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At a carnival and at Halloween, the child stars of "It" had early traumatic clown encounters. The adaptation of Stephen King's 1986 novel centers on a dancing clown named Pennywise that terrifies a group of kids dubbed the Losers' Club. (Sept. 6) AP

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That creepy, red balloon has made its way to the city streets of Des Moines.

Inspired by the horror movie "It," which is rated R and opens in theaters Friday, the balloon was tied down to a storm grateĀ in Sherman Hill.

See for yourself here:

Welp, we're not going anywhere near Sherman Hill anytime soon.

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The Des Moines Public Works can also confirm that there are no clowns in city's sewers.

"It" isĀ adapted from a 1986 novel by Steven King that portrays a sewer-dwelling killer clown named Pennywise who stalks children and lures them with eerie red balloons. The novel was later created into a miniseries with the same name in 1990.

Watch the trailer for the movie's remake:

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An evil entity haunts a small Maine town every 27 years in the form of a killer clown in the horror film 'It.' Warner Bros.

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People have been tying red balloons to storm grates in anticipation of Friday's release. Recently, Several have appeared in Lititz, Philadephia, where police officers from the Lititz Borough Police Department told CBS news they "want the local prankster to know that we were completely terrified as we removed these balloons" from sewer grates across town.

So are we.

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