Some plan armed trick-or-treating after scary clown threats

PALM BAY, Fla. (AP) – Some residents say they’ll be armed for Halloween in Florida communities where scary clown threats have been reported.

After two Brevard County men were arrested last week for allegedly threatening people while dressed as clowns, Kimberly Kersey told Florida Today that she’d carry a gun while taking her sons trick-or-treating Monday in Palm Bay. Pam Metz said she’d carry a baseball bat while out for Halloween in Titusville.

Brevard authorities say clown fears could endanger someone dressing as a clown as a joke. That’s why Cassandra Closson of West Melbourne said she forbade her 15-year-old son from dressing as a clown because the costume was “just not worth any drama.”

In South Florida, the Sun Sentinel reports that Broward County schools prohibited clown costumes for Halloween activities due to safety concerns. 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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