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.

RELATED: Top men's Halloween costumes for 2016

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1. The Joker- Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad Joker Jacket , $45.59

With the release of major DC comic film, Suicide Squad, it does not come as a huge surprise that the Joker will be one of the most buzzed about costumes. 

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2. Derek Zoolander

Derek Zoolander Silver Suit (wig included), $42.39

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

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3. Ken Bone

IZOD Men's Cable Solid Zip Sweater, $39.91 - $47.99

Dickies Men's Flat-Front Pant, $17.97 - $41.64

Translucent Clear Lens Glasses, $6.37

Basic Character Moustache, $6.73

Americas newest hero is internet sensation Ken Bone. The middle aged, undecided voter became an overnight star at the second presidential debate 

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4. Donald Trump

Make America Great Baseball Hat, $12.99

While it may seem like we are living in a reality show with the current presidential election taking place, there is no doubt that Donald Trump will rank high amongst most popular costumes this Halloween. 

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Donald Trump
The Boss Wig, $19.99
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5. Dark Knight

Deluxe Dark Knight Batman Costume, $43.99

With the much anticipated LEGO Batman movie, something is telling us that Batman apparel will be highly celebrated. 

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6. Prince

Purple Prince Suit, $99

Halloween costumes are often based off past years most popular moments and when the world lost the Purple Rain artist this April, we predict Prince fans will dress up in his honor. 

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Prince
Prince Wig, $14.99
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7. David Bowie

David Bowie Glam Rocker Wig, $29.99

Another music legend gone too soon with a massive fan base; David Bowie. The iconic Bowie wig is selling out everywhere. 

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David Bowie
Short Sleeve Bolt T-shirt, $14.35 - $18.77 
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8. 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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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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