“Killer clown” masks pulled from shelves as craze turns violent


Target – the second largest discount retailer in the US behind Walmart – is no longer selling a “variety” of the merchandise both online and in stores.

The retailer revealed it made the decision given the “current environment” which has seen the sick pranks turn violent, including stabbing incidents

Target spokesman Joshua Thomas told CBS: “Given the current environment, we have made the decision to remove a variety of clown masks from our assortment, both in stores and online.”

But not all official clown costumes have been pulled form the shelves.

Kids wanting to dress in “happier” looking costumes will not be disappointed for Halloween, the retailer revealed.

The craze – which first started out with pranksters in fancy dress stalking US university campuses – has sparked a rise in demand for bizarre clown porn and creepy tattoos.

But there is a dark side to the fad as menacing pranksters with weapons have terrorised people worldwide.

Gangs have left Brits “shaken up” after breaking into their homes, targeted children”s hospital parties and tried to snatch a baby from a worried mother

Now children have been banned from trick or treat for their own safety amid “killer clown” fears.