Reports of a rash of “Creepy Clown” threats across the country has led to an advisory by the Evanston Police Department to parents as Halloween approaches.

Although no bona fide scary clown sightings have been reported in Evanston, the department says, it has two incidents it is investigating over social media.

The department is advising parents to speak to their children to let them know that there could be “serious consequences” in copycat activity either in person or over the internet.

“What can start out as a prank,” the department warns, “can quickly spiral into a serious situation, and can result in the unwanted attention of law enforcement and/or a private citizen who may feel threatened.”


Although it is not illegal to wear a clown costume in public, “parents are encouraged to carefully consider whether a clown costume is appropriate,” EPD advises.

The bottom line is that the department will be out in full force on Halloween night, which is Monday, Oct. 31, to insure that an otherwise fun evening of trick-or-treating comes off without incident.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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