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Pennywise the clown

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.


Stuart Holly is the editor and co-founder of The Clare Echo. A native of Ennis, Stuart studied at St Flannan's College before obtaining a journalism degree in Dublin. After interning at The Evening Herald, he landed his first job with The Irish Daily Mail, Stuart worked in newspaper production with the Independent Group and in Auckland, New Zealand before a lengthy spell as a pun-spewing sub-editor at the Irish Daily Star. In 2015, Stuart returned to The Banner County where he took up employment as a news reporter with The Clare People.

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