— -- The scary clown craze is now affecting big businesses like Target, which is removing clown masks from its shelves just weeks before Halloween.
The retailer's decision comes after multiple reported incidents of clowns attempting to lure children into the woods in recent months.
"We had a few masks in stores, which we began to pull last week," a media representative of Target told ABC News. "We also have edited down our assortment online. You'll still find clown masks there, but we made the decision to pull back on the number."
Target had no reports on whether there had been an increase or decrease in the number of clown masks that have been sold since reports of clown sightings.
This decision was made out of "sensitivity to the issue at hand," the rep said.