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Typically, Halloween has been a holiday to celebrate the dead, filled with scary ghouls, zombies and ghosts. Trick-or-treaters and party-goers get dressed up and show off their most hair-raising costumes.

Horror movie marathons with the living dead leave us with nightmares for weeks. But the scariest culprit of them all is among the living -- clowns. Sure, they seem cute with their red noses, oversized shoes and ability to turn balloons into poodles. But underneath the face makeup lies a juggling terror whose boisterous laughter masks the screams of small children.

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If you don't already suffer from coulrophobia, this gallery of the scariest clowns will probably do the trick. Take a look at the photos above and tell us who's really the scariest: zombies or clowns?

This story originally published on Mashable here.