"Clowns are just something essential that we always sell".
In an email statement, spokesperson Joshua Thomas said the masks were being pulled due to the "current environment". Target is no longer selling clown masks. "In the top 10 (clown masks), eight of them are "evil" clown masks this season whereas past year, five of the top 10 were "evil", he said. People dressed as clowns responsible for pranks and scares nationwide has the retail giant keeping clown masks off its shelves this Halloween.
"These people are using very poor judgement, doing what they're doing", said Sarasota clown Trebor Britt. Earlier this month, a clown making threats toward young students caused a lockout at a junior high school in Ogden. Fueled by social media and sensational news stories of people in clown masks terrorizing residential neighborhoods, a slew of copycats have sprung up across the nation.
Thomas Smith, 53, a Manhattan resident, turned himself in at the 19th Precinct on Thursday after police circulated a surveillance photo and video of him, according to police.
If you had plans on dressing as a creepy clown for Halloween this year you'll have to do your costume shopping at someplace other than Target.
In Michigan, Crypt Keepers Halloween Emporium boxed up all of its less expensive clown costumes, lest customers get hurt - or try to hurt someone else - while wearing them, the Detroit News reported. "Usually we see 10 to 50 searches tops".
The phenomenon started in late August, when children in SC reported seeing a clown beckoning them into the woods.
Target did not have details on clown sales within their stores. If some idiot in a clown costume comes running up to you on the street, just yawn. As part of his act he says he has never worn clown makeup because it frightens young kids.