By: Cami Swafford
This month, due to the influx of clowns taking to the streets around the country, Target reportedly removed a variety of clown masks from store shelves and the company’s website. Target did not disclose which masks were removed. Certain clown masks and costumes remain on the company’s website with links to other Halloween costume company websites. Target’s spokesman, Joshua Thomas said, “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 isn’t the only store to take action. Similarly, Home Depot removed a Halloween decoration called the Scary Peeper Creeper from their stores in Canada after receiving numerous complaints from customers. McDonald’s also responded to recent clown sightings by reducing the number of public appearances and performances made by the company’s clown mascot, Ronald McDonald. Many schools are banning students from wearing costumes on October 31 this year.
On the other hand, costume companies have experienced a soar in clown costume sales in the past month. Many people view the numerous clown sightings that have occurred recently, as an inspiration for how to dress and act. Hundreds of people are expected to dress up as clowns this Halloween as a joke.
The newfound hysteria that surrounds recent sightings has resulted in hundreds of attack reports that are, for the most part hoaxes. It is urged that people do not report a clown sighting to authorities unless there is a threat to a person’s safety. False reports made about these clowns only result in the draining of police resources and time.
It is also urged that everyone keep an eye out this Halloween and be weary of any strange clowns that are approaching. Stay safe and have a BOOtiful Spooktober!