Target will not allow anyone to clown around this year.
The Minnesota-based retailer with close to 1,800 stores in the United States, dozens of which are located in New Jersey, has stopped selling some of its clown costumes ahead of Halloween.
The creepy clown craze started online recently as eerie sightings and led to threats on social media. A number of children and teens have been charged over local threats.
A search on Target's online portal for clown masks Monday brought up a message that read, "Product not found."
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"Given the current environment, we have made the decision to remove a variety of clown masks from our assortment, both in stores and online," Joshua Thomas, a spokesperson for Target, said in an email.
Goofy adult clown costumes and children's costumes were still available online Monday afternoon.
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