Professional clowns not laughing at creepy hoaxes

Professional clowns say their industry has taken a hit after the spate of "creepy clown" reports throughout the country.

Professional clowns say their industry has taken a hit after the spate of

Professional clowns say their industry has taken a hit after the spate of "creepy clown" reports throughout the country. (10/5/16)

MONROE - Professional clowns say their industry has taken a hit after the spate of "creepy clown" reports throughout the country.

Clowns and clown-related threats have targeted neighborhoods and schools in many places, including the Hudson Valley. 

Professional clowns performing under names like "Merlin the Magical Clown" and "Macaroni" say the hoaxes are something they don't find funny.

People have grown so concerned over clown sightings that police even showed up as News 12 was interviewing the professional performers in Monroe.

Police say the uptick in sightings in places like Newburgh and the Village of Florida within the last week are part of a national social media hoax. 

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