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Cops Warn: You Should Think Twice About Being a Clown for Halloween This Year!

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It’s almost Halloween and people are readying their costumes from princesses to zombies and everything in between. One costume that is sure to invoke some level of fear in everyone is the creepy’killer’ clown.

While most can handle a creepy clown walking down the street on Halloween with a group of trick-or-treaters, if one jumps out of the bushes unexpectedly, all bets are off. Survival instinct kicks in and the clown better hope it’s not a conceal and carry state. This is a prank that can get you seriously hurt, even killed.

You might remember that this time last year, there were a concerning amount of stories about creepy clowns jumping out of the shadows and scaring the daylights out of unsuspecting passerbys. The sightings became so widespread that there were instances of school lockdowns, arrests and even shots fired wildly into the woods where a clown was reported. Thankfully, the trend died down.

While the Fall 2016 clown panic seemed to be passing fad, the release of the movie “IT” this year has reignited interest in the creepy clown phenomenon. All indications are that this Halloween you can expect many creepy clowns to come knocking on your door. While Halloween is often a time for tweens to get a little crazy and wear scary costumes, pranking people with that mask on may not turn out the way they intended.

So this year, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office has decided to warn clown pranksters that if you choose to jump out and scare people this year, do so at your own risk.

H/T Miami Herald

“As Halloween nears, many are considering clown pranks for fright night fun.

At least one sheriff’s office in the state says don’t even think of playing a creepy clown if your aim is mischief.

Volusia County Sheriff’s Office issued a stern warning on its Facebook page Tuesday afternoon.

“Warning to evil clowns and anyone considering creepy clown activity: We will not be there to save you if your intended target defends himself or herself, and you may face other penalties as well,” the post read.

The warning was issued after an 11-year-old boy told deputies Monday that he was nearly attacked in DeLand by a man dressed as a clown, WESH 2 reported. The boy told deputy Justin Lococo he was riding his bicycle and as he approached Pine Ridge High School, a clown jumped from behind a light pole and bushes and tried to grab him.

The boy used his metal selfie stick to whack the clown multiple times, he said. The clown was described as about 5-foot, 9-inches and 230 pounds, wearing blue hair and a rainbow painted face.

The clown, the boy said, chased him then tripped and scurried back into the bushes and out of sight.

“The victim did not observe the clown with any weapons. He advised he rode his bicycle to school and notified a school crossing guard and various teachers,” the sheriff department’s post on Facebook read.

Deputy Lococo drove the route and did not observe any clowns, according to the post.

The new warning follows Miami police and the Broward Sheriff’s Office who warned last Halloween against dressing as creepy clowns in a series of videos posted to social media sites. “We would advise the community to avoid dressing as a clown this Halloween,” BSO said after a series of confrontations, threats and hoaxes.

Even friendly Ronald McDonald was put on a sabbatical as professional clowns, event organizers, and the World Clown Association bemoaned the tarnished image of clowns, which have been circus fixtures for generations.

You can bet clown costumes are even hotter this season in the wake of the film adaptation of author Stephen King’s “It.” The horror movie centers on a sinister clown named Pennywise who serves as the embodiment of evil to a group of children. “It” is the highest grossing R-rated horror movie of all time in North America with a domestic take of $315 million in six weeks.

Last month, an arrest was finally made 27 years after a man dressed as a clown shot a woman to death on Memorial Day weekend in the Palm Beach County suburb of Wellington.”

In some states, it is against the law to wear masks in public, with exceptions for days like Halloween. The problem is, just because it is Halloween, doesn’t mean the creepy clown isn’t a psychopath. What you might think is all in fun, might cause someone to beat the crap out of you.

Bottom line: If you want to wear a creepy ‘killer’ clown mask on Halloween, you better not plan on jump scaring people. If you do, be prepared for them to defend themselves. Better yet, forget the clown mask altogether and be something a little less freaky.

 

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