Finding a clown costume for Halloween is getting a little harder.
Target Corp. has removed some clown costumes from its stores and website after numerous scary clown and creepy clown sightings nationwide.
“Given the current environment, we made the decision to remove a variety of clown masks from our assortment,” Target spokesman Joshua Thomas said in an email to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The bizarre trend of clown spotting and online “clown threats” hit the Chicago area in early October.
Chicago Public Schools alerted parents that several schools were named in the kind of threatening clown-related Facebook posts that have popped up all over the country.
And police in several suburbs have investigated creepy clown sightings.
Ronald McDonald, the famous mascot of hamburger giant McDonald’s, isn’t immune either. The Oak Brook company recently announced its mascot is keeping a low profile as creepy clown sightings on the rise.
McDonald’s Corp. said it was being “thoughtful in respect to Ronald McDonald’s participation in community events” as a result of the “current climate around clown sightings in communities.”