Halloween countdown: States, residents get ready for creepy clowns:
"Reports of people dressed as creepy clowns in more than 20 states have put many on edge this year.
The phenomenon has even managed to get the attention of the White House, where Press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked about the recent rash of creepy clown arrests on Tuesday.
But as Halloween approaches and all kinds of characters, mostly cute ones, drift up and down neighborhood streets, some are worried about how creepy clown concerns could bleed into a night ordinarily reserved for heaping amounts of candy and harmless pranks.
Here's a look at how people plan to respond to creepy clowns:
Brevard County, Fla.: Two men were charged by Melbourne Police after they allegedly donned clown outfits, armed themselves and chased people, making threats.
There have been some five sightings reported to Palm Bay police and numerous others creating buzz on social media across Brevard.
Some residents say they’ll be exercising their Second Amendment right on Halloween.
“I'll be carrying for sure, I'm not leaving to chance,” said Kimberly Kersey, who will be taking her sons out trick or treating in Palm Bay.
“I'm terrified of clowns already and if one messes with me or my kids it'll be to the hospital or morgue they go.”
From a law enforcement standpoint, patrols will increase across the county on Halloween, which is standard and not impacted by the clown trend..."