Target Pulls Clown Masks from Shelves Ahead of Halloween

In the wake of recent clown sightings and scares across the country the retailer said, "This decision was made out of sensitivity to the issue at hand."
1:55 | 10/17/16

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Transcript for Target Pulls Clown Masks from Shelves Ahead of Halloween
new backlash from those recent clown scares across the country. We're two weeks away from Halloween. Target is announcing their pulling some of their clown costumes. T.J. Holmes is here with that. Reporter: Get this, on target's website, you can still get, as an adult, a Michael Meyers costume, complete are a fake butcher knife. You can't get a clown costume. In this season where you're supposed to have scary fun this creepy clown phenomena is causing some people and retailers to adjust. The creepy chaise has gone international. Bizarre bozo sightings caught on camera are lighting up social media feeds around the world. Back home, this video on live leak apparently showing a knife-wielding clown approaching a home. This clown on the back of a Detroit bus. Scary clown masks are flying off the shelves. National costume retailer Halloween express says its clown costume sales are up 239% this year. Target tells ABC news it's removing clown masks from its stores and scale back inventory online. Saying this E E do six was made out of sensitivity to the issue at happened. Look at this clown. Reporter: Even Ronald McDonald is keeping a low profile. With creepy clowns reported in at least 40 states. Hey, you the clown that was scaring those kids back there? Reporter: As far as Ronald McDonald goes, they're scaling back the appearances. Saying, hey, just being sensitive. Police say these are pranksters doing all these things. Social media causes it to spread like crazy. This close to Halloween. All right, T.J., thank you.

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