The Tennessee Highway Patrol says this October, if you see something, say something.
VIDEO: Clowns allegedly terrorize children waiting for school bus
THP says watch for clowns trying to lure children in to the woods. They are possibly predators. Call 911 or *847 pic.twitter.com/7AaEOj4WuE— TN Highway Patrol (@TNHighwayPatrol) September 24, 2016
Clown sightings have been recorded through late summer in South Carolina, southern Kentucky, Tennessee and a few other states.
A teenager in Coffee County, Tennessee claimed to be attacked by a clown in recent days while other children reported clowns trying to lure them into the woods across the southern United States.
At a local shop in Lebanon, clown costumes remain a best seller for this year's Halloween season.
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Brendan Martel, an employee at the shop, says next to 'Halloween' stalker Michael Myers, the clown costume is in demand.
"To me, it looks like a bunch of jokesters," Martel says of the clown phenomenon.
Chase Pennycuff, a custome, says enough is enough.
The clowns pic wasn't a photo taken in TN, it's a photo circulated via social media. We're promoting awareness. This has been reported in TN— TN Highway Patrol (@TNHighwayPatrol) September 25, 2016
"Some people probably thing it's really funny, but again, I don't think it's intelligent to do something like that," Pennycuff says. "Standing in street corners with clown masks, it's not a very smart thing to do."
Some customers say the second greatest risk beyond terrifying children might just be a clown losing their life.
"You come out of the woods dressed like that, come out on the wrong person, they have a gun, could be your life in danger," says customer Hunter Sanders. "Its not worth your life for a simple joke."