FIRST creepy red balloons popped-up tied to storm drains last week — now Sydney suburbs are going to be targeted by creepy clowns.
Nine suburbs will be spooked by monster clowns on Saturday according to the Facebook page Clown Purge Sydney. The group though insists that unlike the balloons, this is not a marketing stunt for the IT movie.
The bizarre craze began last year with reports of clowns trying to lure children into woods in the US state of South Carolina. It led to clown groups sprouting across America and mass clown hunts in other areas, before spreading to Australia.
Social media fuelled the craze, with clown pranks appearing in NSW, Queensland and Victoria, sparking police warnings about copycat pranksters.
“After the release of IT, we’re coming back bigger and better,” a Clown Purge Sydney social media manager wrote.
“On Saturday we will be sending out 10 clowns to all different areas. We’re not here to harm, only here for a laugh and a good time.”
It comes after mysterious red balloons began appearing around Sydney, accompanied by the message “It Is Closer Than You Think”.
Confused social media users shared pictures of the balloons tied to drains.
However it was revealed to be a clever marketing ploy to promote the remake of the movie classic IT, featuring supernatural monster Pennywise the Clown from the Stephen King novel.