Across the country people are using clowns to stir up a little fear and the prank is now hitting retailers. In towns around America threatening messages by people in clown costumes have been popping up on social media. In some cities people in scary clown costumes have been seen lurking in the woods or in dark areas. In some cases they’ve waved knives at people and wads of money at children. In response police departments have threatened criminal action and schools are banning all clown accessories. Now some major retailers are responding to the creepy clown sightings with some methods of their own. With Halloween rapidly approaching, Target is limiting its selection of clown costumes and accessories. It says the items remaining in stock are cheerful and happy clowns and not meant to illicit fear in communities. McDonald’s is also taking action by limiting the amount of public appearances being made by performers dressed up as the fast food chains signature clown mascot Ronald McDonald. You know the situation is getting out of hand when they have to take the happy out of your happy meal.