This scary-clown donut delivery could be the worst thing you do to coworkers this Halloween

Seriously you may become the most unpopular person in your office this fall if you use the Hurts’ Donuts scary clown doughnut delivery service.

Oh Halloween. It is such a fun time. The candy, the costumes, the scaring your coworkers to the point where they are curled up in the fetal position on the floor asking for their moms. Fun! But seriously you may become the most unpopular person in your office this fall if you use the Hurts’ Donuts scary clown doughnut delivery service.

It is exactly what it sounds like. For only $5 and then the cost of a box of donuts, you can have a scary clown deliver these tasty treats to your coworkers or (soon to be) former friends. And this is not a friendly, happy circus clown. Oh no. This is a clown in the vein of Pennywise from It, as in the kind that will haunt your dreams and maybe even your days.

According to a 2016 Vox poll – which used 1,999 Americans – 42% said they were, in some way, afraid of clowns. Why are we so scared of what is supposed to be something fun and whimsical? It actually comes down to pattern recognition. Steve Scholzman, M.D., an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, said in an interview with People  last year, “With clowns, you have two arms and legs and a face — it’s human. Like most monsters, it’s a recognizable shape that’s tweaked. The perpetual smile is by itself is a different type of pattern recognition because we look at people’s expressions to get a sense of what to feel upon seeing them. But a clown doesn’t do anything but smile, so you don’t really know what it’s thinking or feeling. And all of those things are playing on pattern recognition.”

You also never really know what a clown is thinking. “They have these large, artificial, painted-on expressions, which you know don’t actually represent how that clown is feeling because nobody can be happy all the time and yet the clown has a big happy smiling face all the time,”  Canadian psychologist Rami Nader told Health.com. “In essence, you sort of know that it’s lying to you in terms of the presentation.”

Well if you live near one of the  19 Hurts shops in Missouri, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Arizona, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Kansas, then be on the lookout for any scary clown deliveries.  Check out the video below to get a glimpse.

Meredith Lepore|is the Deputy Editor of Ladders and can be reached at mlepore@theladders.com.