DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Clown sightings across the Miami Valley are turning violent and now it has a local costume store owner issuing a warning. A Halloween shop warns people dressing up as clowns need to stop clowning around.
At Foy’s Costume Store in Fairborn, there’s dozens of clown costumes to choose from, but this year some customers are steering away from them. Store Owner Michael Foy has a warning to people who might be thinking about joining in on the trend.
“Don’t go to someone’s house and scare them,” Foy said. “Go trick-or-treating with your clown mask on your fine. Go to a Halloween party with your clown mask on your fine. But to wear it to school and to make threats. Don’t do it.”
Foy’s warning comes around the same time a 15-year-old Fairborn student was arrested after making a ‘clown persona’ on social media, threatening to kill students as they left school according to a police report. He’s currently being held at the Greene County Detention Center, facing a third-degree felony.
“I wasn’t shocked,” Foy said. “Kids will be kids and they just don’t realize that it’s that serious.”
At least 9 other sightings have been reported in the Miami Valley, including, Dayton, Huber Heights, Brookville and Franklin–where one woman was chased to her doorstep by a clown.
“I think,” Patrica Williams said. “It’s pathetic.”
Customers, like, Patricia Williams–who spent Saturday shopping for her kids Halloween costumes–is steering clear from the clown aisle.
“Just seeing a clown makes everybody terrified,” Foy said. “Last year, there were clowns everywhere and people weren’t as scared of them, but this year they are.”
Foy sells more than 500 different kinds of clown masks and costumes–which are always some of his top sellers every season. So far, the clown craze isn’t impacting sales. Foy hopes the incidents will come to an end before Halloween night.
“On Halloween everything is everywhere,” Foy said. “Every kind of ghost and goblin. Every kind of monster is out there. Michael Myers chasing Freddy. They will blend in, but right now you don’t see a Freddy out there, you’re seeing a clown. People are scared of clowns right now, but it will pass.”
Police are asking residents that if you do see anyone suspicious dressed up as a clown scaring people be sure to let them know.