NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — If you were looking to be a clown for Halloween you’ll have to shop somewhere other than Target.

The retail giant is pulling most of its clown masks from its shelves and online following a rash of incidents around the country involving creepy clown sightings, including several in the Tri-State area.

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The move also comes after McDonald’s announced its red-haired mascot would be keeping a lower profile. The burger chain said that it is being “thoughtful in respect to Ronald McDonald’s participation in community events” as a result of the “current climate around clown sightings in communities.”

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For months, there have been reports across the nation of creepy clowns scaring people and even sometimes trying to lure children away, CBS2 reported.

Principals from more than a dozen Manhattan schools recently sent letters home to parents informing them of threats made on social media involving clowns. Similar threats have led to arrests.

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At least one school district in Connecticut has banned clown costumes during the Halloween season.