No Clowns for Halloween?

Image: David Gallagher. Halloween, the eve of All Saints, November 1, is just around the corner. In the USA there have been numerous clown sightings which range from the bazaar to the deadly. Creepy clowns have appeared in the United Kingdom with some gross images posted on the web. International copycats have appeared in Australia and elsewhere. How should we respond? Obviously, in our US culture, we face a delicate balance between allowing the right of free expression while safeguarding the right of citizens to reasonable security and child protection.