Halloween without costumes wouldn’t be, well, Halloween. For Berlin police though, they want to make it a clown-free event after the creepy clowns trend that originated in the US has led to numerous, and dangerous, copycat events in Germany, and police are getting the word out with some spooktacular photos.
“We understand fun – but not every type is fun,” Berlin police posted in conjunction with the unsettling clown photos on social media. “Online pranks are part of our everyday lives and many of them are really funny and make us laugh, too. Many, but not all.”
Recent incidents across Germany this October prove that the prank is anything but fun. One of the most recent incidents occurred last Tuesday when a 16-year-old put on the clown mask and found himself stabbed with a knife when a 14-year-old acted in self-defense.
The social media photos may not prevent the most mischievous pranksters out there, but the police have also made it clear that anyone wanting to take the risk will be doing so with the notion that self-defense attacks are going to, in most cases, be fully acceptable.