Roughly Speaking podcast: Halloween special: Best of horror movie music (episode 168)

Stephen King

As Halloween nears, clowns on edge

As Halloween nears, clowns on edge

It's normally Jordan Jones' job to frighten people this time of year. The professional clown, a fixture at Screamland Farms in Frederick, has been polishing his craft for a decade.

Now it's his turn to be the target of scares.

Jones, who works each Halloween as Snuggles the Clown, was posing for a picture by the side of the road in rural Pennsylvania recently when several people in a passing car shouted out threats to kill him.

He aborted the shoot — and still hasn't gotten over the fright.

"The whole 'creepy clown' thing has gotten out of control," Jones says "I can't believe what's happening to...