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Clare schools ban Halloween clown costumes

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GHOULS, monsters and witches made their way to school this morning, but alas, clowns were few and far between.

Most kids dressed up in their Halloween costumes for the last day of school today, but it seems many Clare schools have made the decision to ban clown costumes.

A parent posted a message on the Ennis Town Forum Facebook page last night, stating her eight year old son was devastated that he couldn’t wear his clown costume to school.

“Get told today that they’re not allowed and I’ve a balling crying 8 year old. And I’m meant to just pull a new one out of no-where?,” the post reads.

According to comments on the post, schools in Clarecastle, Corofin, Kilrush and Cooraclare have all banned the costumes.

Some parents agreed with the ban, stating that clowns can be very frightening to small children, as well as some adults.

Others were less inclined to support the decision with one person commenting: “The whole point of Halloween is to s*** a brick ffs”.

Our best guess is that this is a result of a craze last year that involved people dressing up in clown costumes and terrorising the public, as well as the release of the movie “IT” earlier this year.


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