Target removes clown masks from stores, online

MINNEAPOLIS - Halloween costume shoppers won't be finding any "creepy clown" masks on Target store shelves or online.

The decision was made late last week to pull all clown masks from stores, out of sensitivity for the "creepy clown" scare that’s spreading across the nation.

Target spokesperson Joshua Thomas told WFAA's sister station in the twin cities, KARE 11, there were only a few in-store clown mask options. Those are no longer available for purchase.

"There was a much broader assortment available on Target.com and we pulled a good portion of those masks as well," Thomas said.

As of Sunday evening, a few masks remained online. Thomas said those too will be pulled very soon.

The national epidemic of threats and pranks related to people wearing clown masks made its way to North Texas this month, with reports of "creepy clown" sightings coming in from cities across the area.

Multiple North Texas high schoolers have been arrested for "clown threats" over the last few weeks. A 16-year-old student at River Oaks’ Castleberry High School, a 17-year-old Pinkston High School student and a Rockwall ISD student were each arrested for threats made on social media. 

Last week, three teens in Gainesville were arrested for a burglary and shooting involving clown masks.


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