Target pulled some creepy clown masks from the shelves of many stores and online amid countless reports of clown threats nationwide.
The company made the decision to pull some of the masks due to the current climate across the country, according to a Target representative who spoke to ABC.
"We had a few masks in stores, which we began to pull last week," the Target rep said. "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."
In recent months, reports of people wearing creepy clown masks have caused problems for more than 20 states across the country. In some states, schools have closed while officials investigated threats of violence from masked clowns on social media.
The threats sparked outrage in many communities and prompted hashtags on social media, with many saying they wouldn’t hesitate to respond with violence if they come across a creepy clown.
But despite the chance that donning a creepy clown costume could put people on edge, evil clown costume sales are up 300%, as the costume chain Halloween Express recently told Eye Opener TV.
"In the top 10, eight of them are 'evil' clown masks this season, whereas last year, five of the top 10 were 'evil,'" Halloween Express spokesman Brad Butler told the news program. Other costume chains declined to comment or did not respond to inquiries from Eye Opener.
Target did not have details on whether there have been any increases in clown costume sales at Target stores, according to ABC.
Target did not immediately respond to a request for comment from USA TODAY NETWORK.