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.
But there is a dark side to the fad as menacing pranksters with weapons have terrorised people worldwide.
Now children have been banned from trick or treat for their own safety amid “killer clown” fears.