Target pulls clown masks from stores

Creepy clown masks reportedly began disappearing from stores last week, and the company officially confirmed it was removing its selection Sunday.

A Target representative said the decision to pull the masks was made out of "sensitivity to the issue at hand."

Creepy clowns have been sighted across the nation and are raising suspicions.

It started in South Carolina in August. Clowns reportedly lurked around an apartment complex in Greenville and tried to lure kids into the woods.

"There were clowns running in the woods telling the kids that they had candy, and they would give it to them if they came there," one child told WSPA.

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Penywise 'IT' Clown

Penywise Deluxe Costume, $49.95

With the movie release of Stephen King's best-selling novel "IT", it does not come as a huge surprise that Pennywise will be one of the most buzzed-about costumes. 

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Jughead from Riverdale 

Jughead's S shirt, $16.50 | Slouchy Knit Beanie, $8.59

With the much anticipated second season of Riverdale, something is telling us that Archie and his crew will be highly celebrated. 

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Alexander Hamilton, $36.71

Dress up as the star of this generation's hottest Broadway play.

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Jon Snow

Game of Thrones Costume Jon Snow Cape, $39.99

With HBO's hit TV show bigger than ever, Game of Thrones costume will reign supreme this Halloween. 

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60's Hippie, $16.99

Look the part of a hippie with bright pants and a psychedelic shirt! 

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Derek Zoolander

Derek Zoolander Silver Suit (wig included), $38.99

A forever favorite, Derek Zoolander will always be a ridiculously good-looking, go-to costume. 

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Headless Man, $37.80

Always a classic. 

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Tom Petty Groupie

Tom Petty T-Shirt, $10

With another music legend gone too soon, show your love for Tom Petty this Halloween. 

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Iron Man

Iron Man Captain America Deluxe Costume, $54.99

While DC fans will be channeling their favorite Suicide Squad characters, we know Marvel comic fans will be all about the Iron Man costume. 

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Hotdog Jumpsuit, $49.95

Stay warm AND creative this Halloween. 

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But it didn't end there. While a lot of these incidents appear to be senseless pranks, some encounters have been more threatening.

In Georgia, a group of kids were chased by clowns as they walked to school.

Authorities said none of the clowns made physical contact, but the kids were still pretty shaken up.

And after that, three people dressed as clowns reportedly dragged an Oklahoma woman out of her car and attacked her.

The masks aren't just gone from brick-and-mortar locations. If you search "clown mask" on the chain's website, the page doesn't show any.

An official told ABC the online selection has just been decreased, not entirely deleted.

See how people have been reacting to scary clown sightings:

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"there has been a clown sighting in Tennessee.." https://t.co/s5GFGN13oW
Y'all I can't sleep bc I looked up all the local clown sighting stories and I'm scared SOS
There's been a clown sighting in front of my apartment... Get my funeral ready goodnight
The "clown sighting" stuff is getting out of hand and personally freaking me out.
There was a clown sighting in Annapolis and I was like "they not gonna do that in Baltimore" this boy said "we got enough here already" LOL
So there was a clown sighting about 20 minutes from where I live https://t.co/FSJUn6Kcew
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