On Sunday in Fargo, North Dakota, Roxane Salonen was playing tennis at a public park with her teenage son when she noticed a group of four figures approaching the court. As they came closer, Salonen realized they were all wearing clown masks. From the West Central Tribune:
She said they were chanting something as they closed in on her and her son, but they quickly ran as she called the police who told her it was the second report of masked clowns in the city that night.
"Even if it was a practical joke, right now it probably isn't a good time to be doing that, because there's so much worry right now in the world," Salonen said.
For Brenda Giere, the owner of Halloween Express, clown costumes have become more popular in her store over the past few years.
She said clown masks and suits have been outselling classic Halloween costumes like werewolves and pirates, just based on scare factor alone.
And let's not forget the creepy clown hysteria of 2016….