Despite threats and reports, creepy clown costumes are still selling well


(WFLA) – With Halloween just over two weeks away, creepy clowns concerns are making some costume buyers think twice about where they’ll wear the scary outfits.

Theatrical Fantasy Costumes in Pinellas Park has been in business for around 30 years. The store is a catacomb of crazy, scary and outlandish stuff. Owner Rick Paul is very aware of the problems some “creepy clowns” are causing.

“If I thought somebody was like a bizarre looking guy, I’d give em a nice little heads up so he doesn’t get shot in the middle of the street,” Paul said.

RELATED: Creepy clown reports are scaring Tampa Bay area residents

Clown shoes, clown noses, clown hats and clown masks are all available. But, if you plan to buy these items to scare, you’re asking for trouble.

“Halloween, I think you’ll be okay. But any time prior to Halloween, when you’re walking around the street in a clown mask, that’s not a good idea,” Paul said. “Hate to see one of my customers get shot or get hurt or get beat up.”

Clown costume customer Chris Polenco is getting ready to wear the big nose and makeup included in his “killer clown” kit. That’s in spite of the fact Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco has warned clowns will be questioned.

“I’m going to a private party so I should be okay,” Polenco said.

RELATED: Sarasota County Schools providing counseling in response to creepy clown threats

If you are looking for a clown costume for Halloween, you can take Goodwill off your shopping list. The charity is not selling clown stuff this year.

Creepy clowns have not been banished from Busch Gardens. Eagle 8 HD flew over the theme park and spotted clown-oriented attractions in place for the park’s Howl-O-Scream event.

Park spokeswoman Karen Varga-Sinka said it’s had no “push back. “That part of our Howl-O-Scream event has always been popula,” Varga-Sinka said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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