Carnivals and the Creep Factor


Carnivals, in earlier times, was most commonly found in Rome. Throughout history, many countries have embraced the art of being different and created variations of their own carnivals. For instance, there is Mardi Gras in New Orleans, as well as Rio de Janeiro. From masked balls to eccentric costumes, large parades, cultural foods and beverages and even rides and attractions.

But somewhere, sometime in history they became creepy. Whether it was how carnivals were portrayed in the famous non-fiction book, the Devil in White City, or the portrayal of carnivals and fairs in movies like “Mr. Giggles,” or even kids’ shows like “Goosebumps” and “Are you Afraid of the Dark.” 

Carnivals often have what is referred to Freakshows where they exploit and profit from an individual’s talent, and in some cruel cases, their disability. Carnivals have a sketchy history of human abuse as well as animal abuse. So, what we used to turn a blind eye to, has come to the forefront and the more we know, the creepier they become.

Now, that’s not to say all carnivals are bad, or treat their crew and animals badly, but there have been enough bad seeds to tarnish the entire reputation of the carnival.

If you have a creepy carnival/ fair story we would love for you to email us your story and we could showcase it as one of our blogs!

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