Local residents on alert for Halloween creepy clowns

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Some local families may be changing their Halloween plans after the recent clown scare craze. A number of threats in September put some schools on lock down after threats surfaced on social media. In Brighton, Police Chief Ray Hubbart said a clown harassed two children one Sunday evening on Huntsville Avenue.

Letson Farms resident Karen Anderson says she is a big fan of Halloween, and she doesn’t like the idea of creepy clowns ruining the fun.

“It’s fun and I pretend I’m scared of [the kids] … But no grown person is going to come up in here and mess with anybody’s child. I hope not because I’ve got my baseball bat,” said Anderson.

Anderson says because of the negative things people have done, the clown costume has lost its appeal.

“I don’t like them now since they’re not fun like they used to be,” she said.

Matthew Garrett, another resident of Letson Farms, says he recommends staying away from the clown costumes this year. He’s been a resident of Letson Farms for more than nine years and Halloween is one of his favorite holidays. He enjoys trick-or-treating with his niece.

“I don’t think anything is going to be different, but there are precautions to take and it’s better to be safe than sorry,” said Garrett.

He’s also confident because of the security law enforcement provides for neighborhood every Halloween. Letson Farms is hugely popular with trick-or-treaters.

“We’ve had blockades on both sides of the neighborhood. If something was to happen, they’re one phone call away. They’re right there,” said Garrett.

Ultimately, residents here say there’s no way they’re going to let a bad element ruin their good time.

“Just come if you’re coming, and if I’m home and got candy, I’ll give it out!” said Anderson.

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