Everyone has at least one fear, but one of the most prevalent is the fear of clowns. For some reason, people find these red-haired, red-nosed, energetic entertainers frightening. The recent clown fad may have established a fear of clowns in many people, or it might have been Stephen King’s “It” that made people afraid of them. Whatever caused your fear of clowns, you are not alone. It is estimated that 12 percent of American adults have a clown phobia. The fear is so common that it even has a scientific name: coulrophobia.
If you have a constant fear of clowns, it’s safe to say you won’t ever be checking out the Clown Motel. Yes, that’s right, there is an actual motel filled with hundreds of clown dolls, portraits, paintings, and other items that might terrify a person with a clown phobia. The Clown Motel is located in Tonopah, Nevada, a town many miles from any population center; Tonopah has 2,478 residents.
The motel promises that its visitors won’t be lonely since the reception area has over 500 clown figures on display. Just about every square inch of the reception area is covered with clowns. Everywhere you turn, you have a creepy clown smiling at you. The motel even has a stuffed, life-sized clown sitting in a chair in the lobby. The Clown Motel has a total 31 rooms, and each door has a clown sign. In one motel room, a portrait of a creepy, red-nosed clown hugs a little girl.
If you are already freaked out by the motel, you’ll be even more frightened after learning that the motel is situated right beside a cemetery full of people who died in mining accidents. The Old Tonopah Cemetery, founded in 1901, was active until 1911 when the number of dead outgrew the tiny plot. Some three hundred people are buried in the cemetery. And like any small town, it’s believed that Tonopah has its fair share of ghosts, many of which reside at the Old Tonopah Cemetery. So what’s better than checking into a creepy clown motel and visiting a haunted cemetery? We bet your kids are going to love staying at least a night or two.
Bob and Debra Perchetti have owned the Clown Motel for over 20 years, and they take great pride in their unique business. They have even set up a Facebook page for visitors to take a glance at what the motel has in store, for those thinking about staying a night. Visitors brave enough to check out the motel have given it awesome reviews, with a traveler writing, “Love this place. The owner Bob Pechetti is a gracious man, simply put, an amazing place, with amazing staff.” Don’t expect a grand hotel with luxury sheets and breathtaking views, though. his motel is simple, and for about $40 a night, it’s worth visiting, especially if you find clowns amusing.
The Clown Motel mostly caters to truckers, bikers, and other long-haul travelers who find themselves off the beaten path, but anyone can visit the motel now that it has gained quite a bit of fame. Surprisingly, there aren’t many horror stories surrounding the Clown Motel. It would make a scene for a creepy film if the owners ever allowed for it, but for now, it’ll just remain a creepy motel. If you don’t suffer from coulrophobia and are planning a road trip through Nevada, make a quick stop or even spend the night at the Clown Motel. We’re sure most of your friends wouldn’t have the guts to do it.