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 says 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, including Georgia, have been dealing with threats and pranks related to people wearing clown masks.
Earlier this month, police in Minnesota arrested a 13-year-old boy after allegedly making a school-related "creepy clown" threat on social media. Hopkins Police also arrested a 15-year-old Minnesota girl over allegations of a clown named "Kroacky Klown" making threats to "kill" on a Facebook page by the same name.