My 4-year-old daughter has this tremendous fear for mascots and clowns. Whenever we attend birthday parties or costume parties and see clowns or mascots, she starts shaking with fear. One time, I brought her to a Dora show in Ayala mall which she insists on going at first. But when the show started and life-size Dora and Boots started dancing on stage, she began to tremble and scream. Since she was already screaming at the top of her lungs, we just have to leave the venue so as not to disturb those who are enjoying the show. I don’t always enjoy going with her to birthday parties especially those with clowns as entertainers because she would cling to me like a spider the entire party. It saves me a lot though because I don’t have to hire a clown or mascot during her birthday except for her 1st birthday when we had her party at McDonald’s and having “Grimace” as her mascot is part of the package.
Last Saturday, we went to Jollibee to eat dinner. Apparently, there was a party going on and Jollibee mascot was roaming around greeting the kids and adults alike. The mascot chanced upon our table and my daughter almost knocked out our food as she jumped off her seat to embrace me. The mascot even tried to pacify her but she just hugged me even tighter and started to cry.
I don’t know if there’s such a name for this phobia but it sure is freaking me out witnessing my daughter that way. I don’t know how long will she have this phobia or if there’s a cure for this. It’s amazing at how some children her age faces these mascots and clowns with no fear at all. I tried asking my sister who is a psychology major if this fear for mascots/clowns is a normal thing. She said it is normal for kids her age to have this fear for mascots/clowns. When they see these mascots on TV, they perceive them as little creatures and seeing them that big just scares the hell out of them.
I hope she'll get over this fear soon coz it would be quite embarrassing if she still holds this fear even in her teens.