack from Midland also saw the clown when he was heading home at around 11 p.m. last Sunday, Sept. 25.

“I saw the clown while I was driving on Old 131 just north of town,” Novack said. “We were just talking when a red S-10 was pulling out of a driveway. We both looked at the car and saw that the driver had on all white face paint, a big red nose and red hair-fro going on and looked at each other and said ‘holy shit, that’s a clown.’”

Novack and Ferris freshmen Micheal Barrons were understandably alarmed by the incident.

“It was freaky, [it] sent chills down our back,” Novack said, “I didn’t think clowns could drive.”

There is no word whether or not these sightings are connected, but they both are a part of a long list of reported sightings across the United States. According to USA Today, more than ten states have experienced sightings of clowns, and schools were even closing in Cincinnati, Ohio due to a woman being physically attacked by a man dressed as a clown.

If you have any information about any of these clown sightings, contact Big Rapids police at (231) 527-0005.