MINNEAPOLIS - Halloween costume shoppers won't be finding any "creepy clown" masks on Target store shelves or online.
The decision was made late last week to pull all clown masks from stores out of sensitivity for the "creepy clown" scare that’s spreading across the nation.
Target spokesperson Joshua Thomas told KARE 11 there were only a few in-store clown mask options. Those are no longer available for purchase.
"There was a much broader assortment available on Target.com and we pulled a good portion of those masks as well," Thomas said.
As of Sunday evening, a few masks remained online. Thomas said those, too, will be pulled very soon.
Police in several states have been dealing with threats and pranks related to people wearing clown masks.
Earlier this month, Muskegon, Mich., police stepped up patrols following school officials' decision to go under "soft lockdown" amid a reported threat. Other reports across the country include a weapon-wielding clown in an Arkansas town and another who tried to lure kids into the woods.
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