Target has pulled clown masks and costumes from all its stores and website because of the clown pranks around the nation. Until Target pulled its clown apparels on Sunday, the retailer had noticed a big increase in sales. The retailer knows it will lose money so close to Halloween, but the decision was made out of sensitivity for the public. Too many bad things have taken place because of the creepy clown craze. Target doesn't want to contribute to the pranks by selling any clown-related items. 

Creepy clown craze arrests

The clown craze is a nationwide occurrence.

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People have been arrested because of threats. Earlier this month, a 15-year-old girl was arrested for posting a Kroacky Klown threat on Facebook aimed at residents in the surrounding cities of Bloomington, Minnesota. The post indicated that if people lived in the cities she listed, they were in danger and could be killed.  After her arrest, the girl told police her goal was to frighten her boyfriend who lives in one of the places she cited.

A couple of days later, police arrested a 13-year-old boy in the same area when he posted implied clown violence on social media against Valley View Middle School.

Last week, a St. Francis volunteer soccer coach was fired from his duties after he wore a clown mask at the team’s final practice. School officials indicated that they were looking out for the safety of the students. On October 8, two 18-year-old women in Roseville, Michigan dressed as clowns, chased, screamed at and terrorized two 14-year-old girls. The women were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct

Nationwide clown arrests

So far, more than 37 states have reported clown activities. Some sightings were just pranks.

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Some activities did lead to actual arrests. Alabama has had nine arrests, and Ohio has had eight arrests. A truck full of teens wearing clown masks taunted a female driver in New Jersey. Police found clown masks, a knife, and marijuana inside the truck when it was stopped.  The driver was given a traffic summon for reckless driving. One passenger was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

Costume shops

Other retailers like Target have stopped selling clown outfits. Costume shops that are still selling anything related to clowns give safety tips along with purchases.

Ronald McDonald, the famous clown at McDonald's fast food restaurant, has been keeping a low profile by cutting back on appearances since the clown sightings started last August.