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Oak Park reverses course on clown costume ban at Halloween event

Associated Press
Daniel Disorderly as Relik the Clown, poses for a photograph ahead of a dress rehearsal of the Circus of Horrors' latest show.

Oak Park has reversed course after its plan to ban clown costumes from an annual Halloween event to avoid potentially scaring children drew criticism.

The city posted a press release on its Facebook page Tuesday, saying the city won’t ban clown costumes or other costumes from the Oct. 31 “Halloween Boo Bash.” Officials instead are “encouraging parents to use their best judgment” about costumes for the family-friendly event, which includes trick-or-treating, music and a magic show.

Oak Park says the initial clown costume ban came about after the city’s Park and Recreation Commission heard from parents in recent years who said clown costumes are associated with “scary movies that are targeted for an adult audience.”