Creepy clowns in Germany might get jail time

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Jail time for dressing up as a clown? In Germany, that's a possibility.

You've probably heard a lot about creepy clown sightings recently: people getting dressed in colorful costumes and scaring people — or worse. Germany isn't exempt from the craze, and the government says it's cracking down just in time for Halloween.

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Authorities there say they're taking a zero-tolerance policy on those in clown outfits creeping people out, with one justice minister suggesting a yearlong jail sentence.

The move comes on the heels of some very real crimes in Germany. One clown attacked and injured a 19-year-old with a baseball bat. In a different incident, a woman says a clown frightened her with a chainsaw. And those are just a few cases.

German retailers have even pulled clown masks from shelves to curb the trend.

Authorities say those in Germany who dress up in clown garb could face punishment whether or not they commit a crime in costume. The country's Justice Minister Thomas Kutschaty says just scaring someone in a clown costume qualifies as a "criminal threat."

Germany isn't alone in its clown panic. Target recently pulled clown masks from its shelves, and McDonald's is cutting back on local appearances featuring its famous clown mascot, Ronald McDonald.

SEE MORE: Target Is Stripping Its Shelves Of Creepy Clown Masks

Of course, with Halloween quickly approaching, German officials fear these incidents could increase.

So if you were planning to be a clown at that Halloween party, maybe go as an astronaut, or a police officer, or ... really anything else.

Instead, try these trending costumes:

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Deadpool

Everyone's favorite cheeky anti-hero from Marvel's Deadpool is sure to be a popular costume this Halloween. Channel your inner Ryan Reynolds with this muscle suit and mask.

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Supergirl

Seeing as the CW's Supergirl has found a big following and the Superman vs Batman movie premiered this year, don't be surprised if you run into super heroes all night long.

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Captain America

Captain America will also be a hot costume this year thanks to the 2016 installment of Captain America Civil War. We're also expecting all of The Avengers costumes to be flying off the shelves this month.

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Rey

Rey is one of the newest additions to the Star Wars fandom, so it will be hard to not see a few present on Halloween. Rock Rey's signature three-bun hairstyle with this outfit to take your look over the top.

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Finn

But who is Rey without Finn? Grab a friend and go as this dynamic duo and you'll look out of this galaxy.

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Khalessi

Attention all Game of Thrones fans: we are totally obsessed with this gorgeous Daenerys costume! Grab a blonde wig or braid your own hair to channel the Mother of Dragons. 

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Jon Snow

...OR try out a fur-lined cape and join the Night's Watch. Get your squad together and you'll be ready to guard the wall Game of Thrones style.

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Ghostbuster

Feel like your favorite comedian from the new Ghostbusters movie with this jumpsuit. Go around your town and see how many ghosts you find on Halloween.

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Batman

While not everyone has a Batmobile, anyone can be this masked vigilante on Halloween.  Who knows? You may even run into Superman. 

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Alice in Wonderland

Take a trip down the rabbit hole with Alice this October! Are you Alice, the White Queen or the Cheshire Cat? Watch 2016's Alice Through the Looking Glass for inspiration!

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Ryan Lochte

Ryan LochteThanks to Ryan Lochte's infamous incident in Rio this year, costumes portraying famous Olympians will definitely be popular (Final Five, maybe?). Luckily all you need for this costume is a swim suit and cap.

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Kim Kardashian

How could we forget reality TV queen, Kim Kardashian? Slip on a body-con dress, add waves to your hair, find your Kanye and you're ready to go. 

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