Target pulls some clown masks from its shelves

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Due to the recent clown scares reported across the country, retailer Target is pulling some clown masks from its stores and online.

NBC reports there were only a few clown masks for sale in stores and those are no longer available for purchase. On their website, Target still has a few clown-related masks and costumes but they’re mostly of the “friendly” variety.

The creepy clown sightings have also taken a toll on one of the most popular clowns in the world: Ronald McDonald. “McDonald’s and franchisees in the local markets are mindful of the current climate around clown sightings in communities and as such are being thoughtful in respect to Ronald McDonald’s participation in community events for the time being,” a spokeswoman for McDonald’s told CNBC last week.

Police agencies are also encouraging people to steer clear of clown costumes this Halloween due to the issues that have been reported.

“For Halloween, maybe let’s pick a different costume for kids something else that’s not a clown just because of what’s going on,” said Manor Police Sgt. Craig Stuble. “We are investigating any people making threats and using the clown people to cause fear and scare people, and they will be prosecuted.”

In Central Texas, numerous students have been arrested for posting clown threats. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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