FOX 32 NEWS - A major retailer responded to the creepy clown craze by pulling masks off its shelves.
Target will no longer sell the costumes in their stores or online. A spokesperson says “Given the current environment, we have made the decision to remove a variety of clown masks from our assortment, both in stores and online."
This move comes with just two weeks to go until Halloween, but not all costumes shops are following Target’s lead.
Sales are up on clown masks, costumes and props at Fantasy Costumes in Chicago’s Portage Park neighborhood.
“We've been open for over 50 years,” said sales associate Ray Roman. “Clowns are just something essential that we always sell. We not responsible for what the people do with the products after we sell it.”
The move by Target comes, of course, after the creepy clown sightings have swept the country, leading to threats and police investigations.
Not all clown costumes are being pulled. The chain will still sell happier costumes in stores and online.
Earlier this month, clowns were spotted near schools in the city and suburbs.
Recently, three Illinois college campuses including University of Illinois in Chicago had clown threats. Downstate Eureka College even canceled evening classes one night due to a threat.