If you’re looking to get in on the creepy clown craze that’s scaring up frights all over the country, you will have to cross Target off your costume shopping list.
The nation-wide retailer said Sunday that it was pulling some of its more sinister masks due to the current climate in which scary clowns have been popping up all over the country, frightening kids and adults alike.
It’s no laughing matter.
The sightings of people in menacing masks have people so on edge that even Ronald McDonald is keeping a low- profile.
“Given the current environment, we have made the decision to remove a variety of clown masks from our assortment, both in stores and online,” Target spokesperson Joshua Thomas told USA Today.
One of the first clown frights was reported in August when children in South Carolina reported that creepy characters tried to lure them into the woods
Since then the clown crazy train has rolled into several cities including San Diego where just two weeks ago some jesters with red and blue hair were spotted driving by a San Marcos school, scaring children and prompting a call to police, ‘
And just over the weekend, a Santa Clarita man called 911 after he said a man dressed as a clown showed up at his front door and threatened him with a knife.
Target shoppers who wish to clown around, can continue to buy some “happy” clown costumes, which are still in the stores and are available online.
That dearth of masks at the discount stores, however, may not slow the craze. According to The CW33, the chain Halloween Express reports that evil clown costumes are up 300% this year.