WESTFIELD, NJ — With menacing clowns making the news and causing panic both locally and internationally, Westfield public schools are asking all adults — staff, parents and other visitors — not to wear clown costumes when coming to Westfield schools this Halloween, according to Lorre Korecky, coordinator, school/community relations.

But unlike at some local schools, students will still be allowed to dress as clowns for their celebrations.

Other rules remain the same as last year:

“Costume accessories that appear like weapons are not permitted in any school,” Korecky said. “Masks cannot be worn in Westfield High School or in the intermediate schools. Face paint is not allowed at WHS. After lunch, elementary school students can change into their costumes, which may include masks. The chief of police asks that no child wear a mask to or from school.”