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Fourty Three – Clown Halloween Costumes: Big Nose, Slapstick and Evil Chuckles

By Joshuwa Alexis

Fewer costumes are as versatile as clown Halloween costumes are. Whether you opt for traditional happy clown make up or a scary evil clown mask, you can set the tone of your look to be anything you like. For some, the theme is a happy reminder of childhood joys and good fun. For others, keyword are as terrifying as it gets.

No matter what tone you choose for your disguise you’ll need a few basic supplies for your clown Halloween costume. To keep it simple, borrow a shirt and pair of pants from your largest sized friend or family member, find suspenders in a loud color and a disreputable hat. Add some greasepaint for your face and perhaps a pair of gloves. If you want to add more, visit a costume shop for some oversized shoes and a trick necktie that squirts water.

The tone of your costume refers to the style or character you portray through the look. This can be easily altered with the addition of some color of a few props. What makes clown Halloween costumes so versatile is the generally unsettling view of a childhood figure turned into something terrifying and dangerous. When something child friendly is warped and twisted slightly, the effect can be more terrifying than anything we expect to be frightening.

Happy clown Halloween costumes tend to include bright colors, sometimes-baggy clothes; bright hair wigs, and usually face paint. We usually associate these clowns with “good times,” such as birthdays or carnivals. Of course, some people already find these gaudy creatures frightening without any added intent by those wearing the attire.

Grownups might prefer to go the bad clown route. For this tone choose dark colors for clothing and paint a frown or sneer on your face. Add some props such as fake blood, a plastic patch that appears as a burn or scar on your face, or carry a dismembered arm (or head). Costume shops have an amazing variety of props to use for clown Halloween costumes. With a couple small ghastly additions and one large disgusting item you carry, you will be a sinister and terrifying clown.

When using face paints, pretest on a small area to be certain you aren’t allergic to the ingredients. Traditional stage makeup (grease paint) is available and gives the best coverage on your face. It is less likely to cause an allergic reaction or to run or fade than cheaper paints created only for Halloween sales. Drawing the mouth shape with a black grease pencil before adding the color will help prevent colors from bleeding.

A clown mask is a good alternative to those who have no desire to get paint all over their face, or if anyone is concerned about allergies to face paint. The only downside to using a mask is once you choose the style you like, you are stuck with it for all future uses. If you are a one Halloween per mask kind of celebrator, then this will not be a problem. However, if you like to get extra mileage out of what you buy, you may reconsider the face paint.

Create a clown Halloween costume that is uniquely you. Plan the look you want to achieve and go for it. Get your supplies together, choose the clothes you’ll wear, draw a simple design for face paint or buy a mask. Clowns can be hilarious, devious, sad, or threatening – there is no right or wrong clown Halloween costume. Turn yourself into a clown and have some fun. Edited by Svetchey Sanorols

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